As Newshounds Ellen reported, Sean Hannity praises Pam Geller as a hero of free speech while, at the same time, ignoring her extreme and very hateful views of Muslims. But funny, he didn't have the same respect for the free speech rights of atheists who, according to Hannity, are extreme and hateful!
In 2012, Hannity was very upset about an atheist billboard, in Times Square, which was erected by atheists during the holiday season. The billboard, which sported an image of Jesus, said "Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth" - a statement that encouraged people to enjoy the holiday season without Jesus, an innocuous message compared to, oh, Pam Geller's, website which once featured a picture of Mohammed with a pig's face.
In expressing his righteous Christian indignation over the billboard, Hannity confronted David Silverman, president of American Atheists, the group that sponsored the billboard. Hannity, who didn't seem to have a problem with Pam Geller's anti-Muslim bus ads which went up prior to his conversation with Silverman, immediately accused Silverman of "picking on Christians."
Hannity hit Silverman with his best shot: "You want to insult people. You want to attack them. You want to, you know, stick it in the ribs on their holiday. And you just want to be rude and narcissistic and mean. Why?"
Flash forward to 2015 and Pam Geller's anti-Muslim cartoon contest - an event that was, like everything else she does and says, intended to insult Muslims. Rather than accusing her, as he did with David Silverman, of being deliberately "rude and narcissistic," he embraces Geller as a shining beacon of free speech - something that he obviously thought that atheists are not entitled to.
Different strokes for different folks? Dare we say a double standard?
Ode to Sean Hannity
by John Cleese
Aping urbanity Oozing with vanity
Plump as a manatee
Fox Noise insanity
You’re a profanity