Cupp is an atheist, and she's got nerd-girl good looks which she uses to get herself on TV so that she spread her absolute blather about how she's an atheist, she's a right-wing nutter, and she respects religion. Listening to her one has to quickly assume that she's lying or stupid, or some combination thereof.
Case in point a recent piece she did for the NYDailyNews.com, entitled "The arrogance of the atheists: They batter believers in religion with smug certainty"which is exactly the position that would be taken by someone who knows nothing when confronted by anyone who knows anything. Let's see what she wrote, and see if she's deserving of my vitriol.
After a quick story about her father's sudden born-again conversion while she was "in college... busy pretending that a blottoed discussion of Nietzsche over $1 beers made me an intellectual giant" she seques into her feelings of respect for "faithful believers and discovering that, no matter how long they'd been in the fold, many were still on a dogged quest for spiritual knowledge."
Right away she's establishing something about atheists that's not in evidence. She sees religiously minded people as on a quest for knowledge, but non-believers are what, not willing to learn things? That's bullshit and she knows it. Atheists as a whole are more knowledgeable about religion than believers, as recent polls have shown.
And it's why I decided to go back to school as well and study religion in a more meaningful way. It wasn't necessarily an acknowledgment of a higher power, but a realization that I knew little about the beliefs I had railed so arrogantly against.