The 10 Most Popular Posts on This Site: 2013 Edition January 1, 2014

The 10 Most Popular Posts on This Site: 2013 Edition

Here’s the yearly countdown of the most popular posts on this site:

10) The Atheist Daughter of a Notable Christian Apologist Shares Her Story (July 15)

9) After High School Student Blows Whistle on Christian Abstinence Speaker, She’s Told She Can’t Speak at Graduation (May 16)

8) Gimme That Old-Time Religion: A Growing Number of Greeks Bow To Zeus, Apollo, and Hera (June 23)

7) Pastor Refuses to Marry Couple an Hour Before Ceremony Because Bride’s Dress is Too Sexy (September 10)

6) Christian Pastor: ‘I Believe That the Government Should Use the Death Penalty’ on Homosexuals (July 6)

5) Girl Slaves of Catholic Magdalene Asylums to Receive Compensation, but Not from the Church (June 27)

4) TIME Cover Story Wrongly Attacks Atheists for Not Helping Out Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes (June 23)

3) One-Eyed Teen With Cancer Is Told Her Appearance Is ‘A Slap in the Face to God’ (November 21)

2) Remembering the UpStairs Lounge: The U.S.A.’s Largest LGBT Massacre Happened 40 Years Ago Today (June 24)

1) Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists To Graduate High School (January 25)

Looking at an extended list of the top posts, I don’t think I could have predicted which posts would’ve gone viral. It’s a mix of mostly current-events-related posts mixed in with a couple of essays that could’ve been published at anytime. Only a few of the posts covered topics virtually no one else online was writing about — even though I’d like to post more things like that in the future.

One story that I thought would get more attention but didn’t even crack the top 500 posts on this site was my profile of Anne Nicol Gaylor. I’m okay with that. That was a story I wanted to tell for a while and I finally had a chance to do it. There are a few more stories like that I’d like to work on next year.

In any case, thanks to all of you for reading and giving us the motivation to continue bringing you these stories. And a special thank you to everyone who sent us tips! A lot of our best posts came from your suggestions and our readers often pointed us to local stories that weren’t being covered anywhere else.

Here’s to another great year!

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  • John Lev

    What happened with the one-eyed girl story? Last you posted there was some new info that came to light and now the link doesn’t work. To my knowledge, there was never an update.

  • Frank Mitchell

    I scanned the archives for November; no sign of it.

  • I’m fairly certain the story was a hoax. I was waiting for the update too and it never came. Weird that they would include it as the #2 story of the year without any further explanation.

  • God’s Starship

    I remember how the comment section on that one was a zoo.

  • It was a hoax. Someone created fake online social accounts using the real girl’s photos and bio, then made up the story about the negative comments towards her. It’s odd that this site didn’t offer an official retraction or apology, as far as I know.

  • Foridin

    If I remember correctly, there was a retraction a few days later.

  • Popular by hits or comments?
    And that AZ bill died. They’re not going to try to force kids to say the pledge. But the past has a life of its own now.

  • tinker

    I believe that I left 2 comments in that thread myself. I cannot find the 2nd but a few of us had written to our congressmen and talked about it. I got a personal response after I replied to the canned one that iirc asked me why it was ok to have god on the money and in the pledge. I replied that it wasn’t and he should be responsible for answering that question for me. I did not get another response.

    iow – there were a few spirited discussions in there that went on for a few weeks.

  • Lauryn

    I loved your story about FFRF’s former president. 🙂 And of course all your other works, as well. I enjoy reading your blog every day, Hemant. It’s filled with humor, kindness & a heavy dose of reason!

  • Apologies for leaving you hanging. We spoke with the girl’s parents and friends and they told us that while a lot of the details about the girl were true, the website in question was a hoax as were the comments referencing God. At their request, even though other major websites had reported on the story before us, we took down the posting.

  • John Lev

    Hi Hemant, thank you so much for the update. Hope you had a great honeymoon.