It’s hard enough to watch MSNBC’s The Cycle because I just can’t bring myself to watch one of the co-hosts, S.E. Cupp… but she said something stupid (I know, I know, shocking) and it’s now online and since there was something wrong on the Internet, I had to fix it.
First, here’s just a sampling of her rant:
“I envy religious people… I envy the faithful. I would like to be a person of faith, but I’m not there yet…”
“Speaking of atheists, I find atheists — militant atheists — to be among the most intolerant people that I’ve ever come across in my religious-sort-of dealings…”
“I am not one of these crazy, militant atheists — and I say crazy and mean it…”
So what got her so worked up? What the hell did those crazy, militant atheists do?
Did they burn down some churches?!
Did they beat up a flock of pastors?
Did they protest a Baptism?
See, the Secular Coalition for America put out a scorecard for the presidential candidates and…
That’s what the crazy, militant atheists did. The Washington Times reported on it yesterday:
President Obama received A’s for accepting evolution, supporting scientifically based regulations and legislation, combating religious discrimination and promoting civil rights.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, received an A for accepting evolution and, in the “God, Faith and Governance” category, for saying he separates matters of faith from political leadership.
Mr. Obama got a C in that category, with the group citing an interview on “Nightline” in which the president said he prays for “guidance” in leading the country.
That’s what got Cupp worked up.
That’s not intolerant. That’s restating the facts. We have a president who takes advice from an imaginary friend (even if it’s harmless). I would hope the advice of his advisors carries a little more weight, but it’s disturbing to think that God is his silent partner when making decisions. Even if it’s a platitude, it’s a silly idea and the Secular Coalition for America is right to factor that in his “grade.”
“I find that to be abominable. That is intolerant. That is arrogant. That is not who we are.”
And, you know, there’s also the whole Constitution thing:
Sorry, @SECupp, we think our leaders should turn to our Constitution (and not the supernatural) for guidance when leading a secular nation.
— Secular Coalition (@seculardotorg) July 5, 2012
By the way, S.E. (can I call you that?), it looks *really* funny when you don’t want to do your journalistic duty and name the group you’re trashing on TV… while their logo appears on the screen behind you.