Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” watched as firebrand atheist David Silverman of the organisation American Atheists joined the right-wing conference CPAC to troll Christian conservatives with logic. A few years ago they were ejected from CPAC, so what happened this time when they threw him in with people supporting “small government and big god” was a thing of beauty.
In every movement there’s a “firebrand,” which is essentially a fancy way of saying a**hole. The militant jerk that gets people’s feathers all ruffled by asking them questions that make their brains want to explode is the perfect way to get an angry response from a hypocritical Christian. Armed with a table set up in the exhibit hall, Silverman displayed posters like “keep your theocracy out of my democracy.” He hit back against Gen. Richard Clark who said “there are no atheists” by outright calling the comment absurd and offensive. “Anyone who doesn’t begin his day in prayer isn’t fit to be Commander in Chief,” he read aloud to another man. “That is a very horrible thing to say.”
“Religion is a lie. A scam. A con. It has no redeeming values and it has no place in today’s society,” Silverman explained to the camera. He explained that the fastest growing demographic among the “religious” category are non-religious with 56 million people. Ignoring those voters would be a huge strategic mistake politically, yet it doesn’t influence anyone at CPAC to see the light when it comes to logic. “Stop saying, ‘Hey, atheists! Go away!'” Silverman tried to explain to a group of men.
“The conservative coalition, with its disparate components, has always been a platypus, stitched together with other platypi to create a platy-franken-pus,” an animation in the video explains. “Now it’s rotting at the seams collapsing into a festering pile of platy, frank and pus, feasted on by orange maggots,” meaning Donald Trump. “This oozing and tropic goo might present a nourishing culture medium for the atheists at CPAC, but many were unhappy to see them.”
Each person said they didn’t think the group should be there since they believe our nation is a Christian nation. One young woman brought out her passive-aggressive Christianity, telling an atheist volunteer, “I’ll pray for you.” His response was genius: “Ok, I’ll think for you.”
But then something amazing began to happen. Young CPAC goers started visiting the booth with receptive ears excited to see more diversity in the conservative movement. It seems “conservative millennials care more about capitalism than god-italism,” the narrator explained. They met up with red-shirted millennials from Turning Point USA that advocates for capitalism and conservatism among youth who seemed to be the only ones accepting of a non-religious message of equality and tolerance. Unfortunately, for the youth, as well as the other 56 million non-religious Americans, CPAC isn’t welcoming to the diversity message Silverman pitched.
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