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May 22nd, 2013
06:20 PM ET

This Oklahoma atheist isn't thanking the Lord

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
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(CNN) – Behind her were ruins, a tangled mess where structures once stood. Cradled in her arms, the mother’s 19-month-old son played with a snatched microphone, unfazed by the chaos swirling around him. And in front of Rebecca Vitsmun stood CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who – after asking her about the decision that saved her and her son's lives – had one more question:

“I guess you got to thank the Lord, right?” he asked.

“Yeah,” she mumbled, smiling and looking down.

“Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?” he continued.

“I, I, I,” the 30-year-old stay-at-home mom stammered before adding, “I’m actually an atheist.”

She laughed, Blitzer laughed, and the moment passed seamlessly on live TV. Except it also became a clip heard across the Internet and social media – one that pointed to a reality about faith in America that exists even where, and when, people might least expect it.

Vitsmun, who chronicled her decision to flee her house with her son on CNN iReport, is one of 13 million atheists or agnostics in America, according to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

See Rebecca Vitsmun discuss her decision with CNN's Wolf Blitzer

While only 2.4% of Americans are atheists, they fit into a broader category that is on the rise in the United States.

Nearly 20% of adults – and a third of those under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated, the Pew report found.

This group, which has grown by roughly 5% in five years, is often referred to as the “nones.” It is a term that extends beyond atheists, who believe there is no God, and agnostics, who believe it’s impossible to prove or disprove God’s existence. It includes a greater proportion of people who see themselves as nothing in particular, which means they might be secular, spiritual or believers – but simply don’t identify with an organized religion, said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center

“When we ask people questions about their religious identity, when we ask them about their religious beliefs, there are relatively few who are atheists. But I’m speaking in percentage terms,” Smith said. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of them around. And they’re certainly all over.”

Oklahoma included.

In fact, when the Pew Research Center last drilled down to uncover the religious landscape of affiliations on a state level five years ago, 12% of Oklahomans were religiously unaffiliated. And just as the numbers ticked up nationally since then, it stands to reason that they did the same in Oklahoma.

We tried to reach Vitsmun by phone Wednesday but were unable to connect.

Her friend Waylon Flinn, however, shed some light on who she is. She and her husband, who Flinn said is also an atheist, aren’t the sorts who advertise their beliefs or throw them in people’s faces. When she agreed to go on camera, it wasn’t for that platform; she didn’t even see the Lord question coming.

But that she responded to Blitzer the way she did is no surprise to Flinn, who opened his home in nearby Norman to Vitsmun’s family after theirs was destroyed.

“She handled it in her style, which is very honest and true to herself,” he said.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Atheism • iReport • News media

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  1. A Conversation

    The interview included the following exchange:

    “I guess you got to thank the Lord, right?” he asked.

    “Yeah,” she mumbled, smiling and looking down.

    “Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?” he continued.

    I think the better, and perhaps more telling question, would have been whether, in the moment, she called out to God–even if it was an OMG moment.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • QS

      Is this supposed to be a play on the whole "no Atheists in foxholes" thing?

      May 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • A Conversation

      QS...I hadn't really thought about that when I posed the question. All the same, I don't buy into the notion that there are no atheists in fox holes...but I do buy into the notion that there aren't many.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • ME II

      @A Conversation,

      Isn't this a testament to her convictions, that she would go through this harrowing ordeal and still claim atheism? If a Christian had been through such, without change, many believer's would claim their "faith" as a testament to God's existence.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
    • A Conversation

      @ME II....maybe. But the question posed by Wolf is an "after the fact" scenario. I'm curious what was going through her head in the heat of the moment. There are plenty of people who throw out a "God, get me out of this situation and I'll...." prayer, He does, and then there is no follow up. But again, this is really nothing more than my curious nature asking about what happened when it all hit the fan. Nothing more. I don't doubt that she was an atheist before, during or after.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • A Conversation

      Quick correction...I don't doubt she was an atheist before and after...what I want to know is whether that conviction held in the heat of the moment.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Herb

      I'm sure she was more rational than that.
      Why would someone who knows there is no god suddenly forget all that just because the wind is blowing?
      Why would someone who knows that fantasies do not help to protect against real danger go looking for an imaginary source of help?
      You just can't believe how anyone could feel stress and not automatically go looking for a Santa to save the day.
      LOL
      And you assume everyone will always seek out the Christian god and not someone who actually exists and could actually help.
      LOL
      And you think they won't call 911 but suddenly be filled with a determination to seek out someone they know doesn't exist, like Santa Claus?
      "Oh, Santa, save us! Bring your sleigh down and hear our lists of what we want and fix everything!" LOLOLOL

      May 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Edward

      I would like to suggest that she is alive because she IS an atheist. Let's say she was a Christian who would posit that because they believe in God, he would protect them in their house. This would lead to their ultimate undoing.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • A Conversation

      Edward, that may be the dumbest post on this site (and that's saying something).

      May 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • Gary

      @A Conversation, the only thing that's dumb about Edward's post is that it actually happens much more frequently than you would like to think. Just one example is the recent story about the parents who were arrested after a second child died from them refusing to seek medical treatment based upon their religious beliefs.

      May 23, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • Anthony

      isnt it possible that "OMG" is just another saying like "god bless you" or "bless you" when you sneeze. Years ago the quote was "by the gods". it is just another phrase that is a part of the common tongue of language in modern society.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • ME II

      @A Conversation,
      First, I'd say that many of us grew up in a religious social environment and learned statements, such as 'Oh my God', 'God help me/us', 'God Damn it', as exclamations, not necessarily as statements of belief
      Second, wouldn't a Christian making deals with God be a lapse in faith also?

      May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • numbnut

      I thought "OMG" meant, Oh, my gosh.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Would you ask a Muslim, if in the moment, they called out to Jesus? A Hindu? Would you find it reasonable to ask a Christian, if in the moment, they called out to Shiva?

      Why would you do that? And there are atheists in foxholes – my dad was one in the Vietnam war – it's an offensive question and stereotype. I've been in the hospital thinking I was dead – and no, there was no thought of praying or god – didn't occur to me until days later that some people would.

      May 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  2. ME II

    Good for her!

    Perhaps this says something about Blitzer and what leading questions the media ask?

    May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      That's exactly what I thought.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  3. Tom

    What is really sad is that she felt uncomfortable in responding to the silly god question. It's a sign of the abuse anyone who doesn't accept the concept of religion in an form has to deal with on a regular basis. She had to make sure she "qualified" her response to let the spineless god creatures know she's OK with them thanking their made-up god. How incredibly sad that is that we cannot believe or not believe as we wish in this country. I wonder just how many believers would be quite so willing to give her the right to feel as she does. That it would never occur to any of them to even mention it, as she felt she had to on TV, speaks volumes about just how religiously unfree this dying nation really is.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • QS

      So nice to see that I'm not the only one who sees this. Thanks.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • OMG

      She feels uncomfortable talking about her beliefs. The poor thing.

      The Consti+ution guarantees we all feel comfortable. What can we do about this?

      May 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
    • OMG

      She feels uncomfortable!

      She isn't being dragged into the streets by religious leaders like they would in Iran.

      She isn't hiding her Bible from the authorities like so many have to do in China.

      Most people would take 'feeling uncomfortable' over being beaten, killed or threatened.

      We've still got it pretty good here.

      They both laughed. It was funny. Not a threat to atheism.

      Wake up.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • JMEF

      OMG
      People can stop thanking their ever loving god that allowed disasters to happen. Thanks for saving me should be replaced with what the hell are you doing if you are a loving god, God is in the mind of man, all else does not exist and the religious shaman, witchdoctors, priests, pastors and ministers take advantage; it is all a SCAM of all religions. If you really need a crutch go out in the woods and find a sturdy branch much more real than any deity.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • OMG

      Praying and thanking God is just words. You want to censor their free speech? This is the news, not a government service like the DMV.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • JMEF

      OMG
      Freedom of religion is fine with everyone lets hope, no more inquisitions or beheadings by Taliban fanatics throughout the world. Why do you suppose that an atheist/deist/agnostic would be reluctant to admit that publicly in a very religious community? Perhaps rejection from her fellows?

      May 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • just me.

      She was quite brave.She is naturally concerned that she will ostracized by the Christians in her town,especially the people that KNOW god saved them while others died.This makes no sense at all to the logical person,but in the Babble belt....

      May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Paulius Maximus

      Her fears are justified. Christians are mostly a very bigoted lot, almost as bad as Muslims in ostracizing non-sheep.

      May 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  4. QS

    The other side of this story is a bit more subtle – her hesitation to answer the way she did...truthfully...illustrates that we non-believers still have a latent apprehension when it comes to dealing with religious people; and for good reason.

    So many of us Atheists have escaped the confines and restraints of religion, only to find ourselves still forced to go along with something we believe to be detrimental to society just because if we express our non-belief in any way we're instantly thought of as being rude or as attacking the beliefs of others.

    Simply by answering a question like "do you thank god for..." with a "no" is seen as being insensitive or as mocking the beliefs of those who did.

    This adamance of the religious that all others just play along is finally being broken down. My fellow Atheists, never hesitate to answer these types of questions the way we do....with honesty and not a shred of guilt for not following somebody elses fantasy.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Ted

      Also consider that she's in about the most conservative state in the country.
      Her Christian neighbors might start treating her differently.

      May 23, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • Arthur Bryant

      I lived in Oklahoma for 10 years and still own a house there. I can tell you from personal experience that it's flat out dangerous to admit to being anything other than a bible-thumper. Ostracism is the least of it. Either
      Wolf didn't know what kind of position he was putting her in or he didn't care. Either way it's shoddy reporting.

      May 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  5. 100% Atheist

    That took guts for her to state the fact she is an atheist. I lived in OK for a time in OKC right near there and it was HARD to be an atheist in OKLA...bravo to atheists everywhere who stand up and state their position! We need more of that...

    May 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Herb

      She should not have said anything. She risks being attacked for being outside the religious nuts influence.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
  6. {*}

    It's this woman's right to believe or not to believe. But has she has confronted the full force of her atheism? Naturally, she feels devasted. But courageous, honest atheists should ask her "why? don't you know that we are merely the product of blind, stupid forces of nature, and therefore we should be completely at home in it? Why should you think of this as 'bad' since nothing is 'bad'. There is only 'what is'. And don't you realize that humanity has simply evolved into a freak? After all, the blind watchmaker has somehow produced a being who searches for meaning where none exists, wonders about his place in the universe when the universe doesn't care? And is never satisfied in his own skin?" Maybe atheists don't dwell on hard questions because of the ramifications of fully embracing the 'answers'.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • pauleky

      Your post makes no sense because they "answers" you speak of are from an invisible being in the sky of whom there is zero proof. You're welcome to your fantasy world, but leave the rest of us out of it. I was raised Southern Baptists and was a believer for a lot longer than I've been an atheist. If you truly are seeking answers, then you'd be an atheist, too.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Assuming there's a magical being that protects you, and that you'll get back everyone who ever dies, if you're a good person – that's ducking the hard questions, taking an easy, pretty answer.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • ..and for the good news;there is no Satan either !

      You had me till "answers".Care to elaborate?

      May 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • 100% Atheist

      All I can say to you is that there are 24 dead people who were praying and 1 living atheist...prayer kills. An atheist lives because she used her brain and got off her butt and got out of there, she's a hero for saving her child's life.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • SDFrankie

      You think you've got some scary secret there. You've got nothing. Any thinking atheist has already addressed these big scary ramifications. So you'd have us run in fear to a fairy-tale? That's for the weak and stupid. You're absolutely right, there is only "what is". That's the world I live in every day and I don't dull my mind with the dope of religion, weakling.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Colin

    In addition to not thanking the Judeo-Christian god, she declined to thank Azura Mazda, Angus, Belenos, Brigid, Dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Allah Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, God, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Ganesh, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Shiva Thuno, Tir, Vishnu, Weyland, Woden, Yahweh, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, Saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Herne, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, Ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac and Zaramama.

    Oh we humans, how we love to create gods and project upon them our own hopes, dreams and prejudices.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • Will S

      You left out Richard Dawkins.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Will S

      Since Richard Dawkins isn't a god in any capacity that wouldn't make sense to add him.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Herb

      Who? Dawkins? I have yet to read any of his books nor do I visit his website. He has one, you know. You could go there and get torn to bits inside a minute if you like.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      That would be Ahura Mazda, not Azura.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • Gary

      What about the Almighty Dollar?

      May 23, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  8. Socrates

    Wolf and the sorts (religious zealots included) have a very selective way of looking at facts: he left out the deaths and destruction – does the lady have to thank Lord for those too?!!

    May 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  9. Robert

    "God kills 24 Christians and spares Atheist. You're in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

    May 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Herb

      😀

      May 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Thomas Larson

      Brilliant Robert. And how about this, the man who said in a post-OK tornado interview, that since he is in the hands of the Lord, the Lord spared him when the twister came. So what does he think about the 7 kids who died? The Lord didn't spare them because the Lord was angry at those kids and he decided, time to die, kids. Tell that, Mr. Christian, to their parents who if they are Christians will have an even harder time than the atheist trying to square's God' mystery.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • Yeager

      God has always had terrible aim.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Gary

      God works in freaky, mysterious ways.

      May 23, 2013 at 7:56 am |
  10. QS

    The unintended arrogance that religion creates and sustains on full display....not just because of this interview but because of the whole situation there.

    The fact that so many people just assume that every person they talk to would inherently relate to a question like this shows us that religion closes people's minds to the concept of diversity.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  11. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    More than anything else I think this story demonstrates how trite the automatic response is for most Americans to say "I am blessed" or "Thanks be to God" for every little thing that happens.

    While Wolf looked silly for making that assumption, at least 9 out of 10 people he met that day probably did say "Thanks be to God" or some such plat!tude.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  12. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    I'm glad she stood up for herself and didn't give in to Wolf's "can I hear a 'thank you Jesus!"'

    May 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  13. masha

    the story here is, again, cnn as well as its low quality people. why would you inject religion and assume a person is a christian? blitzer and cnn have proved again that they are the joke of journalism.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • ..and for the good news;there is no Satan either !

      I'm sure the real journalists over at Fox would love you to comment on their board..Huh?What's that?They don't allow comments?Are they afraid of something?LOL.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  14. Herb

    This assumption that everyone else must be as barmy as they are,... is what you see in brainwashed people.
    They are conditioned to imagine themselves as being surrounded by like-minded people who view things the same as they do.
    When confronted with the truth, they go into instant denial.
    When shown that they are viewing the world in a skewed and unrealistic way, they go into denial.
    When confronted with a traumatic event, they use that to reinforce their beliefs and go deeper into their cultish schizophrenic fantasy-world because that is how brainwashed people react to traumatic real-world events.
    Assuming everyone is just bursting with religious sentiments is what tripped up Wolf Blitzer, but he's fast on his feet and level-headed enough to laugh at his mistake.

    Had this been a Muslim country, they would have stopped filming and taken the atheist away to be executed and she would never have appeared on tv.

    Many Christians want to see a theocracy, not because they like executing people, but because they cannot see the basic failure of their religion in giving them guidance or self-control and assume that any failure to follow their imaginary interpretation is due to the lack of proper religious laws and not because their religion is a fraud or anything like that.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Roger that

    She decided to flee to save herself and her son. She could have stayed and prayed and been another victim. Imagine that. What does this tell us about prayer? If you're sick and you go to the doctor, your chances are pretty good. Stay at home and pray and your future is bleak. .

    May 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Barking Up The Wrong God

      Yup. Roger that.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  16. Paul

    The interviewer got pretty PWNED on this one, but he's good enough at his trade that he recovered OK. Gotta give him credit for that, and the interviewee was sure polite to him at the end, maybe too much so.

    One more note for the believer sheeple though: there's no god, and people without belief in one are generally much smarter than you are. Give that some cogitating.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • OMG

      He probably kept hearing stories of people praising and trusting in God – he got used to it.

      How do you figure that people who generally don't believe are smarter than those who don't?

      There are some brilliant Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Native-American minds out there.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Herb

      Sane, not intelligent. The word should be SANE. We are sane, religious people are not.
      We can deal with reality, they cannot.
      Relative intelligence is only a factor in figuring things out. There is no guarantee that this always works or that everyone is going to have the same information to use in figuring things out.
      But in terms of mental health, unbelievers are not burdened by an indoctrinated delusional state, and so enjoy a clear advantage in this area.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • OMG

      Belief in God doesn't indicate insanity.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • OMG

      "We are sane, religious people are not."

      You would choose the competent Jewish surgeon who graduated with honors over the clumsy atheist surgeon who almost flunked out of school, wouldn't you?

      You do realize that there are doctors and scientists who believe in God – and are just as sane as you?

      Right?

      May 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Herb

      They are delusional no matter what degrees they have managed to get, so, no, they are not sane but delusional.
      At any time, they can kill in the name of imaginary insult or offense or design. They are schizophrenic and no I would not trust them at all.
      Just because they have a degree you think this makes them sane? Sorry, but psychology doesn't work that way, sport.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • OMG

      Herb

      Can you post something that supports your stance? Like a credible source.

      This SANE ATHEIST seems to say people like you are full of spit:

      http://brutereason.net/2012/10/09/faith-is-not-a-mental-illness/

      "Regardless of whether or not you can choose to believe in god, you definitely get to choose whether and to what extent you observe a religion (unless you’re a child, but that’s different). People with schizophrenia don’t get to choose which hallucinations they have and how often. People with OCD don’t get to choose their compulsions. People with phobias don’t get to choose which phobias they have or how they manifest themselves."

      May 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • OMG

      Second, suggesting that religious people are mentally ill is sanctimonious and offensive. It insinuates that they are incapable of consciously and purposefully choosing to be religious, and that their religious beliefs are just as meaningless as a symptom of mental illness. It reminds me of when I used to bring up concerns with friends who would respond, “Oh, that’s not such a big deal, you just feel that way ’cause you’re depressed.”

      May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Tully

      Well Paul, I'm glad you are MUCH smarter than I, and other believers. After all, being much smarter is a really important indicator of a persons character, ethics, personal integrity, willingness to work hard, honesty..... You know, all those lesser inferred traits which a person might have.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Barking Up The Wrong God

      Tully, you're stupid and you suck.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Herb

      OMG
      Religion is mental illness.
      Indoctrination takes away any "choice", as does the tendency of people to become irrational and blinded by emotion.
      Your religion is based on what, exactly? A few bits written by hallucinating tribal shamans thousands of years ago.
      What do you have that is supported by actual facts? Anything? No.
      You think a sane person would rationally choose to be delusional, deciding to believe imaginary stuff was real?
      Seriously? You are way too uneducated to be having this argument. Go pray for some facts or something...

      May 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  17. AtheistCheck

    "...aren’t the sorts (of atheists) who advertise their beliefs or throw them in people’s faces."

    Oh, so they aren't the atheists that post on the CNN Belief Blog.

    May 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Bender Rodriguez

      or those pesky atheists that show up at my door on weekend mornings.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Herb

      Funny how you couldn't find anywhere else that atheists argue with delusional people such as yourself, atheistccheck.
      Are you angry at atheists? Why?

      May 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  18. OMG

    I'm glad they could both laugh about it.

    May 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Archer

      People tend to be nicer to each other when they are face-to-face. These anonymous forums bring out the worst in most people.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  19. Science

    Blitzer must not like facts either ?

    May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  20. Apple Bush

    Imagine how embarrassed she would have been had she said she "thanked god" lol. Close call.

    May 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
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