So, I was out of town for the weekend and just got around to watching Real Time with Bill Maher from Friday, May 14.
I was interested to see what S.E. Cupp had to say since there seemed to be a bit of a buzz about her book and the fact that she was a guest.
My verdict? S.E. Cupp is an idiot. She may be earnest and have the strength of her convictions, but she’s an idiot.
The first alarm bell went off when she talked about Joy Behar saying that teaching creationism is child abuse. Ms. Cupp goes on to say that this is ridiculous, creationism taught as an allegory* is not child abuse, completely disregarding the fact that those who wish to see creationism taught in school are not teaching it as an allegory, they are trying to teach it as a “factual” alternative to evolution, or Darwinism. This, in my mind is nearing child abuse, it is teaching, with authority, something that is not factually true, and in fact cannot be studied, proven, or disproved. If the schools in my area (which I pay about 1/3 of my taxes to) were to teach this garbage, you bet I would be vocal about it.
There is also the pesky little problem of creationism being only one viewpoint – the Christian one. Once again, I would be first in line saying they need to also teach how the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe and touched us with his noodly appendage.
Ms. Cupp’s second attempt at defending her argument was saying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was basically about land rights.
Ok, I’ll give you that, but she is ignoring the fact that religion is often used as justification for the escalation of violence. This violence often starts with one faction trying to make a “land grab” in the name of religion. Or in the case of the middle east, believing that the Jews were rightfully thrown out of the holy land, or that nobody can claim it until they are pious enough to deserve it.
It seems as though she already has a conclusion and she is trying to massage facts to back it up, instead of amassing and analyzing data, and then coming to a conclusion.
Personally, I think she’s using the controversial fact that she’s an atheist defending Christianity to sell a load of horseshit.
*allegory (from Merriam-Webster): the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; also : an instance (as in a story or painting) of such expression
Creationism isn’t the truth. Creationism is a fictional story to try to explain the truth.