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Jan 29, 2013

Dear Prof Dawkins
First I want to start off by saying, my name is Joey, and I am 16 years old.

I have been an Atheist since I was 12, and I live in Marion, Illinois. Today I went to the bookstore and purchased The God Delusion. To some people this may appear to be no big deal, but for me it is. I have a very radically opressive Christian mother she has tried to force her religion down my throat, without ever giving me a suitable explanation as to why I should believe it. I remember being little, and thinking why do I have to pray? Why is everyone doing all of this for some man in the sky? I remember constantly questioning everyone, and never getting a real answer. With her just telling me because that is the right thing to believe. In the past I had attempted to purchase your book in her presence, and she threatened that if I purchased the book she would punish me and my wonderful piece of literature would be thrown away. I have read several of your other books such as The Selfish Gene, but I have done so in secrecy in fear of losing my book, and being punished. I wake up every day knowing that I live in a house with someone who hates my beliefs with a burning passion. I am forced to attend church every Sunday and Wednesday, and without your website RichardDawkins.net, and TheOutCampaign.org, along with other works of great scientists, intellectuals, and authours such as Isaac Asimov and Bill Bryson, I do not know how I would get through my days in my home, and town.

Thank you so much for writing what you have, and doing what you have done, and continue to do.

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