It didn’t take long for the interview between Fox News anchor Sean Hannity and American Atheists President David Silverman to get ugly and personal. The organization has been sparking controversy for its billboard in Times Square that crosses Christ out of Christmas and asks, “Who needs Christ at Christmas?” Speaking on Hannity’s show over the weekend, Silverman then angered people even further by declaring that, “Christmas is better without the religion.”
The atheist organization President accused Christians of hypocrisy and said they were incapable of seeing anything from beyond a narrow perspective. “Christians need to start obeying the law and they have to stop complaining when they are forced to obey the law,” said Silverman. In response, Hannity told the atheist leader that he was “full of crap” and claimed his group was designed solely to try to offend people.
Hannity isn’t the only person accusing atheists of trying to ruin Christmas, though. Sarah Palin accused “revisionists” are trying to “take the Christ out of Christmas” and turn the holiday into a “winter solstice season.” She also accused non-religious people of being unable to appreciate the principles of the U.S. Constitution. She made the comments while promoting her current book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
“Why is it they get to claim some offense taken when they see a plastic Jewish family on somebody’s lawn – a nativity scene, that’s basically what it is, right? They say that it physically can hurt them and mentally it distresses them so they sue, right?” she said. “But heaven forbid we claim any type of offense when we say, ‘Wait, you’re stripping Jesus from the reason, as the reason for the season.’ So that double standard, I think Thomas Jefferson would certainly recognize it and stand up and he wouldn’t let anybody tell him to sit down and shut up.”