Is S.E. Cupp an atheist?
On one of the podcasts, Ryan commented on the fact he felt that there shouldn’t be a “purity” test when it came to atheism. While I agree no one should need to prove they are a true nonbeliever, you have to wonder if there aren’t a few who “fake it” for financial and political gain. Take the laughingly ignorant S.E. Cupp, who’s been making the rounds as Fox News’ new token “atheist”. She’s written a book suspiciously called “Losing OUR religion” , and she’s convinced there is a liberal conspiracy to undermine and attack religion.
A few days ago she went on “Real Time with Bill Maher”, and Bill confronted her about it. She came off looking fairly uninformed about the relative religiousity of people in the media, and my spider sense started to tingle. I’m not the only one who is suspicious of her non-belief. There’s even a Facebook group that claims she’s not actually a real atheist (with a surprisingly large number of TGA fans who have joined).
I’ll admit I’m suspicious of her intentions, but that may have more to do with the fact she’s obviously a clever opportunist. She may label herself a non-believer, but it’s clear her audience is very religious, and fearful of the way their religion is being tossed to the side in light of new discoveries about the natural world.
The Rational Ape has a great article detailing his suspicions about her lack of belief (and the fact that she doesn’t know what “allegory” means), but in the end, there’s little you can do about someone who might be faking disbelief simply to get attention (how annoying is it when Kirk Cameron claims he used to be an atheist?). Do I think she believes in God? Probably not, but she does seem to have a pretty weird agenda. Why would she welcome the inclusion of religion in politics, or be so blind as to think belief somehow makes politicians more trustworthy? She is either deliberately lying to placate her base, or she’s woefully misinformed about the dangers of mixing politics and religion. In any case, she’s not too impressive, and it’s my hope that she’ll quietly fade into obscurity as her ignorance and incompetence is slowly revealed to the general public.