For those of you who don’t know, The Blaze’s S.E. Cupp is an atheist. She doesn’t exactly wear it on her sleeve but she never tries to hide from it either.
Nonetheless, Cupp made a fascinating personal revelation Thursday as she spoke with her co-hosts on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” about the always important role of religion in presidential elections.
The panel was discussing GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and how it has affected his presidential ambitions so far when co-host Krystal Ball threw a curve ball and asked, “What if he were atheist?”
Cupp responded almost instantly, saying Romney would have “no chance” running as an atheist candidate.
“And you know what? I would never vote for an atheist president. Ever,” Cupp added, clearly surprising the rest of her panel.
“You’re a self-loathing atheist,” Salon’s Steve Kornacki joked.
It may seem peculiar that someone who classifies herself as an atheist would say that atheism has no place in the Oval Office, but as always, Cupp put her bold statement into context with a concise and thought-provoking explanation.
“Because I do not think that someone who represents 5 to 10 percent of the population should be representing and thinking that everyone else in the world is crazy, but me,” Cupp said, pointing to her chest.
When asked by Ball what would be wrong with someone like herself representing Christians as president, Cupp said she “appreciates” religion and explained why the person she votes for needs to have faith in something bigger than himself.
“The other part of it — I like that there is a check, OK? That there’s a person in the office that doesn’t think he’s bigger than the state,” she continued. “I like religion being a check and knowing that my president goes home every night addressing someone above him and not thinking all the power resides right here… Atheists don’t have that.”
Watch the segment below via MSNBC and weigh in on Cupp’s comments: