Hence, whenever I receive such heartfelt missives as below I am thrilled and delighted to have been a part of bettering life on Earth. Lovely messages such as this one have profoundly moved me and kept me on track all this time.
I am sharing this particular message in hopes that it may be helpful to others as well. While it is not my interest to make "atheists" out of everyone, as I do not append either that or the "theist" moniker to myself, I am extremely happy and gratified that concepts found within my work have helped others free their minds and souls from the self-hating bonds abundant within fervent religiosity.
After all is said and done, this spiritual liberation and love for life constitute why we do what we do.
(The following missive, received at MySpace, is reproduced with permission from the author.)
Date: Jul 8, 2007
Subject: Thank you for helping to save my life
I am asking to be your friend and thanking you for being one of the people who truly have helped save my life.
I was in extreme Baptist fundamentalism and in the "ex-gay" movement for 12 very long and painful years.
I almost killed myself.
Through much luck (which is ALL I believe in now) I met my friend August Berkshire, with Minnesota Atheists, who helped lead me to questioning "krishtianity itself"... I embarked on a huge, huge journey, finally discovering both of your books as well as the DVD Suns of God/Christ Con which I am sharing with the entire city of "Saint" Cloud, MN where I live.
You, Robert Price and Ken Humphreys are among the people who have literally saved my life. I finally made the journey and studied anthropology/ paleoanthropology, evolution and DNA genetic code and bought the book "Born Gay" by Dr Quazi Rahmann.
With atheism, EVERYTHING IN LIFE makes total sense now.
Acharya, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Price when he spoke at an event we had right here in very "Catholic" Saint Cloud, MN .
I hope some day I am fortunate enough to meet you.
I studied voice, Opera and drama in NYC at the Eastman School of Music and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In the ex-gay movement, my voice was stilled.
Thanks to your work, my life has meaning and purpose once again.
I am now trying to resume a career which was very much "interrupted".
...You truly are a most beautiful gift to the world.
Never let those who hate you stop you in your most important work... remember my friend, you are saving lives and humanity.
Much love and hugs,