The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy? Why S.E. Cupp Believes The Liberal Press Is Out to Banish God
In her newest book Losing Our Religion: the Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity, Cupp makes a strong case against the liberal "mainstream" media and what she believes is it's quest to secularize America.
Cupp is a fixture on the cable news circuit, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN and the Fox News Channel. she is a nationally published political columnist, and an online columnist for the New York Daily News.
She's also an atheist.
So why would an atheist write a book in defense of religion? Well, perhaps Mike Huckabee, former of governor of Arkansas, presidential candidate and talk show host might shed some light on things. After all, he wrote the foreword to the book. In his estimation, S.E.'s thoughts on religion in America and the way the liberal press seems to be so bent on eradicating it "makes for commonsense conservatism" that "will irritate the daylights out of the lite establishment."
I'm pretty sure that she will do just that with Losing Our Religion.
Cupp makes some very good points. She writes,
"While the media complains that Christians are intolerant, narrow-minded, judgmental, and terrible people for raising objections to gay marriage out of one side of its mouth, it hurls insults and hate-filled invectives against them out of the other. The hypocrisy is so thick you could mop it up." (61)Losing our Religion is chock full of transcripts from cable news shows from Chris Matthew's Hardball, Keith Olberman's Countdown, Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC, Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Bill Mahr, and many, many more progressives, who have had more than a few things to say about Christian America. After reading her cites, which are filled with invective, condescension and near-hatred it's hard not to agree with Cupp's assessment of the media in America:
"The problem with this continued 'otherizing' of Christians--making them sound alien and fringe--is that it makes the media appear not only hostile, but uneducated." (70)Cupp systematically moves through the major bones of contention that seem to exist between Christians and secular society: Evolution, Gay Marriage, Hollywood, Abortion and Sexual Immorality. She takes on the double standards that seem to exist in the liberal media when politicians fall from grace. She also takes up the mantle of conservative media outlets that are often criticized for the bias, asserting that liberals overlook the same sort of bias in outlets that cry objectivity. She also takes some serious shots at President Obama, and characterizes him as a non-religious, opportunistic, Christian-in-name-only sort of fellow.
This is undoubtedly hard for progressive's to hear:
"Meat is murder [liberals] will tell you, but abortion isn't. Science is god, but God is junk science. Vegetarianism and evolution aren't value systems, but the secular press sure spends a lot of time trying to convince you they are. Real value systems are simply too much work." (89)Cupp's point to all this is this: 80% of Americans still declare themselves to be "Christian" (although I would argue that most of them hardly know what that really means), and it is astounding that the majority seems to be standing idly by while talking heads on TV, faceless columnists from the New York Times, and many others smugly seem to attack what should be at the very core of their being.
And here is where I start to diverge from Cupp. Conservative Christians are not standing idly by and they are talking. They seem to be the only ones talking, in fact. And what they tend to say is definitely worthy of the sort of ridicule they seem to attract. Cupp seems to be unaware of this and calls Christians out saying,
"Christians, if they care about their way of life, should fight back against the tyrannical media with as much vitriol and aggression as the godless Left is fighting them with." (38)I would argue that a very small, vocal minority of Christians are fighting back, and they are giving as much vitriol and aggression as they are getting. Cupp doesn't offer any quotes from Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and the like. If she did, her readers would see clearly that the vitriol is just bad from the Right. And maybe it's because Cupp is an atheist that she doesn't fully grasp the true message of Christ, but I am not sure that Jesus would have dug the whole "vitriol" and "aggression" approach.
And honestly, I am not afraid of Christianity coming under fire. The Church of Jesus Christ tends to thrive when it's persecuted. Besides, we need a little de-Constantinization of the Church anyway. We've gotten complacent, fat and happy. Maybe, instead of fighting back when we are criticized, we should ask for forgiveness and begin the humble task of just being the hands and feet of Christ.
What I will agree with Cupp on is the way that the dialogue in our country seems to have devolved into nothing more than horrid insults, condescending speech, pandering to bias, and many other wonderful things that undermine collegiality and respect. It was a good thing that Keith Olberman got fired. It should have happened sooner. Maybe if the cable networks took MSNBC's lead, some of these hateful hosts on both sides of the political spectrum would tone down their rhetoric.