American Atheists president Dave Silverman simply crushed Sean Hannity. Hannity started in demaening manner and with usual accusations. Dave Silverman roundly shoot at him back, so Hannity just closes debate quickly. Basic Hannity/ Fox projection, to accuse different minded guest for everything they do regulary

Comment by James Cox on November 3, 2013 at 4:40pm

I did not see Silverman 'crush' Hannity, I saw Hannity betray his own journalistic integrity in the form of sound bites, sensationalism, and the inability to interview a guest without petty badgering! Hannity 'interviewed' Silverman, not as a man, not as a person with views, but as a steriotype of what Hannity thinks Silverman 'is'. Both Hannity and the audience still have no idea what Silverman thinks or believes, but what they 'think' he believes. If Hannity would let their preconceptions go, even for a short time, some real knowledge might sneek in, which is exactly what FOX does not want! 

Comment by MikeLong on November 3, 2013 at 5:14pm

Silverman acquitted himself very well indeed in the face of some of the most disgusting badgering I've ever seen from an interviewer. I only wish that, at some point in the interview, Silverman drew attention to some of these ad hominem attacks and said, "look, THIS is how atheists are treated in the US."

Comment by Kelly Nicola Loewen on November 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
@MikeLong very good point, not many people realise the discrimination against atheists.
Comment by Pope Beanie on November 3, 2013 at 8:32pm

This is only the second Silverman interview I've seen, and I'm impressed by how well he could stand up to Hannity. I remember the first interview I saw not going so well.

I wouldn't expect Hannity watchers to feel enlightened in that kind of interview in the first place, other than enjoying Hannity throwing shit at liberal heathens.

Comment by _Robert_ on November 3, 2013 at 9:15pm

Hannity: "I look at a picture of Jesus and you just want to rub salt in a wound".

Me: WTF? Hannity seems incoherent.

Silverman's idea is to get the closet atheists to admit their lack of faith is a good idea, however I doubt that many closet atheists are watching the Hannity show.

Comment by Noel on November 3, 2013 at 10:14pm

That was all sorts of freakin' awesome!!!

With me it would have turned to a shouting match or maybe even a knocked down drag down....

Hannity is a lying sack of shit....

Comment by jb2013 on November 3, 2013 at 11:38pm

I loved the reference to the man in the sky. It remindes me of the movie The invention of lying. Loved it. Hanity has an annoying voice. I have a hard time believing he has been on the air as much as he has. To me he is a knock off of Rush (how do you spell Limbeaughou) what ever. can't spell worth a darn.

Comment by Thomas Blood on November 4, 2013 at 7:04pm

Similar to Limburger but with a strong smell

Comment by James Cox on November 5, 2013 at 8:54am

Well we can't 'rub salt in a wound', if this refers to Christ. I think it is about belief. I think most Christians have some deep concern about the relavence of Christ, but put a happy face forward on there relations with the rest of us. This might explain their synsitivity to questions.

Comment by DJARK on November 5, 2013 at 1:18pm

Hannity: "I look at a picture of Jesus and you just want to rub salt in a wound".

I actually think this is Hannity's incomplete attempt to express his feelings of threat and violation by atheism.  Some Christians feel extremely threatened these days by the nonbelief of others, and they believe there is a "war on Christianity," which is Hannity's symbolic wound.  They believe Christianity and patriotism are intertwined, that America as they know it is in danger.  They are so accustomed to being catered to that even a benign billboard is too "in your face" for them.  Christians are accustomed to concessions for just about everything having to do with their religion, everything from the non-taxation of churches to the "In God We Trust" motto on coins, to crosses on display just about anywhere and everywhere.  They take it for granted that their religious views are to be respected.  Faith, to them, is a virtue, and anyone who believes in God and Jesus is automatically on a higher moral plane than those who don't.  In their view, godlessness is the worst thing they can imagine.  All Hannity wants to do is harmlessly and virtuously "look at a picture of Jesus," but atheists are out to keep him from it, thereby rubbing salt in his wound.  

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