Thank you , Good, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1439)

Jan 29, 2013

Dear Professor Dawkins,

My name is Tim O’loughlin. I am 14 years old from the U.S and I have just finished reading your book, “The god Delusion.” I have been raised a Roman Catholic all my life. My parents have forced me to go to church every sunday and also go to Catholic school. The only thing i noticed was that i was never happy. When i turned about 13, I started thinking about god and if he truly did exist. I soon discovered your book, “The god Delusion,” and it made so much sense, it all became clear to me now, THERE IS NO GOD! This has really improved my life and i now notice that I am 100% happier than I was before. However, there is one problem. My family is a very strong Irish-Catholic family. My mom has always despised atheists and said that they’re all “going to hell.” There is nothing more i would want to do than tell my family about me converting to atheism. I thought, because i am thier son, they wouldn’t be so hard on me. I was about to tell them when i thought i would ask my mom a questoin:”Who do you love more, me or god?” She announced, without hesitation, that it was her duty as a Christian to love god above everthing else. I than walked away with a huge feeling of sadness in me. How could she love something made-up, imaginary more than she loves me. I don’t know what to do and I am feeling very mixed up right now. I am not asking for any help or for you to write back, but I am asking for atleast one person to sympathise with me because nobody else will. Thank you.

Best regards
Tim O’loughlin

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