A coming out party , Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1517)

Jan 29, 2013

Professor Dawkins,

My name is John Wheeler. I am 33 years old and I am living in good old Sin City(Las Vegas, NV). Seems a fitting place to live for the godless. I was recently introduced to your writing by a friend and in having read your latest books I must say I am a huge fan. It seems funny, the last time I read a book was in high school when I was forced to. Now within the last three weeks I have burned through The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, and God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. I am overwhelmed by how very interesting these books are. At the same time I have had a great feeling of satisfaction I guess, in seeing that there are people out there that see religion as false and bias. For years I have looked at all religion with very skeptical eyes. Calling myself Agnostic because I saw no reason to believe in any god. Religion has made me lose friends and excluded me from family interactions. The subject of god has even caused my wife to threaten divorce upon me for my “inability to be sensitive to Christians” even though she herself is not very religion and certainly not a Christian. Today I wish to stop calling my self Agnostic but rather I wish to come out and call myself an Atheist. I wish to thank you for helping me to understand the importance of evidence and critical thinking. I will never call myself smart but I certainly am more informed now than I was just three weeks ago. You can add me to you growing list of converts. This is the start of my coming out party and I look forward to the twisted looks on the face of everyone I tell. I will recommend your books to everyone I can. Not to steal a line from Bill Mahar but “I hope your book is in every hotel room in America”

Thank you again,
John Wheeler

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