Hello Mr Dawkins
First of all, I would like to apologise if contacting you via facebook is too familiar. I have wanted to write to you for a long while though and, seeing your name, I thought that I may as well do it now.
I am sure that you get a lot of letters and emails like this but I just wanted to say that I watched your “Root of all Evil” programme the other night and I thought that it was great. Believe it or not, I have a lot to thank you for. Three years ago I started going out with a colleague from work, who is also a solicitor like me. I discovered he was a Mormon but this didn't put me off at all since I didn't know anything about the religion at all. We started going out and I was introduced to his family. They were nice enough at first but soon I started to be under more and more pressure to join them at church, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol and read the Book of Mormon (to name a few). I love learning about new things and so started to research the religion. The things that I discovered were frightening – the whole history the religion, who Joseph Smith seemed to be and how they had no evidence whatsoever for what they thought was the truth. I started to fight back – I started to challenge what my boyfriend's family and my boyfriend believed in. My boyfriend's father responded by accusing me of approaching things in an intellectual manner when I should just “accept”. I refused to do this. I introduced my boyfriend to Fawn Brodie and had daily debates with him. Gradually, he began to question the beliefs that he had been indoctrinated with since he was a baby. His family saw this happening and grew extremely nasty. They warned me to stay away from him, told him that I had been sent by the Devil, he would go to hell and never see his deceased mother again and so on. It was horrible. I almost suffered a nervous breakdown as I was fighting to stay with the man that I had fallen in love with. In the end, my boyfriend was asked to choose between his family and me and he chose me. We were married on a beautiful day last year in Sri Lanka without any of his family in attendance.
I wanted to write to you as I share so many of your opinions on the danger of so many religions in this world. I know you have so much work to do but I wanted to suggest that you really should look into the Mormon religion. I find the fact that it is mushrooming extremely frightening given the serious restrictions that it imposes on the lives of individuals and how devisive it is.
I hope you read this email. My husband has read most of your books and we watched you and your wife discuss the God Delusion in Birmingham. We really do think a great deal of your work and I know that your work has helped my husband to leave a, frankly, frightening and restrictive way of life.
With my kind regards