Who the Hell is Ann Coulter Anyway?
With all the media attention she has gotten these last few days I, like a lot of Canadians, have been asking myself, "So, who the hell is Ann Coulter anyway?" I didn't have to look very far.
The reason I didn't know is most likely that I don't watch much television and if I did turn the set on, I just can't stomach that right wing American political vitriol.
I'm not sure what is gained by making a big fuss about what Coulter and people like her have to say. Frankly they thrive of people who disagree with them.
What the hell, I say a lot of nasty things about Harper and his gang and no one pickets my house, at least so far, so why not go the free speech route. Let her spout off. The young Conservative supporters that brought her into this country just encourage the rest of us to take a closer look at who the right is in this country anyway. Most Canadians feel uncomfortable with what she has to say anyway.
Have a look at some of the things she spouts off about. All these quotes are from speeches, her websites, articles she has written and interviews she has given.
She doesn't like Episcopalians much. I can't imagine how she'd feel about the United Church of Canada "The Episcopals don't demand much in the way of actual religious belief. They have girl priests, gay priests, gay marriages. It's much like the New York Times editorial board. They acknowledge the ten commandments, or Moses' talking points but hasten to add that they aren't exactly carved in stone."
If we thought she didn't like moderate Christians what to hear what she thinks about those who follow Islam. "Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenants of Christianity as opposed to other religions whose tenants are more along the lines of 'kill everyone who doesn't smell bad and who answers to the name of Mohammed."
"I think our motto should be, post 911, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences" "Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim"
"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."
"Six imans removed from a US Airways flight to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether"
Although she doesn't mind making a few bucks from a speaking tour up here she doesn't much like Canada. "Canadians better hope the United States doesn't roll over some night and crush them. They are lucky we allow her to exist on the same continent."
"It confirms my idea that you also need more liberal gun laws. Guns lead to a polite society, as we say in the United States. And I think that all of Western Canada would agree with me."
I think the real question is how does this government justify letting someone like Coulter into our country to spread hate all the while denying entry to the British MP Galloway, who may be as much as a wingnut from the other side.
I guess to the Harper government thinks, right wing hate mongers are part of the A team.