There are few people who irritate me the way S.E. Cupp does and I found her recent comments about how conservative atheists are so much better than liberal ones to be among her most obnoxious and idiotic yet. Chris Stedman pretty much eviscerates her ridiculous claims on the website of the cable network that employs her to make them. On her claim that atheists are not politically disenfranchised:
For instance, a 2014 Pew Research study found that Americans are less likely to vote for an atheist presidential candidate than any other survey category—even if they share that candidate’s political views.
Faring better than atheists: candidates who have engaged in extramarital affairs and those with zero political experience.
And unless she recently had a change of heart, Cupp herself falls in line with the majority of Americans. In 2012 she said, “I would never vote for an atheist president. Ever.”
While atheists are making political inroads, we’re also still on the margins in a number of ways. Cupp concludes the clip by saying, “I think our atheists are better than yours.”
Apparently they’re still not good enough to be president.
Bingo. You can’t claim that atheists are not politically disadvantaged when you’re one of the people actively trying to disadvantage them, despite your (false?) claim to be one of us. On her claim that conservatism is “far more…respectful of atheism than liberalism has been.”
Again, Pew’s surveys suggest otherwise.
While the number of people who say they wouldn’t vote for an atheist candidate sits at 70% among Republicans, that number drops to 42% among Democrats. (“Progressive,” “liberal,” and “Democrat” certainly aren’t synonyms, but there is overlap.)
Of course, conservative hostility toward atheists goes beyond voting for a presidential candidate.
Earlier this year, the group American Atheists announced plans to sponsor a table at CPAC, the country’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. But within hours, after a number of conservatives spoke out against their inclusion, they were promptly uninvited.
Many of the most prominent anti-atheist voices—including Sarah Palin, Erick Erickson, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich—are conservative politicians and commentators, and I have yet to hear many other conservatives (Cupp included) condemn their anti-atheist remarks.
Cupp is, as always, completely full of shit.