Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(502)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Dawkins,

Although it would be dishonest to give you full credit for turning me into an atheist, your efforts have helped me feel more confident about it. Religious fundamentalism is a widespread political mechanism that relies on fear, hatred, xenophobia and ignorance in order to force agreement and obedience from people of all beliefs. I have often been cowardly when faced with superstition in the past. However, your writings have demonstrated to me that the only ethical and responsible way to live as an enlightened person in this world is to challenge hateful dogmas wherever they may be found. Thanks for the newfound courage and intellectual ammunition. My hat goes off to you… please keep it up!

Yours in Truth and Justice,

Dylan Figueiredo

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