We recently received a letter from a young man in Indiana and, with his permission, we are sharing his story with you.
Dear Professor Dawkins,
I don’t expect this letter to personally reach you, as I’m sure you and your Foundation must receive hundreds daily, but on the off chance it does I want to say thank you.
How truly thankful I am cannot be adequately expressed in words. I have been brought up in a Christian family, but I am gay. For years – from the time I was 9 or 10 – I spent many endless nights awake crying and praying for me to be changed so I wouldn’t go to hell. Then till I was about 16 or 17, for a while I still believed, but I forced myself to just not think about it. However, thanks to primarily the countless YouTube videos of you and Mr. Hitchens (who I’m so sad to have departed from us before I could thank him as I do you now), I was introduced to the light of science and reason (of which your book The God Delusion and Hitchens’ God is Not Great helped much with also).
You helped me – now a young man of 18 – to not be sad at who I am anymore, and to not be afraid to question and learn anymore. Now, as I head off to college, I could not feel any more at peace with myself than I do now, and you, sir, are one of (if not the most) important factors that have made this so.
Your Fellow Atheist,
We receive many letters like Bric’s from people who found Richard through the foundation’s YouTube videos. By spreading Richard’s message of reason and science on social media and YouTube, we are reaching millions of young people like Bric, and helping them break free of their religiously imposed self-loathing.
Join the Foundation today to help us continue to act as a lifeline to people like Bric.
Also, if you are currently in a situation like Bric’s, please know that you are not alone. The Openly Secular project has a whole set of toolkits and resources to help you talk about your nonbelief. You can also call a hotline at Recovering From Religion to speak to someone anonymously about your situation.
We are working toward a world where no one has to go through life terrified of capricious supernatural judgment for being gay, as Bric experienced.
We’d like to thank Bric and those like him. It is their bravery that inspires our work.