Good, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(71)

Jan 29, 2013

Professor Dawkins,
I received your book from my son for Christmas. Kind of funny when you think of it. I was raised Catholic, but never really took it seriously. I guess I was of the ‘hedge my bets’ variety. I’ve always been perturbed at the violence perpetrated in the name of religion. I don’t really know why I am sending this. People I love, or loved, dearly, were very religious, and I saw no harm in it. My head was in the sand.

Reading your book brought the terrible devastation wrought by religion clearly to the forefront, and I thank you for that.

I never really thought about how faith was so destructive, until moving to Toronto, where religious fanatics abound. Just yesterday I was approached by two young men who invited me to some sort of spiritual gathering to accept god into my life. Their main hook was the promise of everlasting life!

The thing that got to me most was the harmful nature of foisting religion of our youth. That blind faith was preferable to the expectation of evidence that god exists.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to realize how foolish my former stance was. I am a non-believer now, and feel that a weight has been lifted.

I’m bringing the book to my son for him to read.

Thanks again
Sean Mitchell.

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