A year ago I was accosted by young earth diatribe. It was a wake up to my meandering around the subject of deity based creationism. My father is a minister. Quite by accident I found myself in possession of an entire collection of Scientific Americans at the age of 14. At 16 I stopped attending church. Comparing the bible to the explicit truth in scientific processes gave me no alternative in logic than to refuse all the supernatural, and superstitious dogma with all the bloated tag along doctrines.
Mr. Dawkins, at 41, I have found my voice thanks to you. What you have done is of extreme importance. I feel emancipated from my silent dissent towards religion. I however refuse to align myself, or support any organization that I have no control over. I don't underestimate the power of a reasoned voice, but I can never let anyone speak for myself, or my beliefs, even if it appears our objectives are identical. A great independence coincided with my acceptance of scientific thought.
Critical thinking is the key to enlightenment, which I find is by majority, an individual sport. I do feel less reserved about expressing myself concerning my conclusions regarding religions. Thank you for your voiced convictions.