Popular Atheist-turned-Catholic Leah Libresco was recently interviewed on CNN about her conversion to Catholicism, and she dazzled viewers with her sharpness and charm. In the interview she explains the important role objective morality played in her conversion, which was also a prime factor for C.S. Lewis’ own shift. Watch the interview below:
Elizbaeth Scalia has a great roundup of reactions to Leah’s conversion where she asks an interesting question, why so much coverage on Leah?
“Perhaps the answer is this: Leah’s conversion goes against all of the prevailing narratives that dominate secularist thinking. Religion—or at least religion that goes beyond affirming oneself and actually costs something of one—is the “opiate of the masses” suited only to “bitter clingers” and intellectually-dim peasants (except it isn’t and never was); Leah is a brainy, sophisticated Yalie who is neither bitter, clingy nor dim.
Catholicism “hates women” (except it doesn’t and never did) and Leah is a strongly self-possessed, forward-thinking woman.
Catholicism “hates homosexual persons” (except it doesn’t and never has although a new apostolic letter might help make that clear) and Leah identifies as bi-sexual.
Wait a second…hold on, I think I’ve got it! Really smart…female…bi-sexual-identifying. Holy smokes! Leah Libresco has pulled off a narrative-busting Trifecta! She’s a secularist thoroughbred who has nevertheless won the Triple Crown of Cultural Incongruity!”