Years After Her “I’m Actually an Atheist” Moment, a Tragedy Survivor is Helping Others Recover

It was three years ago today when, following a devastating tornado in Oklahoma, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer went to the scene to interview people affected by the tragedy.

He eventually spoke to a woman named Rebecca Vitsmun whose family was okay but whose home was not. At the end of the interview, Blitzer asked her if she thanked God for getting out of house in time… and that led to this incredible exchange:

What Vitsmun is doing now is incredible.

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Atheists Are Raising Funds to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador

Over the weekend, there was a devastating earthquake in Ecuador. As of this writing, more than 270 people have died, more than 2,500 people have been injured, and the horrors seems to grow larger by the hour.


Foundation Beyond Belief, an atheist organization I work with that supports secular charities, is currently holding a fundraiser to help people who have been affected by this tragedy.

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Say Hello to “Austin Humanists at Work”

I’ve posted several times about the group “Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless” and their various giveaways over the years. It’s a wonderful, local, volunteer-led effort to help those less fortunate, and it’s amazing how far they can stretch their donations.

Over the years, they’ve expanded to different cities. And now, after looking at the kind of work they’re doing and the kind of people they’re helping, they’ve decided to do a little rebranding.

They’re now called “Austin Humanists at Work.”


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Kiva Atheists Have Now Loaned Out an Astonishing $25,000,000 on the Microlending Website

Longtime readers of this site know that the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious group on microlending website Kiva is among the most popular on the site. We have loaned out more money than any other group and given out the most loans total. (The Kiva Christians come in second in both categories.)

But the atheists deserve another round of applause today because they just surpassed an astonishing $25 million in total loans made:


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Atheist Extends Open Invitation to Community to Come Over to Her House for a Christmas Meal

This is a little belated but what a wonderful story.

On Christmas, Asheville (North Carolina) resident Angelica Jasso extended an open invitation to anyone in her community to drop on by her home to get a hot, fresh, free meal.

She was compelled to do that because, as an atheist, she knew God wasn’t about to fill anyone’s stomach.


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