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June 22nd, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Prominent atheist blogger converts to Catholicism

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – She went from atheist to Catholic in just over 1,000 words.

Leah Libresco, who’d been a prominent atheist blogger for the religion website Patheos, announced on her blog this week that after years of debating many “smart Christians,” she has decided to become one herself, and that she has begun the process of converting to Catholicism.

Libresco, who had long blogged under the banner “Unequally Yoked: A geeky atheist picks fights with her Catholic boyfriend,” said that at the heart of her decision were questions of morality and how one finds a moral compass.

“I had one thing that I was most certain of, which is that morality is something we have a duty to,” Libresco told CNN in an interview this week, a small cross dangling from her neck. “And it is external from us. And when push came to shove, that is the belief I wouldn’t let go of. And that is something I can’t prove.”

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According to a Patheos post she wrote on Monday, entitled “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” she began to see parts of Christianity and Catholicism that fit her moral system. Though she now identifies as a Catholic, Libresco questions certain aspects of Catholicism, including the church’s positions on homosexuality, contraception and some aspects of religious liberty.

“There was one religion that seemed like the most promising way to reach back to that living Truth,” Libresco wrote about Catholicism in her conversion announcement post, which has been shared over 18,000 times on Facebook. “I asked my friend what he suggests we do now, and we prayed the night office of the Liturgy of the Hours together.”

At the end of the post, Libresco announces that she is in a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults class and is preparing for baptism. She will continue to blog for Patheos, but under the banner, “A geeky convert picks fights in good faith.”

According to Dan Welch, director of marketing for Patheos, Libresco’s post has received around 150,000 page views so far.

“Leah's blog has gotten steadily more popular since she arrived at Patheos, but a typical post on her blog is probably closer to the range of 5,000 page views,” Welch wrote in an email. “Even now, a few days later, her blog is probably getting 20-30 times its normal traffic.”

Libresco’s announcement has left some atheists scratching their heads.

“I think atheists were surprised that she went with Catholicism, which seems like a very specific choice,” Hemant Mehta, an atheist blogger at Patheos, told CNN. “I have a hard time believing how someone could jump from I don’t believe in God to a very specific church and a very specific God.”

Mehta says that Libresco’s conversion is a “one-off thing” and not something that signals any trend in atheism. “The trends are very clear, the conversions from Catholicism to atheism are much more likely to happen than the other way around,” he said.

But while atheists were puzzled by the conversion, others commended Libresco.

“I know I’ve prayed for her conversion several times, always thinking she would make a great Catholic,” wrote Brandon Vogt, a Catholic blogger. “And with this news, it looks like that will happen. Today heaven is roaring with joy.”

Thomas L. McDonald, a Catholic Patheos blogger, welcomed Libresco to the fold: “Welcome. I know this was hard, and will continue to be so. Don’t worry if the Catholics make it as for difficult for you as the atheists. We only do it to people we love.”

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Libresco says one of the most common questions she has received is how she'll deal with atheists now.

“The great thing about a lot of the atheist and skeptic community is that people talk more critically about ideas and want to see proof provided,” Libresco said. “That kind of analytical thinking is completely useful and the Catholic Church doesn’t need to and should not be afraid of because if you’ve got the facts on your side, you hope they win.”

Libresco is just switching the side she thinks the facts are on.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Catholic Church

soundoff (7,475 Responses)
  1. Energetic troll "The Capitalist" posts many posts; gets called what he is; switches to "Chad" troll username

    quit giving him what he wants (attention) and ignore the little clown

    June 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Deb

      He uses many names including Bill Deacon, he even writes his own responses in an effort to get many positive good praises on his thoughts and quotes.. Poor guy, he probably only has a pc as a companion, and his little winkey is getting tired. sounds like a priest that was discharged.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Satan

      Actually, TheCapitalist is one of my projects. First I got him interested in some of my little conspiracy theories and "evidences" – he was already heavily indoctrinated from his parents and upbringing, so it was easy to keep bringing him along – then I got him to post here. You see, when someone goes on a posting frenzy like that, they are radicalizing, so now that he was in conflict on his little collection of "ideas", he is now more emotionally involved and radicalized, never to return to reasonable thought. He has become inhuman and intolerant and filled with hate and spite.

      He is now perfect, a boy frothing with hatred who has been blinded to all reason and fact and reality. He will continue to behave like this for years now, alienating himself even from most other Christians. Only a few like him – other projects of mine – could stand to be around him.

      I am feeling quite successful about this one. He is the opposite of what he thinks he is.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      LOL thank you for the conspiracy theories... I feel like someone just keyed my car... and you know youre doing well when that happens...

      But focus on Jesus... im just a messenger.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Bryant Lister

    So prominent that most atheists have never heard of this person. Great job turning a nobody into a somebody CNN, just because she joined her boyfriend's cult. The religious cults fail to provide any proof of their fairy tale beliefs, and thus no matter how many nobody bloggers claim to convert from atheism to a religious cult they still have nothing but an imaginary friend and magical stories.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      And the more sure word of fulfilled prophecy...

      June 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Bryant Lister

      Fulfilled prophecy? Only to those foolish enough to believe in fairy tales. Try living in the real world, 'TheCapitalist'.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Bryant, you are right 0 i stand corrected. I apologize – I was wrong

      June 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
  3. JT Sawyer

    Theistic religions are nothing more than convenient crutch(es) for those who lack the ability to stand on their own two feet. It's very easy to sit in the passenger seat and enjoy the view when the big invisible father in the sky is driving. Don't have to do any of that pesky thinking. No decisions to make and if you screw up it was god's will or the devil made me do it. Pathetic, but understandable as the world is a scary place. Daddy save me.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Chad

      right..
      except, there's always that pesky reality:

      1. The origin of the universe
      2. The fine tuning of the universe for the building blocks of life
      3. The origin of life on earth
      4. Punctuated Equilibrium: the fossil record showing species experiencing millions, 100's of millions of years of stasis (no change, random genetic mutations are weeded out of the gene pool resulting in a pool 'wobbling about the genetic mean'), followed by extremely rapid change resulting in new species appearing fully formed in the fossil record.
      5. The empty tomb, and the unshakable conviction among followers and enemies alike that they had witnesses a resurrected Jesus. A conviction they held so strongly that they went to their deaths proclaiming its truth.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Boo hoo I just wanna do whatever I feel like. Morality is whatever I say and FEEL it is. And Im so insecure about this that I need to mock religious folk as inferior and unevolved.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Amen Chad...

      June 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Thomas

      TheCapitalist – Smurfette posted that you said that Russians deep underground heard the screams of hell, and that Hell is actually physically inside the Earth? Is that true?

      Just wondering. I had not heard that

      June 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Energetic troll "The Capitalist" posts many posts; gets called what he is; switches to "Chad" troll username; talks to his "Capitalist" handle

      quit giving him what he wants (attention) and ignore the little cretin

      June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Rick James

      Chad, I feel like you have posted that stuff before, and I watched other poster here answer your bizarre points thoroughly. Why you post it again reeks of being disingenuous on your part.

      And Capitalist, that is reason why I somewhat hope that some people don't stop believing in God because they are mentally unfit to obey laws apparently. If believing in God will help them not blow themselves up (ironic, I know), then so be it.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Bryant Lister

      Reply to 'Chad'
      1. The origin of the universe requires no imaginary sky daddy or magic.
      2. Claiming that the universe is 'fine tuned' makes the assumption of an imaginary sky daddy controlling things for a desired purpose. There is no evidence of this, and thus no reason to think it is true.
      3. Life originating on earth is not a mystery and does not require an imaginary sky daddy or magic.
      4. The fossil record shows many transitional species that disprove your assertion that new species appeared 'fully formed' in the fossil record. Try reading some modern scientific texts on the subject.
      5. The events of a fairy tale are not proof of anything, and the fact that people are willing to die for their silly beliefs only demonstrates how easily some people are fooled in to believing nonsense. Every religious cult, from the muslim cult to the christian cult to the Jonestown cult have had people willing to die for their beliefs.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Chad

      @Rick James "Chad, I feel like you have posted that stuff before, and I watched other poster here answer your bizarre points thoroughly.
      @Chad: "if you call "1) we dont know, 2)we dont know, 3)we dont know, 4)we dont know, 5)that's all nonsense" as "answering thoroughly.. then, ok, I agree.

      @Rick James "Why you post it again reeks of being disingenuous on your part."

      disingenuous: Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.

      hmm, how?
      I post that list because these are some of the things that the God of Abraham has directly done, that can be perceived by everyone (not just believers).

      June 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Chad

      @Bryant Lister 1. The origin of the universe requires no imaginary sky daddy or magic.
      @Chad "but it does require an entity external to our time/space. This universe had an start, a point at which all matter in the universe and time itself was created, out of nothing (where nothing is the "absence of everything").

      ============
      @Bryant Lister " Claiming that the universe is 'fine tuned' makes the assumption of an imaginary sky daddy controlling things for a desired purpose. There is no evidence of this, and thus no reason to think it is true"
      @Chad "just completely wrong on both counts, there are several non-theistic explanations out there attempting to explain why the universe is fine tuned. Fine tuning is just an observation, it does not posit a cause.

      Physicist Paul Davies has asserted that "There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the Universe is in several respects ‘fine-tuned' for life".[2] However he continues "...the conclusion is not so much that the Universe is fine-tuned for life; rather it is fine-tuned for the building blocks and environments that life requires".[2] He also states that "... 'anthropic' reasoning fails to distinguish between minimally biophilic universes, in which life is permitted, but only marginally possible, and optimally biophilic universes, in which life flourishes because biogenesis occurs frequently ..."[2] Among scientists who find the evidence persuasive, a variety of natural explanations have been proposed, e.g., the anthropic principle along with multiple universes. The proposition is also discussed among philosophers, theologians, creationists and intelligent design proponents.

      ============
      @Bryant Lister " Life originating on earth is not a mystery and does not require an imaginary sky daddy or magic."
      @Chad " REALLY??
      wow.. I missed that, source? 😉

      ============
      @Bryant Lister " The fossil record shows many transitional species that disprove your assertion that new species appeared 'fully formed' in the fossil record. Try reading some modern scientific texts on the subject.
      @Chad "ah.. er.. no.. sorry.. stasis and rapid change (punctuated equilibrium) is a recognized fact.
      You are speaking confidently about something you know nothing of unfortunately... See Eldredge, Niles and S. J. Gould (1972). "Punctuated equilibria: an alternative to phyletic gradualism.

      ============
      @Bryant Lister " The events of a fairy tale are not proof of anything, and the fact that people are willing to die for their silly beliefs only demonstrates how easily some people are fooled in to believing nonsense. Every religious cult, from the muslim cult to the christian cult to the Jonestown cult have had people willing to die for their beliefs."
      @Chad "hmm.. no, but the typical response as I pointed out above "that's all nonsense"
      fortunately, it isnt.. it's quite true and historically accurate.

      Most modern historians agree that Jesus existed and was a Jewish teacher from Galilee in Roman Judaea, who was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate.[11][12][13][8] Scholars have offered competing descriptions and portraits of Jesus, which at times share a number of overlapping attributes, such as a rabbi, a charismatic healer, the leader of an apocalyptic movement, a self-described Messiah, a sage and philosopher, or a social reformer who preached of the "Kingdom of God" as a means for personal and egalitarian social transformation.[14][15][16][17] Scholars have correlated the New Testament accounts with non-Christian historical records to arrive at an estimated chronology of Jesus' life.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Rick James

    Capitalist, you sound like someone who doesn't think scientists, like what I am trying to be in college, are telling the truth. Go jump off your nearest cliff and see if Newton was making up gravity. And your reductio ad Hitlerum point was pointless.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Lol... "go jump off a cliff"... how evolved and insightful.

      And God invented science... He in no way contradicts it.

      Maybe on your scientific journey you'll see what the leader of the Human Genome Project saw and convert BECAUSE of your scientific studies.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Al

      God invented science.

      Ok fine what ever floats your boat, but it was man that created God.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Rick James

      And here comes the appeal to authority.... his decision to convert had nothing to do with what he found, but what he experienced as a doctor of dying patients and his investigation of different beliefs. I have no problem with someone believing in higher powers and all that jazz, but don't submit reality with your belief.

      And God created science? I have no problem with the idea of that, but you should really tell the National Academy of Sciences about your big discovery.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      RickJames...

      I'm not trying to "appeal to authority"... I'm trying to appeal to you as an aspiring scientist.

      He wrote a book on how science corroborates and even proves the concept of God... maybe you should read it.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Energetic troll "The Capitalist" posts many posts

      quit giving him what he wants (attention) and ignore the little bugger

      June 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      LOL the one who says not to pay attention to me makes a screen name that references me... lol the irony.

      But hey... Im nothing special... just a messenger... you can choose to accept or reject it.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Rick James

      Capitalist, it seems like you really don't know how science works. Science doesn't look to prove, it looks to explain the world around us. Anything from science can be twisted to fit the idea of a god, but that is doing the truth a disservice. If the earth was to stop rotating, or any other deviation from natural law (i.e. supernatural ), then the proof for God would be there, somewhat. Theories aren't made from the top down, they are made from the bottom up.

      A personal testimony, while I do respect it, is not evidence.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Rick James...

      Read the book... and you'll see that he did not twist the science but that be begrudgingly could not deny it.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  5. Andrew Harris

    Scam... logical adults don't just pop up and decide that they believe in something as far fetched as catholic religion. Marketing scheme, a lie prompted by love, or money....

    June 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • George

      Exactly what I was thinking. Wonder how much they paid this lady. Her answers made no sense. I would presume in her blogs she spoke of being moral as an atheist and that religion was not needed... Now all of a sudden religion is the key to morality. Something does not smell here.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  6. Kindness

    I Follow Christ . I never wanted proof. I just had faith.

    HE WHO follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord (John 8:12). By these words
    of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and
    free from all blindness of heart. Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus
    Christ.
    The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who
    has His spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Now, there are many who hear the Gospel often
    but care little for it because they have not the spirit of Christ. Yet whoever wishes to understand
    fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.

    What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you
    displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous
    life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it.
    For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the
    philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God? Vanity of vanities and all is vanity,
    except to love God and serve Him alone.

    This is the greatest wisdom—to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the
    world. It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish. It is vanity also to court
    honor and to be puffed up with pride. It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire
    things for which severe punishment later must come. It is vanity to wish for long life and
    to care little about a well-spent life. It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and
    not to make provision for things to come. It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not
    to look ahead where eternal joy abides.
    Often recall the proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with
    hearing.”1 Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring
    yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences
    and lose the grace of God.

    See for yourself. Its real . Time to transcend your 5 senses.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • motherearth

      You would not even know or feel like that, if someone hadn't planted that idea in an empty mind. That's being a follower not leader, a weak position to be in. Just like being scared of the boogie man, he would never exist if someone hadn't scared and told you there was one.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • George

      Faith is nothing more than wishful thinking.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Al

      I never wanted proof

      This is why religious organizations are still in business today.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • atheist prophet

      Faith is such a thin stew. I worry that your poor diet is affecting your mind. Here, have a big ol' helping of fossils and science; it'll boost your health and guide your mind in the ways of insight and conversion. Reality is painful at first, but it lasts longer and is so much more honest.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Eric G

    Still awaiting any verifiable evidence that a god or gods exist............

    (This is the part where Cappy does the "cut and paste" from something he posted earlier that was pounded by everyone as unverifiable dribble, or logical fallacies).

    Night all........ Please be kind to the fundies. What fun would this blog be without them?

    June 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  8. Rick James

    “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

    -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    The difference between a cult and a religion is that with a cult, the person on top knows it's a scam. With religion, that person has been dead for a long time.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Yeah Darwin has been dead a long time.

      "All I know is that science and evolution told them we were inferior... next thing we know they sent us off to gas chambers"...

      Holocaust victims

      June 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • motherearth

      Do you know a single Atheists cult....or just a cult of lets say tree huggers?..just one? Now how many CULTS do you know who use religion and fear in the name of a GOD? Staggering isn't it.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Sure... the New Agers are an atheist cult... as they teach "there is no god... I am god."

      June 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Rick James

      Capitalist, you sound like someone who doesn't think scientists, like what I am trying to be in college, are telling the truth. Go jump off your nearest cliff and see if Newton was making up gravity. And your reductio ad Hitlerum point was pointless. (Put this comment somewhere else by mistake)

      June 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Don't kid yourself... you are inferior. That's where we are in this thing called life. Atheists just don't blame god or the devil for this inferiority.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • motherearth

      Ok maybe stretching that. now name religious cults......common 1 versus millions. do you have enough time to do that?

      June 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      GodFreeNow...

      Sure we're inferior because we are sinners and we need to repent and accept Jesus.

      I'm no better than you... but I am better off if you dont grab on to the LifeLine (Jesus).

      June 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      motherearth...

      The New Agers are an amalgamation of multiple and varying ancient pagan religions dating back to Babylon, Sumeria, Egypt, and so on...

      You want another one? OK... modern-day environmentalism as a reboot of old-school worship of "mother earth".

      June 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @TheCapitalist, I can give you all kinds of fantasy stories why we're inferior. However, in the grown up world we use science. We have genetic abnormalities, flawed bodies, a highly unreliable brain, blind spots in our vision, wandering nerves, irregular hearts, color blindness, limited vision when it comes to light and the same limitations with sound... We're flawed because we never saw fit to evolve past that. Religious belief too is a brain disorder. People choose to believe in and invisible super hero in the sky because it makes them feel better. Just like people refuse to believe that Elvis is dead or that they actually have terminal cancer. Reality is always harder to embrace than fantasy.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Rick James

      Capitalist,

      "grab on to the lifeline" ?

      Do you truly feel that people need God to be good? I have seen many instances where that is no the case.

      And construing environmentalism with a religion is just one tactic of environmental denialism. I'm not really a strong one at all, but I can accept rather simple things about it, like global warming.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      GodFreeNow...

      LOL... "we never saw fit to evolve past that"... lol

      If religious belief is a brain disorder... then my God what kind of disorder is it when you believe that paper ink evolves into dictionary...

      June 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      RickJames...

      We can be "good" compared to other people, but not good... there is none good but One, that is God.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Al

      there is none good but One, that is God.

      Not according to the Bible.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Deb

      And it continues to this very day very well stated.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      TheCapitalist, Are you intentionally being nonsensical or is it accidental? I'm having a hard time distinguishing.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Al...

      Luke 18:19, Mark 10:18, Matthew 19:17...

      Man: "Good Master, what can I do that I may inherit eternal life?"
      Jesus: "Why do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that is God."

      June 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • motherearth

      @The Capitalist where in the h@ll do you get we worship the earth, nature, and all that other crap, To each their own. If an Atheist care about the earth, that is simply a desire not worship, you are very confused on the ideals of Atheist, we simply do not believe in any god. Now if each one has a passion tha'ts a plus not worship, D!ldo

      June 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  9. EnjaySea

    We all need to be accepted. I'm sure the lure of kinship with those in the church who were befriending her was too overwhelming for her to turn down, particularly at her young age. I fell into the same trap myself years ago.

    She'll be back, if she truly knows how to think for herself.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Deb

      Unfortunately, after her 15 minutes of fame dies down, she probably will return, keeping the money rolling in just like all phony religions.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  10. atheist prophet

    This poor child is still evolving and she will yet return to the secular fold. Her present affliction is youth, and she suffers from its innate inability to stand up bravely against the evils of conservatism. Repeat after me, Leah:

    "I am a mature adult, rational and serene, secure that my beliefs protect me from the perils of your dogma. I am an intelligent, rational human being, a member of an ethical species that was ethical long before religion raised its smelly head to tell us we were sinners. Away from me, you vile philosophy, to the ash heap you basket of lies."

    Remember Anne Rice? She wrote about vampires, and at one point she forsook secularism and embraced religion. Google her story. She came back after experiencing the life of fantasy that religion forces upon you. Leah, we await your release!

    June 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Deb

      ....BRAVO..........................

      June 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Atheist Prophet...

      Further proving my point of atheism as a fanatical religion.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • motherearth

      @MR.C are you so damn dumb to call Atheism a religion. Get real look into what Atheism is all about. We don't practice religion. We do not support any ideals or issues of it. you Obviously only have information you read. Broaden your education so you can blog like you know more than 1 thing boring

      June 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      motherearth...

      Atheism is a religion, whose god is mankind, self, and science, through the power of reason, logic, and intellect, whose prophets are Darwin, Dawkins, and Hitchens, and whose disciples zealously seek converts with more passion and fervor than other religions.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @TheCapitalist, Great... Atheism is a religion! Now are you will to support us so we can get tax exemption too like the other religions?

      June 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Al

      Tax exempt on all pasta purchases.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • motherearth

      @C...you can't even use that as a comparison, are they leading Atheism mass on Saturdays. Given us the Atheists bible. Telling us that if we do not believe we are going to be tortured by believers. Get real and stop exaggeration and making it up as you go along. I love Harris, Hitchens etc. BUT I do not worship them, give them devotion and prayers, and send them all my money. I imply agree with their thought process which is straight forward, no twists, no saying this but meant that, no distortion, no fabricated stories, just straight at you information so you can make a clear decision. Now does that sound anything near what religion does for you?

      June 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      GodFreeNow...

      Non-profit atheist organizations do have tax exempt status.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      TheCapitalist, Now you're just being stupid. There are no non-profit atheist groups. There are groups who are non-profit and secular, but the consti.tution requires that all people must be hired regardless of race, RELIGION or creed. Not to mention the fact that regions are not non-profit and still have tax-free status. Even ministers are tax exempt. So I'll ask you again, would you be okay with Harris or Hitchens or any of the other so-called deities you mentioned being tax exempt?

      June 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      GodFreeNow...

      If atheism felt like registering as the religion they are... all of those things are there for the taking... but you would lose your one-up card in claiming that you are "above religion".

      Now there are atheist "deacons" in military chapels... so youre comin outta the closet...

      June 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @TheCapitalist, I came out a long time ago. I don't shy away from claims of being a religion. I think atheist should embrace it. I worship the god of reason and reality. Our churches are houses of education and free-thinking. All ideas are welcomed as long as they come with some evidence. We would even welcome you into our fold. We don't believe the people are the sheep. We believe they are the future. We promote peace, joy and freedom. We love for the sake of love. We do good because we love our fellow man, not because of some promise of reward or punishment. When you're done being a child believing in iron age fairy tales, and ready to embrace adulthood, come join us.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Deb

      @Capitalist I have an OOKY feeling that You are in the closet. Your defense is like a priest who got caught, and vigorously in his own insanity tries to justify it in his own demented way. You just come off that way, think I'll call my grand kids and have the talk with them, than take a shower.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • jimdkc

      @Cappy...

      If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color!

      June 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  11. Star Performer

    HAVE MY ENEMIES CHOSEN A VERY NASTY PLACE?
    Should I care?

    June 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • The Corrector

      Yes Lord!
      Your enemies have chosen a very nasty place!
      Amen!

      June 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • atheist@heart

      OMDevil!
      I chose a very nasty place indeed!

      June 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • motherearth

      @Corrector)( the only thing nasty at all, is that you have your head up your A55, and you haven't bathed in 4 days. Now that's nasty

      June 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • IamIsaid

      @Corrector Me thinks a good bowl cleanse and maybe a piece of A55 will let you think clearer. please try it if you think you can find a desperate woman.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  12. atheist@heart

    I can't see any way out of this!
    Why does the Devil always get his way with us disbelievers?
    Why are us disbelievers so gullible?
    Do you see any way out of this for us disbelievers?

    June 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • T

      TRY BELIEF !!!!

      June 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • The Corrector

      YES – TRY BELIEF atheist@heart!

      June 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Deb

      You seem to think that belief and faith cannot be used unless connected to god. WRONG..I have a belief that I can overcome my sickness very soon. I believe that we will recover from this session. I have a belief that my husband of 35 years will be with me til death. I have faith that my 7 year old granddaughter will graduate. I have faith that the world will not end in December. See we can use that word, you do not have it patented. I have a belief, that God and gods simply are man made, so according to your way of thinking, I must be right on all counts. And I believe I'll have another beer, since the blood of Christ is bitter ......carry on..........try harder.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Yes Deb thank you for confirming my point that EVERYONE uses faith... especially atheists.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Don't confuse "faith" and "hope." Faith is a knowledge claim, i.e., I believe it because I know it to be true. Hope is a wish for a desired outcome while acknowledging there is no knowing of what may come.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • IamIsaid

      There goes the old distort and twist trick you cannot slip in belief as a way out. Christians always resort to Faith and Belief when they simply have no realistic answers.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • Deb

      No one uses these words MORE than religion. It's just a word, but religion seems to want it to themselves, so as soon as the word is said, yo automatically assume that person is religious. Wrong ! It is just a feeling, but you use it as if it's a real absolute thing...Twist and shout. You seem to try and throw back-at-ya, when you have nothing else. And that's cowardly and inexcusable...And I'm pretty sure you are hiding behind your real name, (Bill Deacon) because I can plainly see you think identically and rite just as he. You were pretty ridiculed over and over and I think you are to coward so you hide behind another ego. And I know I'm right on.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  13. Jeremiah

    "Today heaven is roaring with joy."

    Please...get over yourself.

    June 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Star Performer

      I fully agree Jeremiah!
      God bless you, your family & your friends!
      Amen!

      June 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  14. hellojello

    The blogger girl went ape-chit!

    June 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Lol.. she de-evolved did she?

      June 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  15. b4bigbang

    Phase 1 of the atheist tri-polar shift (see youtube video for atheist tri-polar shift):
    Jill: "TheCapitalist, don’t obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.When in potato, do as the Felix. There is a big vegetable in your future cave said the trolley bus. So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril.Think about how you can stripe the sea.Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart."

    June 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Although i think we all realize jill's is meant to be funny, so maybe no tri-polar diagnosis confirmation....

      June 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • hellojello

      Ah! Now I understand catholithism. This totally explains it! Makes sense to me.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  16. hellojello

    This girl is not too bright. It's like watching a black slave going back to his master after beeing freed. Most people would say: Idiot.

    June 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  17. wildfox

    Why change from an Atheist to a two faced Catholic?

    June 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      Especially if you are bisexual.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  18. Eric G

    To The Capitalist:

    Do you believe, as your Bible claims, that we are all the decendents of Adam and Eve?

    June 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Wasn't Eve the first computer programmer? Apple in one hand; Wang in the other?

      June 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Eric G

      I like her already.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • JWT

      Excellent Smurfette!!!

      June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Smurfette

      I could tell you about Job, and his two sisters:

      Hand and Blow

      June 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Eric G

      Ok, Smurfette. You can stay as long as you like.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Quit talking to yourself, moron

      ................
      ............
      ..

      June 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Prayer changes things/ Things? Like from the movie John Carpenter's The Thing? So it was prayer that caused that Thing to change into all of those other forms? Like the spider legs shooting out of the guy's head as his head falls off??? Prayer did that???? Kewl! I gotta get me some!

      June 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Eric G

      Spider legs shooting out from a guys head?

      "You gotta be f-ing kidding?"

      Great flick.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Agreed – One of the best lines ever delivered in movies!

      June 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Eric G

      "I realize how difficult this must be on all of you, and what a trying experience this has been. But, if it's not too much trouble, I would rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS F-ING COUCH!"

      June 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Another one! Hey, maybe Cappy's one – he's pretty changeable- hard to pin down

      June 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Eric G

      I pitty him. But, I tend to get over that crap pretty fast.

      June 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  20. David

    Sorry, but this woman was not a "top atheist blogger", she's an atheist blogger. I've never heard of her until today. I watched the interview and can't believe her reasons for converting. Morality? Seriously? She might be smart but she also appears to be clueless.

    June 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • justinkander

      I agree, her reason for converting is absolutely absurd. There is an external morality, therefore God created the entire Universe and Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins? I thought somewhere in the article she would go into further reasons, but that clearly seems to be the main one and it makes her seem like an idiot. If you're going to convert, Catholicism is the absolute worst to go to.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Eric

      Yeah "Top" and "Prominent" don't really describe her level of popularity.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
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