Watchers of The View on Wednesday were treated to quite the caterwauling session when the ladies discussed public prayer after a group of women in Georgia were told to stop praying inside a private shopping mall. As expected, self-loathing atheist S.E. Cupp stole the show by out-stupiding them all, including the departing Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepard, who could ably be replaced by any one of these fine substitutes.
Here's the clip, if you can stomach it:
Cupp: As an atheist, I don't like to be proselytized, but I also went to Catholic school. But I also don't see who a prayer circle is hurting. This makes no sense to me, and frankly... the freedom of religion clause in the First Amendment exists so that you can worship in public without fear of persecution. That's why America exists, in fact.
It's truly amazing how galactically stupid Cupp's comments are, which further cement her status as the world's worst atheist. But more than that, she's also apparently the world's worst conservative. Remember, this shopping mall is a privately-owned business, and yet here's Cupp the free market conservative implying that business owners shouldn't be able prohibit group prayers on their own private property. It'd be interesting to hear Cupp's argument defending a group of Muslims' "right" to pray in say, a Christian book store.
It should also be noted that what Cupp calls the "freedom of religion clause" (it's actually the Free Exercise Clause), doesn't apply here. While the shopping mall is "public" in the sense that it is open to the public, it is not open, un-owned space. As co-host and former U.S. attorney Sunny Hostin pointed out in the discussion:
"The bottom line is, if it's a private institution, then you do have the right to say, 'Not here.'"
Additionally, Cupp's contention that the very reason America exists in the first place is so that people can worship without fear of persecution is just not true. If she means that the U.S. broke from England over religious differences, that is obviously incorrect. But even if she means that America was founded on religious freedom in the sense that the Pilgrims fled religious persecution in England in 1620, that is also not true. While the Pilgrims wanted religious freedom for themselves, they were entirely unwilling to grant it to those in their theocratic Massachusetts colony who did not share their puritanical religious views. And that's the exact opposite of religious freedom.
It's not surprising that Cupp would once again resort to defending the religious at the expense of her atheism, but the fact that she did it this time at the expense of her conservative beliefs about the sanctity of private property while simultaneously botching constitutional law and U.S history is a real testament to her intellectual incompetence.
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