I’m not sure if you will get the chance to read this email because you probably get a lot of them or just too busy to read them all. But I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your work on Atheism and Science and that you’re on my favorite Atheists in the world. I’ve been an Atheist as long as I can remember and I was very interested in science and astronomy since I was little. I could name all the planets and their moons when I was 5, but then again we didn’t discover as much as the Moons that we do now. When I was 5, Jupiter only had 16 moons (now it has 63), Saturn had 18 (now it has 60 to 200), Uranus had 15 (now it has 27), Neptune had 8 (now it has 13), and Pluto had 1 (now it has 3). I felt like I was the only person in the world that didn’t believe in God, but I never really mentioned it to anyone, and I can’t really remember why because it was a long time ago. I guess it was because I didn’t think it was a big deal. I was never forced to go to church thankfully so that may be the reason why I became an Atheist, but my parents are agnostic at the moment, but they did go to church as a child. I never understood why people think that there is a God, I was told by my parents that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy was real, and then later they told me that there is no Santa, Easter Bunny, or Tooth Fairy. So I wondered even more that “Is there a God?” I was thinking to myself about my parents “You lied to me about three mythological creatures, why should I believe when people say there is a God.” And I never understood how extremism can occur in religion that it can even lead to the point of mass murder. When I discovered that 9/11 was caused by religious extremist, I came to the conclusion that religion is just wishful thinking and it’s an obsession that can lead to mass murder, and I was only 11 years old when this happened, I don’t think there’s that many people my age who thought this.
I read your book “The God Delusion” only recently, and I must say it is a very interesting book, a little complicated at first, but I became very into details in any message or communication, and I’m far more detailed in messages right now, but I guess you can see that. And I also wanted to ban discrimination because I really don’t hate Christians or people who believe in God. I only hate the ones that kill people or threaten them to prove they’re right. I don’t make (or know any Atheists) any death threats to Christians, Jews, or Muslims saying that Religion is all lies and its just a delusion. I would much rather spread the message by more peaceful methods instead of just going to war to prove their imaginary friend is better. I don’t get offended that people are religious, so why should they get offended that I’m an atheist. I have received several death threats from Southern Christians and Muslims telling me to convert or die, or that I’m Satan incarnation and I’m going to Hell, and that I’m possessed by Satan. One major flaw is that I don’t believe in Satan, and I sincerely doubt he would post this words if he was controlling me. But I was told I could legally press charges against them, but I don’t really want to get involved in all this drama by calling the police, and I deleted the messages right after I got them, so it’s a little late anyway. But I have become a little afraid of the rest of the world and sometimes fear for my life. I’m sure you received death threats and I did see you reading your hate mail on youtube, and I really thought it was funny that an-loving God’s followers would say such hateful things. But are these people really all talk and just want attention, or are there religious extremists that will kill just one person? I know John Lennon was killed by a Christian Extremist because he said “The Beatles were bigger than Jesus” and for the anti-religions quotes in his song “Imagine” and “God”. I also heard another Atheist (I can’t remember his name) was also assassinated by some Muslim I believe, I’m not really sure. Anyway, I’m sorry you have to deal with these extremists, and I hope none of them do something stupid that will get them in lots of trouble.
Your fan, Steven Smith
P.S. I was interested to know if you ever liked astronomy because I never saw any videos of you mentioning it, I know you study Evolution and Natural Selection but do you have any interests in astronomy?