Dear Richard Dawkins,
I remember being a child in Catholic school asking my teachers, “Will my family go to Hell because we don't go to church every Sunday?” and of course the answer was yes.
I remember being young and fearing I would burn in hell for being attracted to both sexes and thinking something was wrong with me. Everyone around me was homophobic(family included) and religious so I didn't feel comfortable talking to them about it. Slowly I tried to tear away from religion because the fear of hell was killing me. Nothing felt right about the religion, it only made me feel horrible and afraid to even think certain things.
Last year one of my coworkers turned out to be a evangelical Christian and told me I was going to hell because I questioned God and the Bible and because of my sexuality. After arguing with him I really couldn't take it anymore because it felt like everyone was against me, and I typed “atheist” into YouTube and your interviews came up. If felt so good watching you speaking against religion so bluntly and unapologetic-ally (like a rock star scientist!) because I've never seen that before. Everything you said made perfect sense !
After listening to you I wasn't afraid anymore, finally .
I've watched all your movies and interviews since, read The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion(loved them both!), and go to check your website daily.
You've given me so much peace and I could never thank you enough.