Good, Mon, May 20 2013 #(1985)

May 20, 2013

Dear Professor Dawkins
I was raised as a Christian in an Anglican household in southern England and went to a Church school and I have always been interested in evolutionary biology. As soon as I started studying it going to lectures at the school where my mother is a teacher and reading papers online I began to realise that everything I had been taught was a lie and was founded on no evidence whatsoever. I became an atheist at the age of eleven but found it very diffult to function at school as many of the teachers would constantly try to ram Christianity down my throat as well as the throats of the few Muslims and Jews in the class. I must thank you as online forumns and lectures including this site have helped me cope being an isolated atheist. I have now moved to a grammar school where there is a strong atheist community but I could not believe it when one of the maths teachers gave a lecture discrediting Darwin’s theory staring all the while at the confirmed atheists in the room despite the fact that we have proven this theory to be correct and we know that the world is over 10,000 years old as well as there being no evidence for a deity. This particular teacher came to school on a bike as he believed that cars were the spawn of Satan and would go to local mosques trying to convert people to his mormon like brand of far right Christianity. Once again I would like to thank you for the aid provided to atheists through your lectures and website as well as the entertainment value of some of the “ugly” letters, the authors of whom sound absolutely insane!

Best of wishes for the future
Jack Mason

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