Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(780)

Jan 30, 2013

Growing up in a small town in Indiana, its ridiculously hard to tear away
from “faith”.

Nevertheless, I have done so sucessfully.

I was raised to believe absolutely whatever the Bible taught me with a
literal translation. If it were not for the internet, and my parents
thankfully lenien t policy on it, I may still be deluded. I grew up in an
environment where questioning God was grounds for priveleges being taken
away, punishments at school, and ostracization.

I seriously believe I had it about as hard as the majority of homosexuals in
my area (possibly an exaggeration).

Anyway, I just wanted to thank YOU personally for telling me that my
eighteen years of suffering was worth it. I wanted to thank YOU for telling
me I'm not the crazy heretic I was taught to be. I wanted to thank YOU for
telling me that it's ok to come out of the closet. I was moved to tears
reading your book. I, a twenty year old human, was moved to tears at how
unbelievably stupid I had been for the past 17 years of my life.

Quite honestly, I'd follow you to the very gates of “hell” and back. There
is no way in which I can repay you or any of my atheist friends for freeing
me from this petty mental oppression. It would be wrong to say I worship
you, but you will always have my respect, and my word in a false accusation
upon you.

With my regards,

Davidov Christiansen

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