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From reading about Cupp in her Wikipedia article and on leftish atheist blogs, I'd expected a strident, contrarian personality, but thankfully she is not at all antagonistic. It's a bit like seeing Dawkins speak after only ever hearing him described by Christians. I'm glad she's on MSNBC instead of some place like Fox News where I would never see her.
It's a particularly dumb argument because it's blatantly false. If I say I don't believe in God to someone who believes in God it doesn't involve setting myself up as an authority any more than his or her belief is necessarily a claim to authority. We just have a difference of opinion. While that can lead to conflict this is not necessarily the case.
I think this is all very promising, actually. To let the Christmas season become the property of any one religion is unhealthy.
And yeah, I do know what I'm saying. Christmas may be the festival of Jesus' birth, but everybody needs a winter festival, and such festivals existed before Jesus.