Dear Professor Dawkins
I have never felt the need to make my feelings known or to send an email to a web site and thus literally place a flag in the ground for my feelings concerning religion. For the first time in my life I feel the need to do just that. Growing up in South Africa, a country of great religious belief on the side of both black and white people – (of which I am one of the white minority) it is difficult to express a lack of religion. It is even more difficult in South Africa to express scorn or sometimes ridicule the blind obedience to religious ways and traditions. After reading your book 'THE GOD DELUSION' I felt the need to write this mail. I was brought up in a family that believes in questioning. Nothing is ever set in stone, question everything. And also my parents felt the need to encourage reading. Read everything you can get your hands on. Thus, after reading copious amount of fiction, non fiction and questioning everything as a school boy I came to the gradual conclusion – (by the age of 13 already) that religion expects you to believe in something with ABSOLUTELY no proof. Nothing!…!…I always felt in my gut that this expectation of blind faith with absolutely nothing to back it up was asking a little to much. I did find it strange however that most people did not seem to agree with me. Maybe my Fathers Axiom of 'religion is a crutch for the weak and the helpless' had a bit to do with my skepticism…chuckle…
Anyway…I would just like t say…Douglas Adams is not your only convert, you have at least one in South Africa as well. Continue in your good work. It makes me feel good to know that I am not the only person in the world that questions and does not accept religions expectation of blind faith…! Especially when the other person is someone of the intellectual status of yourself. Added to which, reading the emails from other people around the world leads me to believe that com! ing out of the atheists closet is something that can now be done without someone being stoned for it…well…at least if you chose the right place to do that coming out.
Thank you for a great read!