Dear Professor Dawkins,
Catholic elementary school, scary stories, sleepless nights as a child… I know what religion can do to a child all too well. I entered Catholic high school with many questions which were never answered satisfactorily. I was made to feel badly for asking them, for thinking them. I experienced years of confusion and all the dogma was unacceptable to my logical mind. I cried over all the suffering I saw and wondered why God was not listening. But everyone else seemed so happy, so strong regarding their beliefs. So I searched other belief systems. I became involved with the New Age period at its height, to the criticism of many of my friends. I studied comparative religions in college, I searched and searched to no avail. My story was somewhat similar to Julia Sweeney. I found no Truth, no peace. I kept my thoughts private because I was surrounded with very religious people, especially in work. I would hear people say “God bless you” after every sneeze. It would drive me crazy. I could not understand why we had to ask a god to bless anyone. My “salvation” came when I started reading your books and listening to your lectures. There was the prove, the information and answers I recognized as Truth for the first time in my life. There is no evidence for the existence of god. Evolution is the greatest show on earth! I am hungry for the Truth and I have bought your 20 DVD set, along with the scarlet letter A. I am now free, at peace, proud and happy to be an atheist. I am excited about life and learning all that I missed. I am not afraid to die. I will make my voice heard regarding our Civil Rights, in matters of Separation of Church and State and wherever I can. Thank you so much for all your work, for everything you have done for me. I hope someday to be able to attend a convention where I can meet you in person.