Earlier today, David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association and author of the excellent new book Nonbeliever Nation, did something many atheists have wanted to do for a long time now: He went on live TV, head-to-head with S.E. Cupp.
TIME FOR THE BATTLE TO BEGIN!
Hmph. David didn’t take the bait at all. He had a respectable, civil conversation and all the hosts seemed to agree with his comments. He’s ruining the epic battle I was imagining in my head…
Side note: I’m sure many of Cupp’s questions were for the audience and not herself, but I was surprised to hear her refer to the “American Human Association,” ask whether Secular Americans believed in God, and ask why non-believers would ever “want to rebel” against organized religion. As an atheist, shouldn’t she know the answers to those things? And, if she does, wouldn’t she interject at times with her own analysis?
In other words, how can someone whose atheism is part of her public persona be so far removed from what’s happening with atheism-at-large?
Right. It’s S.E. Cupp. I’ve answered my own questions…
(Also, how did the fact that Cupp said she would never vote for an atheist president get completely ignored during the conversation about a potential atheist president?!)