Dear Mr. Dawkins: We just recently came to that conclusion after MUCH research that we are Atheists. I am 39 years old and my husband is 44. We have been married 10 years. I was baptized at age 12 after a fire and brimstone going to hell sermon at the small church my family attended in a very small town in rural, central Ohio. I quit going to church at age 18 because 1) it’s boring as hell and 2) they kept firing the pastors. However, ever since then, God and Jesus would not leave my consciousness. They haunted me every time I did something in my life that wasn’t pure. When I "sinned" I felt tremendous guilt and worry that I would end up in hell. The last 20 years have been terrible. I’ve felt like a prisoner in my own mind.
Our GREAT AWAKENING began with Sarah Palin. Don’t laugh now. This lady scared the hell out of me. I live in America. I never paid any attention to politics or to ANYTHING that was going on with our government. I was too busy with my life and kids. This past election woke me up with a HUGE slap to my face. Sarah Palin assaulted my senses. When she first appeared at the Republican Convention, I thought I was seeing the devil on T.V.. (no pun intended). I started to research her and found out about the Religious Right. I heard of this "organized religion" but never paid any attention to it or its leaders. Boy did I get rude awakening. I don’t need to go into detail about the RR because I’m positive you know more than I do. We can agree that they very scary people. This lead me to start researching religion. I started to post on Democratic Underground. There was an ad for a video called "The God that Wasn’t
There". I decided to rent it. Slowly my rational thinking was coming back. Then I rented "The History of God" based on Karen Armstrong’s best selling book of the same name. Then I typed in Atheist in Google and first found Sam Harris. He really was the first that got me on the road to the truth. From there I found YOU, Sam Hitchens, Steven Weinberg, Colin McGinn, and countless others. I have seen "The Four Horsemen", "The Atheism Tapes", A Brief History of Disbelief, and countless debates and speeches given by YOU, Sam, Christopher, and countless others. I will get your books eventually and add them to my growing collection. We are getting ready tonight to watch your videos: "Root of all Evil" and "Enemies of Reason."
And for those of you who think religion is harmless, it is not.
Religion robs people from making the most out of their lives. This is the only life we get. Instead of living it to the fullest and appreciating what little time we do have, people create their lives around superstitions and rituals that they were created 2,000 years ago by men who were COMPLETELY IGNORANT. What does that make them? Completely ignorant as well! They spend their entire lives LIVING for an invisible being and for a chance at a divine afterlife where they are promised eternal orgasmic happiness and where they will see meet up with dead relatives. This whole ridiculous tradition is handed down generation after generation. Well I can tell you that I will not be indoctrinating my 7 year old daughter with this nonsense. She is already questioning everything I am trying to teach her (which by the way we encourage). She does research and tries to find evidence on her own before she will believe it. Thank God! (pun intended) She
wants to be a scientist and an astronaut. We will do everything we can to make this happen as long as she continues to show interest in doing so. However, I WILL be indoctrinating her on the truths about all religions so she will NEVER waste one minute of her precious life believing in the invisible man and all the nonsense that comes with him.
I further believe there would be much less death on this planet if there were no religion for the reason that if everyone realized that this is the only life they have, people would be less apt to kill that life so willingly. There would be a greater appreciation for all human beings.
Thank you for all your brilliance. It shines brighter than any star in the night sky.