Has the Oklahoma atheist been saved?

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Just days after she announced to the world from tornado-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, that she is an atheist, it looks like Rebecca Vitsmun has found salvation.


Not from the Lord, mind you, but from other atheists and friends of atheists.

An Indiegogo campaign titled “Atheists Unite,” launched late Thursday by stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, is raking in dollars to help her family rebuild. Less than 17 hours after going live, it met its 60-day goal of $50,000. A little more than an hour later, as we prepared to publish, donations were at $55,000 – and growing.

“Holy @#!%!” Stanhope said, by way of hello when he answered his phone Friday morning.

Vitsmun, whose home was destroyed in Monday’s deadly tornado, unwittingly became a sensation Tuesday after participating in a live TV interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. When Blitzer asked if she thanked the Lord for the decision she made that saved her and her 19-month-old son, she stammered before saying, “I’m actually an atheist.”

She and Blitzer laughed and moved on. But that TV moment took on a life of its own, spreading online and through social media.

It also inspired this outpouring of atheist love.

Written By: Jessica Ravitz
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    • In reply to #1 by Sample:

      I wonder how long it will take Christians to notice that there is a cross shape in that girder to the left of Wolf Blitzer’s head?

      Mike

      Mike, you know that cross shaped girders provide positive proof that God is real, Jesus is Lord, and the earth is only 6,000 years old.

  1. I’m of course happy that she has received all these donations, she needs all the help she can get. But the problem in a situation like this is that there are many others out there who also need help, but she gets all the attention because she happened to be in front of a camera at the right time. She has unwillingly become the face for an out of the closet atheist, and it seems that the help she is getting is partially a way for the atheist community to thank her for it. While helping her is definitely a good thing, regardless of the motivations, it does smell like a publicity stunt.

    • In reply to #6 by Aztek:

      I’m of course happy that she has received all these donations, she needs all the help she can get. But the problem in a situation like this is that there are many others out there who also need help, but she gets all the attention because she happened to be in front of a camera at the right time. Sh…

      This takes hand-wringing to a Whole. Nutha. Level.

      • She gets the attention because under duress, she stated on international television, that she was an atheist.

        Hopefully sometime soon, thanks to Rebecca’s opportunistic response, publicly stating one’s lack of religious belief won’t be such a big deal.

        Maybe it will be as common and acceptable as stating that you think you’ve been blessed by god because, unlike some of your neighbors, your life was spared.

        In reply to #13 by godsbuster:

        In reply to #6 by Aztek:

        I’m of course happy that she has received all these donations, she needs all the help she can get. But the problem in a situation like this is that there are many others out there who also need help, but she gets all the attention because she happened to be in front of a ca…

  2. Good for her that she has won the atheist equivalent of a lottery — without even buying a ticket.

    What really gets me is the unnecessary trotting out of “God talk” that organizations such as CNN go in for. As I’ve said before on RD.net, on almost every other “near death” event, CNN reporters are only too keen to say what a “miracle” it is or how God is to be praised that some person or other escaped death; escaped injury; lived to see another day.

    What’s worse is that, when you consider what the event was, a man trapped under some rubble, say, more often than not there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for the person’s good luck: the emergency service did its job; the doctors and nurses did theirs; the one room spared from distraction happened by chance to be the one the survivor run into.

    Rather than give credit where credit is due and then stop there, reporters such as Blitzer almost always sneak in a shake with God’s always invisible Hand. Annoying, to say the very least. Dereliction of journalistic standards, to say the most.

  3. An Indiegogo campaign titled “Atheists Unite,” launched late Thursday by stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, is raking in dollars to help her family rebuild.

    But don’t you see – that IS God working in His own mysterious way.

    • In reply to #9 by Tyler Durden:

      An Indiegogo campaign titled “Atheists Unite,” launched late Thursday by stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, is raking in dollars to help her family rebuild.

      But don’t you see – that IS God working in His own mysterious way.

      He’s such a cunning trickster.

    • I’d like to hear a Christian’s explanation of gawd’s mysterious way in letting an Atheist survive this disaster when we can be sure that many of those killed were x-tians.

      In reply to #9 by Tyler Durden:

      An Indiegogo campaign titled “Atheists Unite,” launched late Thursday by stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, is raking in dollars to help her family rebuild.

      But don’t you see – that IS God working in His own mysterious way.

    • In reply to #9 by Tyler Durden:

      An Indiegogo campaign titled “Atheists Unite,” launched late Thursday by stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, is raking in dollars to help her family rebuild.

      But don’t you see – that IS God working in His own mysterious way.

      It is mysterious, indeed. Where was God, to avoid the tornado destroying buildings, homes, and not only those of atheists, but equally those of religious people. Very, very mysterious!
      And he was even more, incomparably more mysterious when he allowed the Nazis to massacre six million of members of his own chosen people, my four grandparents among them.
      Examples like those are countless!
      Do not attribute only good things to god and absolve it from all the bad, tragic events happening to mankind. It is just no fair.

  4. She hesitated, then told “the truth” and she deserves much praise. In extremely religious Oklahoma her family may be ostracized and even lose their job and face possible threats. All for answering a very biased question from Wolfe on national TV. She has done more for human secularism and combating religious ignorance than most of us will ever get a chance to do. The world heard this brave woman with baby in hand refuse to bow down to religious pressure by not so simply stating the truth. Her family will need all the help they can get because I suspect her and family will suffer religious humiliation in months to come.

    • Seeing how screwed up the world has become because of the religious ideas of so many, it’s difficult to even have some faith in mankind.

      I can only have faith that eventually enough people will have the courage of the Vitsmuns that will ultimately result in a world that revolves around reason.

      In reply to #15 by GerhardW:

      Seems, that ther will be enough money for her to share with all her neighbors.

      I have still some faith left. Not in any kind of god, but in mankind.

  5. So far donations are at about 97K. This is great, but only a fraction of the cost of a home. I’m sure they have homeowner’s insurance which may be of help. If any money is left over I would hope that they spend it on the little one’s college fund which will be at least 300K! I’m considering donating but I want to be sure that 100% of the money will go to her family.

  6. Woops, guess I’m not an atheist. I forgot Doug Stanhope is god. Seriously, familiarize yourself with his work. His performance is Oslo is great. “the goal of every society should 100% unemployment.”- Stanhope

  7. Believers never seem to think the ‘blessing’ meme through to its logical conclusion. In suggesting that Vitsmun was “blessed” by surviving the tornado, Blitzer was implying that all the other victims who were killed, were — in addition — ‘cursed.’ Imagine: Killed AND cursed. It takes blaming the victim to a whole new repulsive level.

  8. Latest on indiegogo.com:

    “We’ve reached $100,000. Congratulations and thanks to all of you. More than anything else this has been about the many individuals who have come together under the Atheists Unite banner and given what they could. You were part of that so, again, congratulations and thanks.
    And we’re sure this effort will continue until July 22nd as more and more take this milestone opportunity to pass the campaign torch on, via facebook, twitter, whatever.
    Since the initial $50,000 was just a random number and we hugely under-estimated you, we’re now setting a new goal of 6.1 trillion dollars. So get busy.”

  9. “When Blitzer asked if she thanked the Lord for the decision she made that saved her and her 19-month-old son…”

    Why thank the lord, Blitzer? No. Why even mention the lord? That is no different than insulting and belittling Vitsmun – suggesting that her actions were not to her merit. The decision to save her and her 19-month-old son was her decision and her action alone (and in a way, that of her genes too). I really think she is the entity that should be commended here. I also think it is quite redundant (Christian logic?) to think that the God (who supposedly caused the tornado in the first place), demands that we “thanked the Lord” for our efforts to survive that very disaster perpetuated by the same God itself. It is quite like shooting somebody in the leg, then, after they remove that very bullet from their leg to save their lives, you expect them to thank you. For what exactly?

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