I’m just going to say this, regarding two messages I read in your hate mail section:
It saddens me to no end that children are being brainwashed by parents these days and oppressed because of thoughts and questions they have. I hate how they cannot think for themselves in a society with a growing need for free thinkers. I’ve even had relationship troubles where a girl I really like (and who really feels the same way about me) found out about my atheistic beliefs, and instead of taking into account all that I had done for her and how nice of a guy I am, judged me based solely on the preconceived notion that “Atheism = Immoral.”
For a while, I considered lying about what I believed, but I finally saw the light! I want to attract people like me! And lying about it is definitely not the way to go about doing that.
I StumbledUpon this site, and I really wish to see it expand, and I’d be willing to help you out in whatever small way I can.
Oh, and thank God I’m an atheist!
I am very glad to hear that you resisted the temptation to lie about your beliefs. You should never feel embarrassed about what you think, and perhaps stating your atheism helped you see that the girl you mentioned was not, at heart, really the girl you thought she was. You can do better, and I’m confident that you will.
I agree that children (and adults as well) need to learn to accept the rational beliefs of others and not pre-judge based on malformed stereotypes. To me, one of the biggest tragedies is when a child is brought up to believe that it is wrong to ask questions. If a parent feels threatened by questions, then I feel that the parent needs to think on why they are so insecure in their beliefs.
I appreciate your offer of help! If you have time, take a look at the ad on the right-hand column of my blog about pre-publication copies of my new book. I sincerely need input from thoughtful people such as yourself to polish the manuscript before submitting a final draft to a publisher.
Keep up the good work!