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Created on May 04 2010
Mr. Dawkins,
I have just finished reading your book, "The God Delusion" and watching some of your videos as well. The gratitude I have for your unwavering stance based upon truth and reason is immesaurable. I must say that since my evolutionary de-conversion over the last year, I have grown somewhat cowardly in my admission of being a full-blown athiest. It has not helped, of course, to be constantly bombarded with scripture from parents, "logical" arguments from Christian friends, whom Im sure remain my friends purely to re-convert me, and the like. I have even started to encounter the mindset from some agnostic friends of "don't be so harsh on religion, who cares, live and let live" . However, the overwhemling historical evidence of sheer violence due to religious fundamentialism as well as my own near incapability to come to terms with the idea that I was NOT going to hell, have made me see that this is not just a matter of "to each his own". I will be there fighting behind the many, fighting against organized religion until the day I die.
I sincerely cannot thank you enough for your brain, knowledge, dilligence, passion and inspiration.
Amanda Schendel