The President wrote:
You make it seem that I woke up one morning and decided that there was no God. It's come with a lot of reflection, research and thought.
But now I am completely convinced. I don't need to hear anymore. It's not being close-minded. It's being confident in my decision.
And again, if you want to play with the word "judging," fine. I've already told you that I don't think any more or less of you because of your beliefs.
But this isn't a good way to have a talk with people. I have my conclusions too, but I try to be open to new ideas, you know? Of course you've probably thought about it, but that's not what I mean; I mean that your not listening is not good at least in this case.
Sure, I say I believe in God, but aren't you even curious what I mean? It's such a complicated topic, and for you to just project what you have in mind into others' words is not a good way for discussion.
Too much confidence is not good for discussion.
Keep in mind that I'm not saying you should be convinced, but that you should hear me because you may be judging me badly. And honestly, it may be the case that our beliefs aren't so far apart, and this may have a lot to do with the words we're using, just like when we talked about "judging."
I'm not playing with the word "judging" and am actually surprised you guys think of the word so negatively. I'm not used to that, I guess. But even though I never said you think badly of me because of my beliefs, I honestly don't know how you can think badly of someone, just of what they do and what they think and their appearance, and things like that, you know? And I guess I think you think badly of my belief here, unreasonably on your part because you're saying you don't want to hear me.