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. Test

    Just /testing. ignore

    June 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Happy To Mate Lisa

      Put the on/off in the middle of certain wrods and you can fuck around all you like.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Paye

      No need to be an ass about it. You could have just skipped over, mate.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Reality

    Educating Leah continues:

    o From the contemporary, Catholic theologian, Father Edward Schillebeeckx, Church: The Human Story of God, Crossroad, 1993, p.91 (softcover)

    "Christians must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history" .

    "Nothing is determined in advance: in nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human
    activity there is possibility of free choices.

    Therefore the historical future is not known even to God; otherwise we
    and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings.

    For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."

    June 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  3. gliese 42

    May the Lord be with you

    June 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Answer

      Lord of the Flies... yeah I can picture that.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Lord Vader

      I am with you, gliese

      June 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • shipwreck73

      Oh that is sick man... Just sick.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  4. John B Hodges

    For what it's worth, I put a lot of thought and study into the foundations of ethics, and concluded that secular philosophy offered the best "foundations" that could be had, and religion offered none. See

    June 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
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    June 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  6. scribebaby


    Why would Allah care that she converted to Catholicism??

    June 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  7. TheCapitalist

    Voice of Reason...

    Who is self-righteous here? You sound extremely bitter, with your short little quips of "hurl" and so forth. Christians are not self-righteous, we believe that we are ALL sinners. I'm no better than you... but I am better OFF if I accept the forgiveness offered by Jesus and you don't.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      I don't know if bitter is the word, probably just ticked-off and befuddled. You think you are better-off than me? Good for you. I don't buy any of your god crap. To me, you are lost in some crazy a*ss world view that makes absolutely no sense. Sin? Sin is something in your world, not mine. I don't believe in sin, or heaven or hell or the devil or any other nutty stuff you people make-up to suit yourselves. I am a realist, in a real world, a natural world, a world where the supernatural does not exist.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Answer

      I always know that whoever is religious is always empty. Full of hate and not too bright.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      I'd say that Cap is a good litmus test. If somebody with ideas as ridiculous as his started saying I was making sense-that's when I'd be worried.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Terry

      Capitalist has collapsed. No real argument left, just flailing in ad hominem and self-pity.

      Case closed.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Voice of Reason… ticked off? You pursue converting Christians to atheism with more reckless abandon than Christians do in trying to convert people to Christianity! More proof that atheism IS a religion. Sin exists in your world whether you want to acknowledge it or not. And even atheism acknowledges sin in the form of jail/prison, so you can come down off your high horse now.

      Answer… He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame unto him.

      Terry… “case closed” is something that people say when they have no more substance left to present in the debate, and so they run away from the debate by denigrating it.

      Yes, if you have nothing left to say, the case is closed.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      Cap thinks that if you promote and idea it makes you part of a religion. hahahahahahaha!!!!

      June 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Larry Pepper

      You must be about 17.

      It's case closed because you have not posted anything of substance in quite a while – it is all ad hominem nonsense now – and you have abandoned many earlier arguments without making your points. You are just flailing now, and honestly, your ideas are nudging into insanity. No point in bothering with you.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  8. shipwreck73

    Well she wasn't a "True Atheist"..... Isn't that what christians say when one of theirs starts to think critically and skeptically about their religion and become Atheists?

    I do find this odd that she choose Catholicism, one of the easier religion to debunk. Oh well best of luck to her and talking to herself, I mean the breaded sky daddy.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      shipwreck73, Jesus warned us (Matthew 23:1-39) about who sat in the lead roles in the churches, synagogues, any/all false religions in the world ... and specifically told us to read and study His truth (the Bible) so that we can sharpen our knowledge with those that profess to know him whether they are teaching His truth or the lies of man. Now everyone is wondering what happened to the world ... because they got conditioned to being lazy not to hear what they need but, listen to man made lies of what they want. Big difference of hearing what is needed versus what you want.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • shipwreck73

      @ HeavenSent, Oh you wanna go bible verses with me do you? Try these on for size:
      MATT 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. (The second coming did not happen as well as the end of the world)

      LUKE 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
      12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (your god is por slavery)

      2 JOHN 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (the whole if you ain't with us you're against us schtick)

      Wow you bible is full of horrible things no wonder you believe in jebus.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  9. phil dante

    God is a gentlemen. He created us for and invites us into a personal relationship with Himself yet allows us the free will to choose not to.
    For the same reason He left enough proof of Himself/clues in Creation to lead those who sincerely seek Him to Himself. Yet also left enough room for doubt for those who choose to not believe in Him.
    I'm thankfull He gave us this choice because it was the only way to make love possible. LOVE IS A FREE CHOICE.He trusts and honors our choice for eternity.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Blah, blah, blah, blah

      June 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • shipwreck73

      What flavor kool aid are you drinking? You speak as if your words had any weight of truth to them. Well they don't so us all a favor and save the gooey love god crap for your sunday worship.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      So much for logic from voice and shipwrecked showing that is the best that they can do proving the wisdom of Proverbs 23:7 .
      As a man “thinketh in his heart so is he.”


      June 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Voice of Reason


      Logic begets logic but unfortunately it doesn't in your world view. Fail.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • shipwreck73

      @ HeavenSent, a news flash we human beings think with are brains not our hearts. Once again we are shown the level of intelligence that went into writing the bible. The bible is the word of your god? Well then your god is dumb.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Smurfette

      God is an gentleman who "invites" you to have a personal relationship with him? Riiiiight! He is Sooooooooo gentlemanly that he also says, but if you don't want to have a personal relationship with me, you'll burn in Hell forever. I wonder if Sandusky ever tried such a gentlemanly approach when "inviting" vulnerable boys to have a personal relationship with him?

      June 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  10. TheCapitalist

    Nope!… the idea that Jesus was a socialist is another lie put forth to distort Christianity. He Himself had wealth, He used capitalistic principles as the basis for most of His parables, and His teachings against greed were not to say that we couldn’t have money, but rather, that money should not HAVE us. He was putting money and wealth in perspective, not advocating for their elimination. Otherwise why would the Bible give instructions to wealthy Christians on how they should handle their wealth? Also note that Jesus never said to “give” for the material benefit of the recipient, but rather for the Spiritual and eternal benefit of the giver.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Not true!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • shipwreck73

      LMAO! Oh that is rich you right wing retards are a hoot.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • It's Like This

      He's not rich – he's just out of high school. Daddy's rich. He's just a nutty kid.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Rational Libertarian...

      Read the very next line! "But not with God, for with God all things are possible." Jesus affirms that yes, the rich CAN be saved, but because of God's mercy, not because of his riches. The audience thought that our earthly riches played a role in our eternal salvation, which is why they said "Who then can be saved?" Also note that it is DIFFICULT to get into heaven when you are rich, not IMPOSSIBLE. The difficulty comes from the temptation that riches present.

      "If you don't work you don't eat"... 2 Thessalonians 3:10... tell that to your socialist distorters of Christianity.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      The society founded by the christians in the book of Acts most certainly was "communist." It's described as the perfect manner for christians to live in, too. Maybe it's time for you to reread it.

      And another point, you do realize that capitalism lines up perfectly with "survival of the fittest," don't you? I don't know if you're a disbeliever in evolution, but there's almost no better comparison to capitalism than biological evolution. The strong/successful genes/ways of creatively making money survive and the less successful genes/ways of making money do not.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Moby Schtick...

      If you read the account in Acts... you'll notice that they CHOSE to give their possessions OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL. No one forced them to as in socialism. You'll ALSO notice, that this was a community of Christians living as a big family. They weren't having their wealth redistributed to atheists having abortions, etc.

      Also, Jesus explicitly rejected redistribution of wealth in Luke 12:13-15. And c'mon... oh and by the way, uhh... "thou shalt not steal"

      June 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian


      I'm not a socialist, but Jesus clearly was.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      The people in Acts were doing as they believed god wanted them to do, and those that failed got instant Holy Ghost aneurisms. You don't have a clue, do you?

      June 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Moby Schtick... capitalism is not "survival of the fittest"... it is freedom and liberty. Plenty of "unfit" people not only survive, but thrive in capitalism. Are you really trying to claim that Snooki or Michael Moore or Karashian are the "most fit"??? LOL

      June 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Yeah, that's' why American church is fitting the description of Laodicean Church Jesus spoke about in Revelations. You need to read it yourself, and see where you and your ilk fits! Why,you couldnt' tell the difference between them and Republican/Tea Party!
      And this does NOT come to you from a Liberal!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @ Capitalist

      Look, you can't be this stupid. I'm talking about IDEAS for making money. Moron. The best IDEAS for making money (the fittest) are the IDEAS that make money–under capitalism. The capitalistic mechanism is EXACTLY like evolution in that it allows the strong to win over the weak. The better your idea for obtaining money, the more money you get. That's survival of the fittest IDEAS.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Moby Schtick...

      Acts 5:4... "Whiles it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own power? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied unto men, but unto God."

      He got a "Holy Ghost aneurysm" because he lied to God, not because of a lack of socialism.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      The apostles redistributed the wealth as they saw fit as the believers gave money for the cause of the new cult–as they felt instructed to do by the greatest authority that they knew of–God. The same god that killed for Ananias and Saphira's lie is the one they felt were instructing them to live as if all goods and moneies were to be shared between them. That's communism, Cap, no matter what you want to call it for your own peace of mind! LOL LOL!!!!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      ... capitalism is......freedom and liberty. Plenty of "unfit" people not only survive, but thrive in capitalism.
      I think my spirit is sick reading the lies you as a Christian believe! You have swallowed satan's lie, hook line and sinker! They have pulled wool over your eyes!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      PRISM 1234...

      You're just saying random words that mean nothing. I'll prove it to you out of the Bible.

      I am not saying that the Bible endorsed capitalism, but it CERTAINLY DID NOT endorse socialism. And a true student of the Bible would have to conclude that capitalism is the best system for us on this earth, due to the existence of sin. The only political system that the Bible actually endorses is a kingdom where God is king.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      Cap is right in a sense. Capitalism is the freedom and liberty to let ideas for producing wealth battle equally in the marketplace. Unless you're doing something labeled "illegal," you can put your idea for making money out there to compete with everybody else's idea for making money and see if your idea is strong/fit enough to actually make money. The strong ideas for making money "survive" and win out over/kill the weak ideas for making money. Capitalism is precisely survival of the fittest-just in money making ideas and not genes.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Answer

      Oh wow.. new uses for the bible? The old routine of finding a verse that you like and using it in any given instance to validate your argument. All can be proven using the bible... let me hide my outright laughter.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I agree with Cap on his last post. The bible endorses the "kingdom/serfdom" dynamic as the best. Now, that's not Capitalism in any way–as kings rule by power, might, force, threats and other disgusting measures whereas capitalism allows everyone the freedom to compete in the marketplace for whatever money their creativity and ingenuity can produce.

      The bible promotes rule by force–the mightiest get to make the rules and use threats and torture to get your slaves to do as you want. The US is supposed to promote capitalism that allows everyone the right to make money–only it really doesn't because it does not allow people with poor upbringing to obtain the knowledge and privilege that it takes to get a good money-making idea going. In the US, only the rich with good educations and access to start-up money can have a fair shot at "the american dream" / capitalism.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      You're just saying random words that mean nothing. I'll prove it to you out of the Bible.

      Don't you tell ME I'm using random words that mean nothing, buster! You have no leg to stand on!
      God's word WAS before any Communism, Capitalism or any other " Ism" ever existed!
      And its full of warning to those who use their wealth and positions to rob, exploit, leach and place heavy burdens on those who are helpless to defend themselves!
      It is because of corrupt politicians today, in this country which you call "free" and deem "righteous", who ride the church that's wearing blinders on their eyes, that we have many turning aways from Christianity, because they see hypocrisy of those who profess it!
      Don't Tell me about how great your capitalism is that you worship and exalt above the Word of God ! I've seen it, and I've seen it's effect on those who are infatuated with it, thinking as you do. They' re a stench and offence to God..... Don't think that I am defending godless Communism, but you anoint gonna lullaby me with your humming about how great , free and just this misery we're soaked in is!
      Go read it for yourself what God says....
      Psalm 10
      Psalm 112
      Psalm 82
      Isaiah 58
      Epistle of James

      These are just a few, from among the many! I think you have a severe problem with God and His word!

      June 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  11. TheCapitalist

    Dudley… that is one of the many arguments that affirm that there IS a God… our innate moral compass that animals do not have, nor do they gain from evolution.

    One one… Morality is not simple. It used to be that “stealing was wrong”, but now it’s OK as long as it’s “from a rich guy”. Killing used to be wrong… but now it’s OK as long as “you don’t want the baby”. There is both a heaven AND hell, whether you believe it or not… and you are falling right into the plans and hands of the enemy if you allow him to deceive you in that way.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      You are delusional!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Oh, bullsh!t. Morality is extremely simple when you use empathy as a measure for fairness. Always do the least harm possible. Easy. No gods who torture people for eternity telling people to be kind and loving. YOUR morality is subjective because you believe that "might makes right" because your god is the mightiest and therefore can break his own rules of morality that he supposedly handed down to us. Stupid.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Answer

      The reason why these lunatics can't see that morality is not grounded in their delusions is that they can't deny their falsehoods.
      They have to restate this bs all the time just to make themselves feel better.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • TheCapitalist

      Moby Schtick…

      Empathy? A former gang member “empathizes” with gang members. A rapist “empathizes” with rapists. And that’s your measure of morality? Empathy? LOL. Where is “might makes right” in the Bible? The Bible says that the battle is not to the strong and that God will bring down the wisdom of the wise. The Bible says that power is in humility… that’s why Jesus (God) humbled Himself and washed the disciples’ feet. He said “the greatest among you will be your servant”. You do therefore greatly err.

      Answer… name-calling of “lunatics” or accusations of “delusions” do not an argument make. The first one to resort to mockery has lost the debate, because if he HAD anything of substance to say, he would say it.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Moby Schtick


      God is the "mightiest" and he makes the rules and then gets to break them. Forgive your enemies; I'm torturing mine forever in a pit of neverending fire. Forgive others, I don't unless they say a magic spell with the right words in the right places. That's subjective morality AND might makes right–all in the being of your god.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  12. TheCapitalist

    Johnny No...

    What's there to explain? Modern-day engineers have conceded that there is not a crane large enough in existence today, to move those stones. Nor do we have the fine rock-cutting technology necessary to stack those stones so perfectly that we can't even swipe a credit card through the cracks.

    It is clear that there was greater technology on earth in the past then even now... who's responsible for that? Neanderthals?

    June 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Voice of Reason


      June 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Know What


      There is as much evidence (0) that Xenu's space aliens helped them out as there is for your "God" character's assistance.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Johnny No

      Wow. Just wow.

      First of all, which pyramids are we talking about? Egyptian? Mayan? Ultimately doesn't matter, but just curious?

      Nobody ever said the pyramids were made with cranes. Are you really that stupid? They were made with a system of ramps, rollers, levers, and massive amounts of human labor.

      We actually do have cranes large enough to move those stone. You can see then in any major seaport.

      We have far superior stone-cutting technology that makes perfectly flat, perfectly smooth, perfectly square sides on stone that allows far more surface to surface contact than any stone in whatever pyramid you could mention, and we can do it on much harder stone much much faster. You need to actually look at those stones you are talking about – it's good work, but hardly the miracle you are talking about. It's just nonsense to believe theirs were superior.

      There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that there was superior technology in earlier times. That's just crazy. You need to start providing evidence on that whopper.

      You still have totally failed to relate this in any way to evolution.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Johnny No

      Capitalist ran away again. Not at all surprised. His whole thesis was just insane.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Bet

      Some preacher probably bawled out those "facts" about stone cutting and cranes from the pulpit one Sunday. They love to cite "facts" like that. They'll also include some scary stories about devils and hell, to discourage any actual thinking.

      Cap is just repeating a sermon. I've endured plenty of those in my life. The only difference is that I went home and investigated whether they were true or not. As the number of lies from the pulpit grew, so did my disbelief in religion.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  13. dudley

    A proper hope for all that discuss this issue is that they would approach it from a position of trying to understand the opposition. It is irrational to think that understanding equals conversion to that idea.

    Today the most prominent style of discussion is to disallow even the posing of an excellent question, lest it weaken the opposing argument. The fallacy here is that the lack of an answer weakens, not strengthens a position on the subject. Emotionally-charged reactions are those that are most responsible for this and should be avoided if understanding is the goal.

    However, if a reality show reaction is the goal, then a position that places consideration of facts and opposing viewpoints is in itself misplaced within the argument (not debate.)

    Conversion to faith is not a logical activity and no personal desire is responsible for it.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Who the f*uck do you think you are anyway? Look in the mirror a lot do you? So godda*mn righteous it makes me want to hurl!

      June 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Answer

      Dudley is just another idiot. More delusions for them to spread and that is why they're all here. They can't find enough christians to help themselves out of their own predicaments of falsehoods so they have to rely on the voices of atheists to help them sort it all out.

      Time and time again we see these christians go off on tangents always begging us atheists to help them with their logic and when we offer it they immediately storm into their defensive mode because we didn't give them the answers that they wanted to hear. We didn't not assure their fears – we gave them more fear. It's the course of logic that they hate.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Answer


      "We didn't assure their fears"

      June 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Pssst

      Maybe you mean "assuage"?

      June 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  14. One one

    The foundation of Christian doctrine is that the "sins" of the guilty can be absolved by punishing the innocent.

    All mankind must be punished for the "sins" of Adam & Eve.

    Jesus must be tortured and killed for the "sins" of all mankind.

    Is it moral to absolve the sins of the guilty by punishing the innocent ? What kind of morality is this?

    June 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Mary E

      'The innocent' was just one man.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • One one

      @mary. I don't agree, but what does it matter? The principle is the same.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • One one

      When god flooded the world killing everyone except one family, he caused the death of unborn babies. We're they not innocent? Was this a form of abortions?

      June 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      If earthquakes and hurricanes are natural disasters than so are spontaneous miscarriages that happen in about 20% of all pregnancies. God is the GREATEST abortionist. If he exists, that is.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  15. Johnny No

    Mr. Capitalist Masturdebater suddenly does not seem to be willing or able to debate or defend anything he has said.

    Still waiting for you to explain this insanity: "The theory of evolution is contradicted by the existence of technically advanced pyramids that we could not even re-create today"

    Hello? Are you there? Did you run away?

    June 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  16. A1011010

    This is propaganda. She was clearly religious from the looks of her jewish face. An atheist stays an Atheist. She was just one of those agnostics.

    June 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Johnny No

      I really cannot imagine an atheist of Jewish background, upon having a sudden conversion, instantly deciding that Catholicism is the true and correct religion. That's just too weird. Of course the whole thing is weird.

      Something keeps telling me that love was involved.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      She wants to marry her Catholic boyfriend.
      No miracle, no actual thinking, just join whatever cult the guy insists upon and marital bliss should follow "automatically" in her empty head.

      June 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  17. Jack Kieser

    This is a story why? People make mistakes all of the time; why is this one such a big deal? This doesn't seem newsworthy to me, except for a small minority of Christians who want to keep score and go "SEE??? SEE, ATHEISTS ARE WRONG!!!1!" and troll.

    June 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      And just where are all the christians that come on here whining about how CNN has this complete atheist agenda on every article and never posts anything "on their side" of the issue?

      June 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
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    June 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm |


      June 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Rational Libertarian

    Libresco isn't a Jewish name, is it? She looks incredibly Jewish.

    Anyway, I'd love to know what Catholicism's "facts" are. Little boys look hot in choir boy outfits, perhaps.

    June 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  20. pete

    Atheist or not- most people are just big talkers when it comes to morality. The reality is- we're all hypocrites.

    June 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
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