The scrappy underdogs have won it!
In the epic battle to raise more money for Camp Quest -- the kids' camp for children of atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and other non-supernaturalists -- Team Awesome/ Beat PZ -- made up of me, Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist, Jen McCreight of Blag Hag, JT Eberhard of WWJTD?, Digital Cuttlefish at The Digital Cuttlefish, Sikivu Hutchinson at Black Skeptics Group, Adam Lee at Daylight Atheism, The Chaplain at An Apostate's Chapel, C.L. Hanson at Letters From a Broad, and Matt Dillahunty at The Atheist Experience -- has raised $13,550.06. $1,868.73 of which was matched by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation. For a total of $15,418.79.
Raising -- just so we don't lose sight of the actual point of all this -- a grand total between all of us of $30,074.80 for Camp Quest, the kids' camp for children of atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and other non-supernaturalists.
WE ARE VICTORIOUS!
Yes, yes, I know. PZ tried to play us. In a pathetic attempt to save face, with the prospect of humiliating defeat bearing down on him, PZ tried to throw the match -- asking his minions to support our team instead of his, and pretending that Team Awesome's noble offer to make fools of ourselves in public was his master plan all along. Yeah, right. Nice try. Kind of sad, really.
So yes. Ahem. Re that "making fools of ourselves in public" bit.
[looks around frantically for an exit]
Yes, I'm on it. At the Secular Student Alliance conference in July, I will take to the karaoke stage, and pop my karaoke cherry. I will post the video, on this blog and on Facebook. I will do a solo -- no, I don't yet know what song -- AND I encourage any and all members of Team Awesome who are at the conference to join me on stage for a stirring rendition of "We Are The Champions." PZ is speaking at the conference as well, and if he's
man squid enough, he'll attend the Karaoke Victory Ritual as well, and suck up his defeat in person.
Altruism is so much fun. Many, many thanks to everyone who played. Thanks to everyone on Team Awesome. Thanks to the Stiefel Freethought Foundation. Thanks, even, to our worthy opponent PZ Myers, who made this an epic and hilarious battle. And most of all -- thanks to everyone who donated to Camp Quest. For either team. This is a truly worthy cause, and we've improved the lives of a whole bunch of freethought families. If godlessness really means that we have no moral compass and can just do whatever we want to do, then apparently what we want to do is help other people.
And because I can't finish this on a sappy note, I'm going to finish with a stirring round of rubbing it in.
We are the champions
We are the champions,
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions
Of the WOOOOORLD!