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Thank You Freethought Bloggers w/Bonus Crochet FSM!
Back in May eleven intrepid bloggers joined forces to compete against PZ Myers and his horde of followers through a contest to raise money for Camp Quest. The intrepid forces of Team Awesome defeated the Squidlord, but the real winner of the contest was Camp Quest! Between the work of the bloggers, donors, and the last minute matching offer from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation over $33,000 was raised for Camp Quest during the month-long contest!
We wanted to do something special to thank the bloggers, but what do you give to the paragons of the freethought blogosphere? With the help of Sue Henry and Kelley Freeman, we found the perfect gift - hand crocheted Flying Spaghetti Monsters. Sue developed the pattern, and she and Kelley split the crocheting work. If you want to make your own, you can use Sue's free pattern. If you can't crochet, and still want one, try commissioning Kelley to make one for you through her Ramen Needles etsy shop, and check out her other awesome crocheted items while you're there.
We gave out a few of the thank you flying spaghetti monsters at the Secular Student Alliance annual convention, and we're mailing off the rest.
Thank you again to PZ Myers of Pharyngula, Greta Christina of Greta Christina's Blog, JT Eberhard of WWJTD, Jen McCreight of Blag Hag, Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist, Phil Ferguson of Skeptic Money, Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism, Cuttlefish of Digital Cuttlefish, C.L. Hanson of Letters from a broad, The Chaplain of An Apostate's Chapel, Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience, and Sikivu Hutchinson of Black Skeptics Group
And, if you donated during the contest, thank you! Unfortunately, we can't make flying spaghetti monsters for all of you, but we are working on getting thank you letters out. The response was overwhelming with more than 500 people giving amounts small and large.