2010’s Atheist of the Year Award

by on 1 October, 2010

Ben-Peter-Terpstra Ben-Peter Terpstra praises the recipient of his Atheist of the Year Award

In 2010’s Hitch-22: A Memoir, the atheist Christopher Hitchens writes that, “The ‘WMD’ question, as everybody hopes now to forget, was very often a rhetorical tool in the hands of those who wanted to leave Saddam Hussein in power. Attack him, and he would unleash the weapons of horror that he had wielded so promiscuously before.” He makes some excellent points, for people with French Alzheimer’s.

In 2010’s Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations, the atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali states: “Given the choice, I would by far rather live in a Christian than a Muslim country. Christianity in the West today is more humane, more restrained, and more accepting of criticism and debate. The Christian concept of God today is more benign, more tolerant of dissent.” 

Later she unapologetically adds, “Religious people are generally more effective than state-salaried caseworkers because they give more time, and when the beneficiaries of this kind of very practical help realize that it is coming from volunteers, that in itself is impressive.”   

But, I have chosen S.E. Cupp to receive this year’s Atheist of the Year Award. While, Hitchens and Hirsi Ali have written some explosive shockers this year, Cupp’s latest book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity was, without doubt, 100% fearless.

In Chapter II, Thou Shalt Hate Prop 8, she stood against the violent methods used by some gay activists. Indeed, Cupp reminds us that they had “vandalized Mormon temples and buildings in California and Utah and sent threatening letters and packages containing white powder to Mormon and Knights of Columbus centers.”

And, she bravely tackled the left’s silence on violence: “How many stories on the violence against Mormons and Catholics were featured in the New York Times or Newsweek? Zero. Not one.”   If you love bigotry, hang with censorship-first journalists.

But more than that, Cupp disproved the establishment media’s central thesis that President Obama was the messiah, answered my cheeky questions, and even challenged fake libertarian/atheist Bill Maher with facts on television, without once making fun of his high heels.

Noteworthy too is the author’s conclusion. “As an atheist I like to think that Judeo-Christian values form points of my moral compass.”

And while Hitchens admits to visiting/attending the odd shul and bar mitzvah, I applaud Cupp’s decision to challenge anti-religious barbarians, because the elite media’s silence is fueling violence. 

Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works are posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). He also blogs for News Real, the team blog of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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