Dear Professor Dawkins:
I just want you to know that you greatly inspired me to expand my knowledge and understanding about the world, and to be proud and not afraid to be an atheist, and to be supportive of other agnostics, atheists and doubters.
Before reading your books, I was a completely socially phobic and absolutely introverted, milquetoast atheist. After reading several of your books, I became a totally radicalized activist, most particularly because of The God Delusion.
I am still very shy and find it difficult to be an atheist activist, but as America and my own university become increasingly obsessed with religion and with infiltrating Science and public policy with ridiculous notions about creation science and the like, I have started an atheist group on campus. I find it amusing to note that I have become known as “aggressive.” Well, there's a first time for everything!
Thanks for helping me to broaden my knowledge, and hopefully, my horizons. I hope that my activism also helps others become less alienated and more aware of how important it is to be “out” as an atheist. I hope it becomes more fashionable and safe to do so, as well. I do not live in a part of America where it is always safe to be 'out'; nor is it ever easy, but thanks to you and a few other brilliant and bold souls, it is better! Thank you for helping to make it so!
-T. Joy Nichols, UNC-Chapel Hill Secular Student Alliance