Dear Professor Dawkins,
I was brought up by wonderful loving parents, who were both Christians. In fact my father was a vicar for many years, largely, I think, because his father had been one too (his parents had both been missionaries in China). For years my father had doubts about his faith, and I would often try to justify religion to him, not so much because I had a deep faith, but because I was trying to make him feel better about his life choice. I never felt indoctrinated or forced to go to church, but I went, sang in the choir and enjoyed it.
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for helping me (through your book The God Delusion) to realise that I don’t believe in God and I also don’t need religion. I will miss the hymns (I am a musician) and there are lots of nice people I know who are deeply religious, but I’m glad I’ve finally woken up and won’t waste any more time on wondering about it.
I’m annoyed that my daughter (5) is being taught about the bible and god through the religious assemblies that are (according to her headmistress) a legal requirement in this country. It’s a very mixed school, religion wise, and not denominational. Why should my children be indoctrinated in this way by people who are strangers to me?