Calvin Freiburger

Thank God for This Atheist

Posted on June 14 2010 5:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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Objectivity: the ability to honestly and accurately discuss something without regard for, or even in spite of, one’s personal predisposition toward or stake in the subject matter.  You’d think objectivity would be the mainstream media’s most basic prerequisite, but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Fortunately, the MSM has S.E. Cupp to show ‘em how it’s done. Benyamin Cohen profiles the conservative journalist and pundit for the Daily Beast, noting that her latest book tackles familiar territory from unfamiliar ground:

Newsweek’s alleged Jesus bias is just one of many topics covered in Cupp’s new book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity. Targets include MSNBC, Katie Couric, NPR, and The New York Times just to name a few. She also takes aim at President Obama, calling him a “radical liberal… raised by atheists” who has an agenda with “socialist tenets.” With a foreword from Mike Huckabee, a glowing endorsement from Sean Hannity, and a regular spot as a pundit on Fox News, Cupp has become (perhaps unwittingly) the media darling of the right wing.

Which might go against type, considering she’s a Boston-bred Ivy League grad who just happens to also be an atheist. Yes, Sean Hannity’s newest crush is an atheist. (She likes to joke that he’s tried to baptize her at the Fox News water cooler.)

Raised a Roman Catholic, with a short pit stop in New Age Buddhism, she long ago left a life of faith. “I knew at a very young age that I didn’t really buy the whole God gamut,” she explains, a lilt of hoarseness in her voice. “I didn’t know why. I wouldn’t say it was rebellion. It was skepticism. It just didn’t add up to me.” This coming from a woman who wanted to be a nun when she grew up and just received a master’s degree in religious studies from New York University.

Given how the country’s most high-profile atheists make their claim to fame by sneering that “religion poisons everything,” a self-professed skeptic who says God gets a bad rap can’t help but turn heads.  But it should be clear to everyone that organized religion’s admittedly real offenses aren’t why the Left has declared open season on faith.  No, the Judeo-Christian values upon which America is founded need to be uprooted as part of the Left’s broader vision to remodel the nation.  The progressive dream of government-as-savior can’t be fully realized as long as people hold on to their old Savior.  It’s crowded at the top.

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