Dear Professor Dawkins,
When I started falling in love with science from an early age, I knew I had a different view from the other Muslims around me. I grew up in Iraq and I'm a 27 year old male.
I found what I have been looking for in your books and you amazing charisma and intellectual magic.
You sir, have changed my life. Islam is a horrible way of life and a brainwashing indoctrination; and also an absolute absurdity when it comes to explaining scientific phenomena and natural events.
It's beyond me why people get into Islam and fall for this brainwashing way of life, but again I remind myself that some of their brain cells did not evolve to start functioning properly, but also feel sorry for the innocent children who are being brainwashed and indoctrinated everyday there by their hateful religion and misguided way of life.
I have read your books and other writers' books on science, evolution, atheism and other subjects and I am certain that atheism is the way for love, peace and morality.
I was raised in a moderate family in Iraq and I was very well educated, and supplied by various scientific books and resources by my father, who by the way, was killed in 2006 by Islamic fundamentalists because he refused to submit to their barbaric system. So they kidnapped and brutally killed him, and they burnt my house. And before this incident, also in Iraq, I was Kidnapped and tortured before by Islamists just because I was translating for the US troops. I have seen the ugly face of religion that is Islam and I have researched it and read their books and know how they think and their true ideology.
I live in now in the US, in the New York area, trying to start studying politics in order to achieve one of my goals, which is actively debunk Islam and it's origins in the middle east, also I'm currently very active online in anti-Islamic debates. All Thanks to you Professor Dawkins; I feel it's my duty to reveal to the world the true ugly face of Islam.
I'm a better human now and I'm proud that I'm an Atheist; and truly knowing that science is the way to find happiness and freeing your mind from all the religious baggage and guilt. And like Terry Pratchett once said “I'd rather be a rising ape than a fallen angel”.
When I start debating muslims on science and religion and how that they're definite that a “creator” exists and that Islam is the only way, I start structuring my thoughts and debunking their ideology piece by piece, by quoting you sir and quoting others like you and also quoting my hero Charles Darwin. I know that deep inside them they know that they're misguided fools but they're so fixed on making religion prevail no matter what. And I remind them that they're taking on the role of ignorance and backwardness, and like the late Carl Sagan said “Anything you don't understand, you attribute to God. God for you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say God did it”
and that's what religion does, turns off people's brains!
Professor Richard Dawkins, you sir have showed me the way as you have showed millions of others like me. And I'm proud that I'm supporting you, and I hope you give me the chance someday to show you how much I am eager to join you and others in the fight against ignorance, backwardness and wickedness that is Religion.
I will support you and will always be actively engaged against religion and will always promote the truth of science and evolution.
Science flies you to the moon, Religion flies you into buildings
Thank you Professor Dawkins, I love you and will never back down, we're in this together. you're my Idol.