BuzzFeed: The 21 Things Atheist Girls Love

Buzzfeed’s Natasha Vargas-Cooper has compiled a listicle of 21 Things Atheist Girls Love. What’s on the list? Here’s a glimpse:

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While They Raised Money for Atheist Tornado Victim, He Was Capitalizing on the Generosity for Personal Gain

On May 23rd, the organizers of the FreeOK Oklahoma Freethought Convention decided to hold a fundraiser for Rebecca Vitsmun. Vitsmun, as you might recall, was the woman who famously told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she was an atheist when he asked her if she was thanking the Lord following the tornado:

The fundraiser put Vitsmun’s phrase, “I’m actually an atheist,” on t-shirts:

These shirts will be sold online and at the FreeOK Convention in June for a $25 donation to a relief fund designated to help our heroine and her son get through this very difficult time. All tees are black, 100% cotton with “I’m actually an atheist” screen printed in white with the scarlet letter A that has come to be associated with atheism. Ladies cuts are available. When ordering, you may choose to have your tee shipped or have it waiting for you at the convention on June 22nd. As always, your support is appreciated.

Awesome, right? You got a shirt and Vitsmun’s family received some money to help them out through their difficult time. In fact, FreeOK sold over 1,000 shirts — they’re still fulfilling orders as we speak, but we’ll know very soon how much money will be given to the Vitsmuns.

Here’s where things get weird.

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Can You Be a Good Skeptic and Believe in God?

Mister Deity says of course you can:

Relax, he says, there are Catholics who use birth control, too.

Here’s the more entertaining question: Are there more skeptics who believe in some higher power, or more atheists who are poor skeptics?

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She’s Trying to Help Westboro Baptist Church Members Escape and Start a New Life

A few months ago, I interviewed Lauren Drain, a former member of Westboro Baptist Church (a.k.a. The “God Hates Fags” people).

Drain had just written a book about her time in the hate group called Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church:

Now, Drain has a new mission: Helping others escape the church just like she did. She started a GoFundMe campaign aiming to raise $20,000 for the project (emphasis hers):

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A Christian Website Has Discovered r/NoFap

The Christian website LifeSiteNews has discovered a fascinating breed of Redditors who have sworn off masturbation (as long as they can, anyway), They do it (or don’t, I should say) for a variety of reasons, including religious beliefs, getting higher testosterone counts, and fighting back against the business of pornography:

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