Atheist in Oklahoma asked by Wolf Blitzer on thanking a god?
In this short video CNN's Wolf Blitzer (still the coolest name in journalism) in the aftermath of the giant tornado in Oklahoma City, asks a woman named Rebecca Vitsmun (who is holding her son), "Do you thank the Lord?" Vitsmun replies, "I'm actually an atheist."
I hope for the sake of Rebecca Vitsman, that her family doesn't get death threats from any on the Christian right-wing. Atheists who oppose government involvement in religion commonly get them, though she advocated no such thing while interviewed.
At the very least, she is going to get a lot letters for her to find Jesus. (Jesus seems to be like Waldo, always having to be found) Of course, being an atheist in Oklahoma means, one has never heard of Jesus. That is what Christian evangelicals seem to believe about atheists, generally.
Vitsmun went out of her way to be nice to Christians after Blitzer basically asked her to get down on her knees and pray to this god in the sky. She said she doesn't blame anyone for thanking this god. I couldn't and wouldn't be that nice.
Why would anyone thank a god for having them survive, when letting others die? It's not like this supposed god is putting his life on the line, like a firefighter, to rescue people. When a firefighter can't rescue everyone, it is not because he or she didn't want to, it was because he/she couldn't. Even in the supposed sacrifice by Jesus the son/man/God, he knew he wouldn't really die. There was no sacrifice.
The assumption still exists that anyone who lives through a natural disaster or other near death experience must become religious, if they are already not. That is the basis, other then plain disdain for atheists, of the mythology that there are "no atheists in foxholes." Something made up by those who believe in a god, because they can't imagine others would hold to no belief even after awful events.
This god, if true, arbitrary picks and chooses who will live and die. Blitzer assumed that a woman in Oklahoma would be a Christian, and usually that is correct. But, America is changing and even the heart of the Bible Belt is starting to see more non-believers and atheists in their midst. Let there be more Rebecca Vitsmuns there, and elsewhere.