Oklahoman Who Told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ‘I’m Actually An Atheist’ Speaks About the Disaster

You remember Rebecca Vitsmun, the Oklahoma native whose family survived the nasty tornado this past spring. During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, she had this notable exchange:

Blitzer: Well, you’re blessed. Brian, your husband, is blessed. Anders is blessed… and I guess you gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord? For that split-second decision?

Vitsmun: I… I… I’m… I’m actually an atheist… [Laughs]

Blitzer: Oh, you are! [Laughs] But you made the right call!

Vitsmun: Yeah, yep. We are here! And, you know, I don’t blame anybody for thanking the Lord.

Blitzer: Of course not.

It was fantastic :)

At the Atheist Alliance of America 2013 National Convention this past weekend, Vitsmun spoke about the disaster, the aftermath, and TIME magazine’s Joe Klein. (Skip to the 12:00 mark to hear the actual speech!)

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National Day of Prayer Leader in South Mississippi Charged with Fraud, Extortion, Embezzlement, Perjury, and More

Here’s Jackson County (Mississippi) Sheriff Mike Byrd on April 29 of this year, helping lead a local National Day of Prayer event:

The [National Day of Prayer] observance for Jackson County-Pascagoula is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse in Pascagoula. Praise and worship music begins at 11:30 a.m., and the prayer ceremony begins at noon. The program should run approximately 50-minutes.

Praise and worship will be provided by Scott Capers and Church At The Square praise team. Guest soloists include Charlotte Watts, vocalist and music director at Central Elementary School, Rev. John White, music minister at First Baptist Church Pascagoula and Sheriff Mike Byrd.

And here’s Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd as of late last week:

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These Republicans Are Sticking to Their God and Their Guns

This is an actual ad for an upcoming event for the Caldwell County Republican Party in Texas:

Yes… clinging to their God and Guns (a reference to an awkwardly-worded statement made in 2008 by then-candidate Barack Obama).

The best part may be the photo they used: A cowboy of sorts with a gun in one holster and a Bible in the other.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Will Appear on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

There’s a reason to watch the show as it heads into its 17th season:


Bill Nye’s competitors include ex-Scientologist (and “King of Queens” star) Leah Remini, comedian Bill Engvall, Showgirls and “Saved by the Bell” actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren

And Snooki.

Bill Nye and Snooki. Who will be linked together in the same sentences until one of them gets kicked off the show.

Let that sink in.

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Here’s How You Know Your Anti-Evolution Movie Is Really Bad

Tyler Francke isn’t a fan of Ray Comfort‘s new movie “Evolution vs. God” and he lets us know it in a blistering critique:

Of the many, many possible ways to make an effective documentary, perhaps the last one you would choose would be to go up to random people, put a camera in their faces and ask them a series of leading questions about an incredibly complex topic (interspersed with non sequiturs like “Are you a good person?”), until you get at least a few of them to arrive at your preconceived conclusion.

You wouldn’t use this technique, because it’s not very convincing. And it’s dishonest and unfair and fallacious and other even more colorful words. Unfortunately, this sums up the basis of “Evolution vs. God.

There’s a reason that this particular review is special…

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