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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

soundoff (2,486 Responses)
  1. steve

    your God is in your mind and whatever you percieve him/it to be.
    If you are a negative person you will display a negative god to yourself.
    On the other hand a positive person will by nature display a positive in all things including the perception of their god.
    Thank goodness there are some of that catagory around us.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • godless is happiness

      Yep, my personal god is a 6' blonde female with legs a mile long. She is intelligent but not too talkative. Great athlete, conversationalist and cook.

      Yum yum. I love my god.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • robert

      With or without religion, good people will do good things and bad people will do bad things. But for good people to do bad things, that takes religion.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @godless.................I love your god too!

      May 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • seriously

      "their beliefs" have caused a countless number of deaths.

      If there is a god. I hope he has an excuse for being such an a-s-s-h-o-l-e

      Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only
      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christian
      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, catholicism and church history – but still call yourself a Christian

      May 23, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  2. GOOD NEWS

    GOD is absolutely real,

    GOD really cares for us in good days and in bad days,

    that we may sincerely return to Him.

    Atheists, so here is a real invitation to you

    from one and only real GOD,

    here now:

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      ^ babble babble babble ^

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Extra mayo, Italian and mustard. No lettuce.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      What does he look like? What does he sound like? Is it a he?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Doomsday, Inc.

      Uhhh.... Prove it....

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • robert

      He obviously didn't care very much for those children he killed. We can all certainly do without that kind of love.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Sam

      Your god is imaginary. Similar to Santa clause.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • seriously

      "their beliefs" have caused a countless number of deaths.

      If there is a god. I hope he has an excuse for being such an a-s-s-h-o-l-e

      Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only
      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christian
      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, catholicism and church history – but still call yourself a Christian

      May 23, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  3. Atheism is unhealthy for our children and living things...

    Prayer helps, only if you truly believe in our lord and savior.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time. don't just wish the world was getting better - go outside and put those hands to use making it happen.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Observer

      God is unhealthy for children and other living things:

      – Genesis 7:21 “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings”

      May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Sam

      Lying to children about an imaginary god is child abuse.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • @sam

      And telling children in the public school system that evolution and the big bang is 100 percent, completely testable, observable and repeatable is also lying to them.

      I wonder why these schools, with nothing to fear at all won't teach students ALL possible scenarios and let them decided for themselves. Here we are trying to argue for cognitive and critical thinking, yet, we DON'T tell them what OTHERS believe, only what WE want them to believe. Yes, that's fair. Educate children with a bias...because that's NOT lying.

      Try again?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  4. CHRISTIAN & PROUD

    Jesus said: Blessed are those who have not yet seen me. Love your neighbor, love your enemy.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Jesus said: oooooooh....ahhhhhhh. I am the ghost of Christmas past! oooooohhhh.....!

      May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Love your neighbor. Tiger Woods, Newt Gingrich, David Vitter Yep they've read the bible.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • stu

      I saw him recently – etched into the tortilla wrapping my burrito. I was going to call FOX News and show them, but the burriot looked so yummy I just couldn't hold off.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      jesus also said to beat slaves that do not obey "with many stripes." amen.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • godless is happiness

      50/50 chance your jesus never even existed.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • SkepticalOne

      We must all be blessed then because, if he ever actually existed, he has not been seen by anybody for thousands of years.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  5. Zeke

    There is no god. Please keep your fantastical unicorns that dispense strawberry Quik out their anuses out of any rational discussion and for Jeebus sake...out of government.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
  6. swohio

    Romans 1:20-21a [NIV] – "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him..."

    May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Zeke

      Boooooring.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • hughes

      Who said that...Thor?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      wow, you have the amazing ability to quote a book that has been quoted for far to long, congrats on being a sheep.. bbbaahhhhh.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • taildragon

      The fool has said in his heart, "There is no Santa."

      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • @hughes

      No, some guy who took that belief to his death.

      Which according to atheist, his story is made up.

      So, what we are made to believe is that this guy, made up this great lie, knew it was a lie, and then died for the lie that he knew was a lie. Yes, that makes sense. Furthermore, people who he told the lie to, Romans and Greeks, they believed it to, even though THEY were in a position to verify the message and its veracity.

      So, our options are: They believed it because they believed it to be true because they had seen for themselves this Jesus guy, or they were convinced by reason and intellect that what he saying was true. Or, they too knew it was a lie, converted to this lie knowing it was a lie, and then they allowed themselves to die for something they knew was lie after having the ability to verify the veracity of the story.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Stories evolve. Gods evolve. Jesus is the product of many "god's sons" and "god" before him that evolved into the Jesus myth. The myth believers of a thousand years ago would not recognize the Jesus believed today, and the myth believers of today would not recognize the Jesus of a thousand years from now.

      God is invisible and undetectable and irrelevant. Nothing to measure; nothing to detect. No god.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • @Moby Schtick

      So what you are saying is, this story about Jesus was a lie that someone made up and died knowing full well that it was a lie?

      And then what you are saying is that the Greeks and Romans (who clearly were not as dumb as the Jews...) who knew full well whether Jesus lived or not, were able to verify the story, they believed this lie, and converted, and then died knowing that it was a lie?

      Who was the last person that died for Zeus? The last person that died for believing in Horus under persecution? Primary sources only please. meatcnn at gmail com

      May 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • G to the T

      No – he's saying it's a story and no one actually KNOWs if any of it happened the way they describe. There are other stories saying people died because they believed in the other story. Either one or both may be true or false and not change the sincerity of the people who lived the events or the people that wrote the stories. You can be completely sincere and still wrong...

      May 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  7. Omg

    God saved her and she refuses to thank Him... What a psychopath!

    May 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      God missed 24...was he having a bad day? A little under the weather?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Zeke

      Your fake god also just would have murdered all those school kiddies and you would thank him? – Who's the psycho?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Observer

      So God saved her while letting all the children die. How totally HEARTLESS.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Doobs

      Gee, you'd think that god would have killed her and let those children live, what with her heathen ways and all. But then your god seems pretty random with who he smites. Maybe getting into heaven is just a giant crapshoot too.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • robert

      He didn't save her, he was just so focused on killing those kids that he missed her.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  8. Lahmo

    Atheists shouldn't be allowed to have kids... I feel bad for that kid being raised by devils 🙁
    I hope the kid doesn't get brainwashed

    May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      atheism is brainwashing? lol! that's the funniest thing i've read all day, especially coming from a good little cult member like yourself. religion teaches you to turn your brain off. science teaches you to question everything. try using come cognitive thinking skills instead of just obeyobeyobey.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Observer

      Lahmo,

      Yep. It's better to tell them that unicorns existed and animals talk.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      and on a counter-note, I hope you die soon so there will be one less waste of humanity on the planet.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Zeke

      Welp. Christianity didn't stop your Uncle Granpa from impregnating you Sister Momma? You seem to have turned out....oh welp...

      May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Doomsday, Inc.

      You're sick...

      May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Oops too late. Many of us have children and as much as I can only speak for mine, she is a great drug/booze free 19 year old. She attends college, volunteers and is crime free.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • @booty

      "atheism is brainwashing? lol! that's the funniest thing i've read all day, especially coming from a good little cult member like yourself. religion teaches you to turn your brain off. science teaches you to question everything. try using come cognitive thinking skills instead of just obey"

      Religion teaches you to turn off your brain? Really? You spoke earlier about ignorance. Perhaps you should read a bit more about religion, specifically Christianity. The last thing Christianity teaches, especially in the New Testament is to turn the brain off. Try again?

      Considering Science teaches you to question everything, I'm wondering what part of your questioning and answering has dealt with matter creating itself out of nothing? Or, if you wish to contend that the matter came from the energy, then where did the energy come from? If you wish to say dark matter or another universe, you then have to ask the "question" (that's the scientific question you asked right?) where did all that come from.

      Good luck answering that question considering in The Grand Design, Hawking has no answer either as he states, "the universes created themselves out of nothing." Ah, yes, true science.

      Also, I'd love for you to send me the empirical, testable evidence for the transition fossils that clearly prove one species turning into a completely different species altogether. You can send that to me at meatcnn at gmail com

      May 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      @booty. The fact that we don't fully understand before the first few microseconds of the Big Bang does not mean a god did it and it does not mean that your god did it.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      @booty

      So brainiac...where did your God come from? Or will you just dodge the question with some insipid special pleading.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • seriously

      No I in team but there sure is a U in d-o-u-ch-e

      If there is a god. I hope he has an excuse for being such an a-s-s-h-o-l-e

      Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only
      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christian
      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, catholicism and church history – but still call yourself a Christian

      May 23, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • euroyank

      without brainwashing little children, none of the organized religions would have either future sheep to follow, or funding to carry on their work

      May 27, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  9. Chris

    "Im an atheist" – really? If you said that in an Islamic nation you would have had your heat cut off

    May 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Zeke

      Jeebus, You really are a fine specimen of failure aren't you?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Zeke

      You really are a fine specimen of failure aren't you?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the bible says to kill all non-believers. luckily, most christians don't read that awful book.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • hughes

      So...!

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      and if you said it on the moon no one would hear you because there is no "air" and you would probably suffocate and die... this is about as important to note as your comment... Muslim countries people live like dogs, they have no respect for woman and are about 1000 years behind in education since the Byzantine empire fell... Muslim = garbage.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • @booty

      "the bible says to kill all non-believers."

      Considering you referenced Christianity and not Judaism, please provide the New Testament scriptures which clearly teach that non-believers should be killed.

      Of course, considering you are not ignorant at all, be sure if the verse DOES exist that the proper context is given.

      We'll be waiting. In fact, we'll be waiting a very long time, so please send me your "evidence" in its proper context to meatcnn at gmail com

      ....this is too easy....

      Try again?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • skepticpaster

      There are many passages about killing unbelievers. Here's one:
      Revelation 21:8
      "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

      Acts 3:23
      "And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people."

      Which, as we all know, can be interpreted to mean that Christians are commanded to kill all of these types of people, no matter how tenuous the connection between the text and the murderous intent of the Christian.
      They will interpret it to mean what they want it to mean regardless of what it actually says anyway.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  10. Zeke

    Jeebus doesn't give a crap. Jeebus made the tornado – looked at a map and said "All these people right HERE are SCREWED." Get a grip with your Iron Age Fairy Tales.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Mark

      You realize there are far more ways to die than by a tornado, right? Do you blame God for all types of death or only those caused by a Tornado? Sin is present in this world, God allowed sin to enter this world when man screwed up. Tornado's are just one of the thousands of examples where the world in which we live is punished due to sin, not because God wants certain people to die, but because sin is alive and growing in this world. This isn't heaven....

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Zeke

      i don't blame your fake god for anything. It doesnt exist. Moron.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Grow up, Mark. Just grow up.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Mark, dear, if you don't even know how to use possessives and contractions, why should I bother to pay any attention to what you think you know about god? You're an ignoramus.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
  11. NY

    If I ever heard anyone saying they were atheists, I would have spit on their face!

    She carries a baby... I hope she does not torture him with her satanic lifestyle

    May 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Zeke

      Please go suck on a rifle. Your life sucks.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Observer

      NY,

      Typical Christian HYPOCRITE. Well done. WWJD? lol.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      she's an atheist and satanist? you could not be a bigger idiot. satan is part of your christian mythology, you imbecile.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      The only ones who follow Satan are you pathetic worshippers. God, Satan, Heaven , Hell...it's all made up baloney.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • JCH

      Wow. That is very christian.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Trent

      Could you direct me to the part of the Bible where Jesus directs his followers to spit in the faces of non-believers? I seem to have skipped that part.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • robert

      Just more proof of the evil of religion. Hate, ignorance and intolerance is all it has to offer. Oh, and by the way, atheists no more believe in Satan they do god.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      I hope you die soon, one less piece of trash on the planet.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • euroyank

      May you go to the hell you believe so firmly in

      May 27, 2013 at 3:25 am |
  12. HeavenSent

    This woman's life was spared by the Almighty and she has too much pride to give Him credit. She may of survived the tornado, but she will still burn for eternity. If my camel-toe does not answer, keep buzzing. Carnal atheists, believing themselves to be mini-gods.

    Amen.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      too bad the almighty didn't spare those children. what a dik.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Zeke

      Too bad he murdered those children. Amen.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Zeke and Bootyfunk

      Christians come on these articles to tell atheists the Truth of Jesus, which is the word of God. Keep believing the lies of satan and find yourself on the wrong side of the salad. My 12-year-old daughter does not want to get married this time. Carnal atheists, learn to listen so you can taste God's pudding.

      Amen.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tom, why write under my handle and answer with another of your dummy handles? Is your life so empty you need to create friends?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • robert

      So you worship a child murderer. That's your decision. I guess this woman doesn't want to thank a bronze age myth for destroying her house and killing children. I guess she doesn't have your mental illness.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      @HeavenSent – get on your highhorse all day long, this is the last generation that will be albe to do it.. once your era dies out all the Christians that will be left are idiots, the smart and young will move towards more Progressive society and dump silly relgion down the toilet.. for better or worse, it does not matter what you do this is what the future will be so get it out while you can, its all on its way out.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  13. Alex

    I don't see the point in the media even asking these sorts of questions, much less reporting on the responses.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i don't see the point in ever bring up an invisible sky fairy that doesn't exist - but people do.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
  14. Salero21

    Atheism is stupidity in Full bloom and this is one more proof of it.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians sure hate facts.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • Zeke

      Wake up you idiotic sheep.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I think you should explain how "this one" person proved how atheism is stupid. Let's see your reasoning.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fact is Booty, Jesus loves you but isn't happy in what you do.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Jeff Mangum

      yeah, you really showed how intelligent you are with that post.. total fail

      May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  15. Ungodly Discipline

    There are many Gods in this and countless other universes. Our gods prove daily that there is no interaction or concern with humans.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      well, except Odin the All-Father. he watches us with his one eye and awaits Ragnarok. you'll see.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  16. QS

    I need no shepherd for I think and reason...and I am not a sheep,
    I shall want only what serves humanity best;
    I lie down in green pastures because I choose to, not because anything makes me.
    I swim in still waters, I need not be led beside them;
    If a soul exists it is mine and is for me to restore how I see fit.
    Paths of righteousness will never fail to lead a person astray…
    especially for His name’s sake.

    I will walk through many valleys, it’s called life;
    the shadow of death follows one and all, no matter where we walk.
    I fear evil;
    evil is created by man, which is to be feared far more than any of the countless versions of god;
    your rod and your staff do not comfort me as they are herding tools...and I am not a sheep.
    I would be arrogant to think goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, for I am human and we make mistakes.
    I shall not dwell in any house that believes me to be nothing more than an animal which must be told where to go and when.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Kip Wendell

      Well said...

      May 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • faith

      "If a soul exists it is mine and is for me to restore how I see fit."

      u created u? uir soul is urs?

      when u gonna wake up?

      got to serve somebody
      it may be your friend the devil or it may be the lord
      but make no mistake you are going to have to serve somebody
      and u already r

      May 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • John

      luv ....

      May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • jungleboo

      @ faith: "u"? "r"? You could not rot the English language any more than this. Grunting like a pig. Crass.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  17. faith

    Armageddon is moments away. u had plenty of opportunities.

    thank u god for sparing my life. hold close those in your presence for eternity and tell them we miss them. comfort those remaining here who loved them so

    May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you should go look in my toilet. i had chili cheese fries last night. it looks like armageddon has already happened in my bowels.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      Armageddon sick of this!

      May 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  18. MKmilan

    Wolf, you disappoint me! Inappropriate and embarrassing question, and so not what I would expect from you!! Watching you the last few years- other than election nights- you seem more tentative and your follow-up remarks quite pithy. Losing your edge, I'm afraid.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  19. Mike

    "Thank you lord for sparing me and killing those twenty young children instead."

    May 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • WMesser58

      @Mike Exactly

      May 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • MKmilan

      In a nutshell: well said.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • trinisyrian

      be careful what you say

      May 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
  20. WMesser58

    Religion is devise and until people get that you will have this Armageddon made by humans which will destroy our planet and everyone in it.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
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