Good, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(58)

Jan 29, 2013

Dr. Dawkins,

As a 60 year old liberal Democrat I have been appalled at the gutless response of Democrats and “mainstream” religious leaders. It is so wonderful to have yourself and Dr. Myers stand up to these silly people. As a person with a disability I am often approached to be prayed or preyed upon. While coming from a second generation of very non religious people, we were told it was bad manners to confront people on a personal issue of religion. I realize that they were wonderful parents in so many ways, but they did not get living in a wheelchair and how stereotypes of pity and being damned just get to be too much.

I remember being in Berkeley California and a line of immigrant women crossing themselves when they saw me in a power chair. Thank you for being a role model to be a intelligent, compassionate, and a person who is not being used for others to get to heaven. I also have stole some of your comebacks which while not changing faith, at least made me feel less a victim of social pressure to not make a fuss.

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