Reader felt alienated by lack of belief

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Re: "Atheists 'Out of the Closet' in new billboard campaign" (Our Region, Dec. 2): I was raised Presbyterian and was especially close to my grandmother, a devout member of her church. But when I was 13, I began to question the Christian tenet that people who aren't Christian will go to hell. That is an idea I could not and cannot believe. After that, all my beliefs in a God or religion disappeared. I was frightened, though, because I thought I was the only one. It was only when I saw atheists on the Phil Donahue television show about a year later that I knew I wasn't alone. I felt at peace with the fact that I have different beliefs than my family, and that it was okay. The important thing is how we treat others, not what we believe. I believe the intent of the atheist billboards is to let people know this.

-- Dina Botello, Sacramento

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