Dear Richard Dawkins,
I have been an atheist for all but the first 16 of my 68 years. What has changed in the last 5 or 10 years (at least in England) is that saying “I’m an atheist” in polite company is no longer a complete conversation stopper – I no longer feel the need to “get my coat” and you are responsible for much of this change. So thank you – thank you very much.
PS Have just finished “The Greatest Show on Earth”. The passage on the evolution of silver foxes towards dogs was a revelation as was the microbial flask experiment. I was not prepared for evolution on a scale of years rather than millions of years – and for this I must again thank you.
PPS I watched a very bad movie about a home-schooled girl entering an American High School at 16 (called I think, Mean Girls) A short sequence dealt with the usual reasons for home schooling – cut to a bunch of primitive oakie kids where one says “On the 4th day the Lord created the Remington Rifle so we could hunt dinosaurs and shoot the homosexuals”. Nice to know that mainstream entertainment films can take the piss out of the fundamentalists quite savagely without fear of a boycott destroying the box-office.