Dear Professor Dawkins,
I was reading The God Delusion, and it suddenly clicked, all the madness and the idiocy of religion itself. I was trying to figure out what science meant for God if he was left so little room to exist, instead of trying to include everything new as another aspect of God and seeing what that would make him, which turned out to be nothing. It ran like this, although the logic is probably not up to much. It doesn’t prove anything, it’s just the way I travelled.
Is there a Santa Claus?
1. Everyone else believes in Santa Claus, so there must be something in it.
2. Children only believe in Santa Claus if they are taught to do so.
3. When you believe in Santa, you get presents.
4. Rich children get presents, poor children get nothing.
5. Good children get presents, therefore poor children are wicked, filthy little liars.
6. Santa Claus is a nasty, spiteful bigoted old man.
7. Santa Claus has different standards for different people.
8. The more you learn of Santa the more disgusting he becomes.
9. By any humanistic definition, Santa Claus is evil.
10. Santa can’t be evil, therefore it is evil to say so.
11. Santa Claus heresy is not evil because we allow it as part of growing up.
12. Santa Claus does not fit my childhood concept of a kindly old man.
13. My concept of Santa Claus is all that ever really existed.
14. Santa Claus does not exist.
Yours, Greg Whitehead