Atheists of Maine Raise Thousands of Dollars by Taking a Polar Plunge

Over the weekend, members of the Atheists of Maine took a polar plunge — jumping into a freezing lake in already-cold weather — in order to raise money for Camp Sunshine: “a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

The atheists raised more money for the cause than any other group, $2,169 to be exact. An awesome amount of money for a local group!

I don’t know how some of you jump in freezing water or run up dozens of flights of stairs or run marathons… but you have my respect.

If you’d still like to donate, it’s not too late. Just go here and help them out so they can do good while staying warm!

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  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    And us folks in Maine get no love, again. It is horrible living in a state where nobody ever ask you what church you attend. Where you don’t hear people loudly praying over their meals when you go out to eat.

    Where gay marriage is legal thanks to the popular vote and you don’t read abut people suing over invocations before board meetings or asking to have the 10 commandments removed from a building.

    It is horrible that my daughter can say in school she doesn’t believe in god and have friends who are openly gay and nobody really gives a shit. Such a horrible place Maine is to live in.


  • ReadsInTrees

    Hmm…I wonder which Maine you live in. I know that when I tell people I don’t believe in god, it definitely causes rifts. Thankfully, Maine isn’t so bad that there are Ten Commandments on the wall of the local Dairy Queen…but plenty of atheists here still feel ostracized by friends and families for not believing in god.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I’m in Bangor and me telling anyone so far that I’m an atheist has caused no rifts.

  • ReadsInTrees

    Then you’re a lucky one.