Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God, Faith, and Liberals

The conservative pundit explains why liberals are 'godless' and why she considers herself a good Christian.

Awake

03/17/2013 10:22:32 AM

Crazy wrapped up in a pretty package is still crazy.

livesmalsi

12/18/2011 03:03:44 AM

Most interviewers of A. C. are not intelligent enough to keep up with her wit. (most seem to keep asking her the same stupid questions). I'm looking forward to seeing an interviewer that can.

ReapPaden

12/04/2011 11:15:36 AM

This too is a late entry and the point may well have been made already, if so I apologize. Ann Coulter undermines her own credibility by demonstrating her unwillingness to have a real conversation with the person interviewing her here. I don't know if I am reading an interview about her book or if this is a political fundraising event where the candidate dodges the tough questions with what they think is witty banter in order to seem like a jovial sort everyone should like. When you make the claims Ann has made and then totally dismiss any data that shows you may be mistaken, you can't expect reasonable people to keep on listening to you. Ann is dangerous in that she spreads misinformation. I think she does it on purpose to feed her ego. She clearly considers herself above most people. Just by listening to her or reading her answers here it is pretty easy to tell she thinks her words are bulletproof all she has to do is keep saying she is right. I'd like to see her write a book about how she got over herself but I'm afraid that one is a ways off if it ever comes at all.

Helpher7

10/04/2011 08:55:17 PM

I know this may be a late entry. but God is not going to judge us by the content of what party we belonged in but how effective was our life and did we know His Son Jesus. There's also alot of Republicans that are hypocrites like the Pharisees how Jesus said that they werre full of dead men's bones. Rep Bauchmann talking about our money "all" ours no taxes...did she forget about the Word? Romans 13:6 actually all of Romans. You guys bad mouth the President but read the last part of Romans. It talks about honoring those in places of authority. And that we are going to be judged by every idle word that comes out of our mouth. Every meaningless word that was not used to build up but that was used to tear down. That is how we are all going to be judged by His Word. So God let's the tares grow with the wheat...then at the end he will separate and be the judge of who is righteous and who isn't not us. So these Republicans that are racist need to REPENT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HATE YOUR BROTHER and say you LOVE God...So get it right if you are going to

Helpher7

10/04/2011 08:55:16 PM

I know this may be a late entry. but God is not going to judge us by the content of what party we belonged in but how effective was our life and did we know His Son Jesus. There's also alot of Republicans that are hypocrites like the Pharisees how Jesus said that they werre full of dead men's bones. Rep Bauchmann talking about our money "all" ours no taxes...did she forget about the Word? Romans 13:6 actually all of Romans. You guys bad mouth the President but read the last part of Romans. It talks about honoring those in places of authority. And that we are going to be judged by every idle word that comes out of our mouth. Every meaningless word that was not used to build up but that was used to tear down. That is how we are all going to be judged by His Word. So God let's the tares grow with the wheat...then at the end he will separate and be the judge of who is righteous and who isn't not us. So these Republicans that are racist need to REPENT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HATE YOUR BROTHER and say you LOVE God...So get it right if you are going to

sunyva

04/16/2011 07:47:39 PM

Happy Palm Sunday Ann! GREAT interview....THANKS for doin' God's work. You are sooooo... funny... love you're quit wit and love all your answers... Please keep it up for all of us! Wishin' ya' "Blessed & HappyEaster!" God bless~ Catholic Cathy.. tee hee hee

sammie1800

02/03/2011 10:22:42 PM

Ann, you make me laugh out loud..you know how to handle em!! God has equipped you for such a time as this and for such a people as we are surrounded with today. So good to hear an honest voice, that admits God as creator, and Jesus as the ONLY Savior, and that the warped voices out there are essentially crying out against Heaven itself. For those of you who lash out against Ms. Coulter, is it her no holds barred, right in the chest approach that you so despise, or is it because she speaks the truth, which you also despise?

chlip41

10/20/2010 05:39:52 PM

Amusing. Very amusing. As a phd in religious history, I cannot share the beliefs but I do respect and, to some extent, envy everyone who has faith. However, you do not have Faith, Ann Coulter, you have arrogance, you are hungry for publicity and you USE faith as a weapon. Moses? According to the Bible, more than six hundred thousand MEN fled from Egypt. That would make it close to 2 million men, women and children. At a time were no more than 3 million people lived on Egyptian soil, I think two-thirds of the population suddenly picking up and leaving... would have left some trace. I could continue with your other quotes, but, frankly, you do not deserve it. I am a conservative. I'm against abortion; I'm for lower taxes and spending... and definetly against idiots speaking on my behalf. That said, you have every right to say what you feel and think... AND you have the right to be an idiot.

Rational_Hypostasis

07/11/2010 09:59:34 AM

This is easy! Let me help Ann out. "SMOKE SOME MORE DOPE AND GO HUG YOUR CREATION!!!" When you get serious about knowing God...read the Summa... Our minds our only insignificant when we fail to seek God.

Frank_in_Billerica

07/11/2010 09:16:53 AM

Very late post Ann and probably will not see it but had to add a thought about creation: Humanity’s Limits The God of all creation is boundless. The God of all creation is precisely this. Creationism, evolution, the arguments continue, but is there any difference in God’s mind? What has the creator revealed for our insignificant minds to understand? Perhaps too simple, but it might be just this. We are spiritual beings in a physical existence that cannot be fully understood. For all the expertise of science, which might eventually explain this universe we live in, will it ever determine where it is? Do other universes exist? Will science ever answer these questions? Mystery will always envelop us, as it always should, the nature of an all-knowing God and his created. The humble part for me then, is this. The spiritual child in me embraces the wonder of a God who could create the universe, and all that it contains, in six days and rest on the seventh. The spiritual adult in me, embraces the wonder of a God who could create this universe and all that it contains, reflecting with perfect magnificence His profound power, and that He is timeless. To constrain God to either understanding attempts to place limits on God. The God of all creation is boundless! The God of all creation is precisely this!

ivanhoe5

05/08/2010 11:05:08 PM

This was a very interesting read, and the comments are most illuminating on how many are willing to judge Ann, and willing to condemn her views and opinions and at the same time tell her that she cannot judge. Hypocrisy is such strong tool of the great deceiver. I can also agree that faith with out works may be empty, but none of you know what works Ann may do out side the lime light. So many quick to judge, but as a Christian I agree with Ann on many levels, it is not the will of God that we mass murder the unborn and that it is not the governments job to try to insure that everyone is taken care of, this is only a vain attempt to absolve our selves of any responsibility. Any how Ann you go girl!

jackpowers

01/09/2009 12:11:34 AM

Ann Coulter is correct on most everything she said. She inspires hate just as Jesus did. Just as Jesus said His followers would. Thank you for speaking the truth Ann!

foxfroggy

07/06/2007 05:36:15 PM

Any comments Coulter makes on proper spirituality seem about as valid to me as lectures by Col. Sanders on the spiritual care of chickens. Anyone this foul, hateful, and cruel has no business evaluating the beliefs of others. If she's a "good Christian" I need to be something else, because the only Biblical phrase she calls to my mind is "Jesus wept!" Stupidity, arrogance, hate speech and lies, the stock and trade of Ms. Coulter, were not the last I checked core Christian values.

jacknky

09/01/2006 10:35:08 AM

I can't stand Ann because she is a narrow minded divisive lady, not because she's strong. I love strong women who have broad minds. This American finds her the total opposite of the principles I stand for. If you're a Christian perhaps you might want to re-read "Judge not" and "Love one another". I don't hear much love coming from Ms. Coulter.

americanpatriot

08/28/2006 06:19:57 PM

She gets under your skin also because you cannot stand a fearless woman contending for the truth and her actually being accurate with the Bible and what it says. It's not subject to interpretation by man and is infallible. "The truth is the truth, whether we like it or not," she writes on the last page of the book. I admire Ann very much for saying what she says and her conduct in the face of the hatred she receives, all along not caring if people like you and others hate her as long as she stands firmly and unapologetically for Christian and American principles. Ann, you go girl!!!!

LivingEZ123

08/27/2006 01:54:00 PM

Saad: There is a preacher who claims that Jeus merged with him and that he, the preacher is the second coming of Jesus. In this age of cable TV and the internet he has over 1,000,000.00 belivers sending in the money. His worshipers keep increasing expoentially. I don't really care that this second Jesus is more liberal than the first. This second Jesus says everyone else got it all wrong. He should know, he is Jesus. From the short clip I saw on TV he is a "feel good" Jesus. It was odd when a priest said that anyone who claims to be God is a charletan and fraud.

LivingEZ123

08/27/2006 01:48:39 PM

windbender: "being as insulting, condescending and malevolent as they can possibly manage to be." This makes good TV. Good TV gets big audiences. Big audiences are sold to advertisers. Ad money makes big profits. Those draw big audiences get paid big bucks. That is the name of the game. Ann Coulter is educated as a lawyer. She has the ability for inteligent reason. Inteligent reasoning dosn't sell. She is a fake at being stupid.

iane73

08/25/2006 08:35:43 AM

Anne's"Christianity" is sick. Same kind of pseudo-religious horse maure I grew up listening to from so-called Christians. To people like her, Mancow, Hannnity, and Savage, God is nothing more then a genie. Soeone who enriches and empowers you. To me those people are the true Atheists. True Christians serve God even when its not "conveient" or prudent to their own agenda. The people I mentioned don't quailfy.

windbender

08/13/2006 05:43:23 PM

One of the things I find most disingenuous about many of today's so-called and self-proclaimed conservatives is their penchant for decrying the deterioration of civil society while, at the same time, being as insulting, condescending and malevolent as they can possibly manage to be.

windbender

08/13/2006 05:40:02 PM

Asked what she makes of the religiosity of democrats, she cast aspersion on their familiarity with scripture. Lovely. And she kisses her mother with that mouth?

Onehunglow

08/12/2006 11:08:25 PM

Here is a woman that understands which side of the issue she is on, and how to debate her opponent. Her only drawback is the tacky use of labels such as "liberal". But in todays soundbite driven fast-food cellphone culture apparently that is the way to get people to listen. I actually like Ann Coulter and I want to marry her.

saadaya

08/11/2006 09:52:47 AM

Jesus was no liberal? Let's see: he said we didn't need to keep the Sabbath, there goes the tenth commandment. He said he was God, there go the first and second commandment. It seems like he did not reaffirm any of the doctrinal points of Judaism, only ethical matters.

acolytejohn

08/11/2006 05:43:00 AM

Jesus was no liberal.Morality and charity do not belong to any party.Long before man ever was chreated those institutions where chreated in the heavens.On earth man is supose to be the stwarts of these institutions but has failed in these days buy foolimg him self into beliving rather than actual beliving.

pauljames_us

08/09/2006 06:34:04 PM

This snip from the interview says almost all you need to know about Ann Coulter. Q: ... Are these people godless liberals who hate mankind? A: Of course not--but I'm beginning to suspect you are. I wonder how Charlotte Allen, an outspoken religious conservative, felt when even her faith was questioned. Though, I am sure Ann was just kidding. Of course, this exchange proves that Ann, who muses about whether a 9/11 widow's husband was about to leave her, can dish it out but simply cannot take it... Q: As a woman, do you long for that source of great fulfillment for many women: a husband, a family? Or do you see your life's vocation as primarily in the public arena? A: As a journalist, do you long to have a sense of decorum? Or do you see your life's vocation as primarily asking strangers utterly inappropriate personal questions?

saadaya

08/08/2006 10:50:38 AM

She's just trying to get attention, and religion is a good attention getter. But I honestly doubt that the historical Christ loves to share heaven with ignorant people like her, who with her hissing tongue belongs really in a gossip column. Christians don't express themselves like that about others who are different. How childish of her to use this rhetoric.

saadaya

08/08/2006 10:29:54 AM

Hmmm. Who was it that said: "What is the face on this coin? Therefore, render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what belongs to God" It was a liberal Jew known as Yeshua, or Jesus. He sharply criticized and distrusted the clergy of his generation and was very much against the mixing of religion and politics. Let's update this saying: What is the face on the dollar bill? Therefore, render unto Washington what is his and unto God what is God's

jimmyrow

08/07/2006 11:35:25 PM

Words that heal, words that steal. The speaker's heart they do reveal.

EatEatEat

08/07/2006 07:51:38 PM

ann who?

EatEatEat

08/07/2006 07:51:00 PM

she needs a few more pies in the face.

jkevinm

08/06/2006 02:32:39 PM

Ann Coulter is, without doubt or fear of contradiction, the least Christian woman on planet earth. And I include in that definition the atheists and satanists. Her writings are vile bitter slime that rely on the worst kind of personal attack and nasty invective in the the last 100 years. She is a living example of the problem, and representative of all the bitter partisanship that is tearing this country apart. Unfortunately, we seem to have developed a taste for this kind of mindless drivel, ( Reality TV is a perfect example ), and until we mature enough to recgonize people like this for the evil they truly represent, we will have to keep trying to mitigate their lying viciousness by reasoned discourse and honest Christian behavior. I will pray for her, but I doubt it will do her any good.

icantthinkofausername

08/05/2006 09:56:01 PM

Ann Coulter is a partisan hack. Michael Moore and Ann Coulter both are ripping our country apart by using fear tactics and preying upon people's hatred and distrust of one another. Our country has never been so divided before and it's the fault of overly sensational partisan hacks like Coulter and Moore. I'm doubtful that Ann Coulter has any sort of real relationship with God at all. She just uses him as a tool for her side.

hootie1fan

08/03/2006 05:01:03 PM

crownjewel82 If I could have one wish, it would be that people would stop using my faith as a political talking point and stop perverting it to fit their desires. ----------------- Ranks right up there with living ones faith rather than paying it mere lip service.

crownjewel82

08/03/2006 04:50:39 PM

If I could have one wish, it would be that people would stop using my faith as a political talking point and stop perverting it to fit their desires.

Heretic_for_Christ

08/03/2006 08:43:16 AM

PT, Even on the left, not everyone likes Michael Moore. But did he ever call for violence to be visited upon conservatives or Christians - either as a group judgment or in individual condemnation? I don't think so. His contempt has been directed at specific acts committed by public leaders who call themselves conservatives (and hootie1fan is right: they are NOT conservative by any definition). Coulter, on the other hand, has made group generalizations equating liberals with every vile epithet in her colorful vocabulary, and has publicly voiced her wish that violence will be visited upon them. They both have strong views, but they are most assuredly NOT equivalent to each other.

Daldianus

08/03/2006 08:29:50 AM

Ann Coulter is a clever marketing person. Nothing more and nothing less. Oh, well, maybe only nothing more.

hootie1fan

08/03/2006 08:26:33 AM

I am still amazed by the people who believe that proclaiming a belief in God and believing that everyone who doesn't believe in what you proclaim to believe makes the godless. One can't truly believe in God unless one behaves as such. Personally I think the war we started in Iraq is godless. Same thing for refusing to raise the minimum wage, voting to maintain a regressive tax system while cutting taxes for the wealthiest among us, turning our backs on the offshore tax shelters while asking the rest of us pay for it. I could go on, but you get my drift.

PakehaTohunga

08/03/2006 01:06:17 AM

Ann Coulter on the right is the same to me as Michael Moore on the left: I can barely tolerate either and I switch news channels when I see their talking heads appear. There is something phony about Ann Coulter. I have a sneaky suspicion that she may not be a Christian at all (or maybe not even much of a true conservative). Everything she says and writes seems like schtick; a routine that brings in the bucks.

jestrfyl

08/02/2006 11:48:45 PM

Anyone who would consign another person to "Hell" is simply tryng to make sure they will, themselves, have company. It seems that Ms Coulter is following up on Pat Roberston's "ANYthing for Attention" approach to writting (not even close to journalism or educated opinion). If all she can do is call someone names and disinvite them to a party she is not even hosting (or invited to?), then she is fairly useless and showing her impotence (or should that be infertility of mind) She wonders if Liberals (like ME) know where Job is in the Bible (OT, Wisdom literature, probably post-exilic). I wonder if she has pondered God's response to Job, "Where were you...!?" I kind of doubt she has read the book (Job, OT or NT - check out Jesus on Blessed are the Peacemakers) You can bet I will not read her book, or watch her on the tube.

WingedTigress

08/02/2006 11:24:04 PM

"I cannot speak to individual cases--only God knows who is truly following Him..." Ms. Coulter needs to put this statement to work, and not merely spout it to...gain sympathy?

rae-stabosz

08/02/2006 05:31:27 PM

I love Ann Coulter. Ms. Coulter, you are probably not reading this, but if so, you have just become my new hero. You have been one of my husband's heroes for awhile. You guys who just don't appreciate her -- read her favorite quote from Scripture. This is a woman who loves God and is trying to serve God with all her might. I hope she doesn't get reproached, at her particular judgment, for not being hard enough on her opponents. She is funnier than Isaiah or Ezekiel, but otherwise comparable.

Heretic_for_Christ

08/02/2006 12:09:40 PM

FutureShy, Following up on the "political pornography" theme, Coulter along with Limbaugh, Hannity, et al, all use the pornographer's device of objectifying and thus dehumanizing a group of people, turning them into 1-dimensional caricatures that merit no respect or moral consideration. In sexual pornography, the target is women. In political pornography, it is THOSE LIBERALS. Thus the irony: the political pornographers screech on about morality while they perform the greatest immorality of all - denying humanity to a group of fellow humans whose "crime" is having a different social-political perspective. Is there ANY moral difference between sexually pornographic depictions of women as sluts who deserve abuse and degradation, and politically pornographic depictions of liberals as malign beings who deserve deportation or death?

FutureShy

08/02/2006 10:18:30 AM

This earlier comment bears repeating: In a sense, Coulter IS a pornographer - in political rather than sexual content. If the difference between sexual pornography and erotica is the depersonalization and exaggerated intensity that characterize pornography, then the same distinctions apply to political pornography versus coherent commentary. Coulter depersonalizes her "enemies" and uses bizarre exaggeration to denigrate them - so it is not unreasonable to classify her comments as social-political pornography. Ann Coulter is clearly the Larry Flynt of political discourse. And I suggest her genre of hate is indeed an new genre of pornography.

Heretic_for_Christ

08/02/2006 08:13:06 AM

anidominus, It is your understanding of evolution, the age of the universe, and of science in general that is a joke. And why, given your biases, do you include in your Statement of Belief a quote from author Robert Heinlein, who was trained as an engineer, had a thoroughly scientific viewpoint, scornfully rejected scriptural literalism, and had no argument with evolution? However, we are supposed to be talking about Coulter, and I suggest that those who think highly of her should remember the case of Robert Tilton. If the name is unfamiliar, look it up - it is an object lesson in the need for rational assessment instead of blind trust in hucksters dishing out public professions of piety.

anidominus

08/02/2006 07:41:28 AM

By the way, When the bible talks about not judging people it is refering to the relationship that person has with God. It has nothing to do with stating what right and wrong is and pointing out when someone is clearly not following what they claim to believe.

anidominus

08/02/2006 07:36:46 AM

Excellent Ann, Evolution is a joke. Its like walking on to a scene. Seeing 1 white guy beating the crap out of a black guy while 3 other whites look on and assuming the white guys are racists. When the fact could be that the black guy decided to act tough with the wrong white guy and the other white guys walked on the scene just like you. Evolution is loaded with assumptions and as of late there has been the push to only teach it in school. I learned about the genesis creation account and the budah interpretation of creation whilst in school. There is zero proof of the age of the universe and the evidecne is based on assumption which of course means its not really evidence.

wilenz

08/02/2006 02:51:10 AM

Ms. Coulter needs to spend more time examining her own beliefs in accord with the Bible she professes to know and believe. She may find that it says we are not to judge others or their service to God. Also, that we can not serve two masters.

jdgravely

08/02/2006 01:51:41 AM

Anne Coulter, Your words are real and true. Maybe to tough for the average liberal, but the words of the bible are a also little tough for nonbelievers...Please always include repentance and forgiveness in your words and you will truely be da bomb........

zonmoy

08/02/2006 12:47:54 AM

If god is on the side of ann and the rest of the right then he definately is malevolent and is not only not worth worshiping but needs to be resisted by any sane and good being.

mbstruss

08/01/2006 11:02:31 PM

I will be relieved when beliefnet drops this Ann Coulter series and puts her "back in the box" where she belongs. She is after attention, book sales, and PR! I for one, would like to see people stop giving her these things.

namchuck

08/01/2006 05:47:35 PM

You make some good points, IIord3. It is curious that Christians rarely seem troubled to heed their God's word. They are forever judging others. Their glasshouses are full of stones, and none more than Ann Coulter.

llord3

08/01/2006 04:39:53 PM

To Ann Coulter form a Liberal Unitarian. What part of the Bible do you study? Certainly not the New Testment. I can't understand why the people who profess to be CHRISTIANS do no follow Chirst's teachings. Wasn't it Christ who said, "Judge not least you be judged." "Love they nieghbour as thy self"? It is so comfusing to me as a person that the very people who profess to speak for Christ don't follow or admit to any of his teachings. If I had to say anythng about these so called Christians is that they love the Old Testement because there is so much judgement, anger and hatred there for them to quote and use for their authorty and right to tell everyone else how to live.

Beliefnet_Tiger

08/01/2006 04:24:23 PM

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Heretic_for_Christ

08/01/2006 03:44:55 PM

jacknky, I find it difficult to believe that a well-educated individual like Coulter could believe that her own extremist rhetoric is realistic and truthful. Education is no guarantee of absolute objectivity, but her rhetoric is so calculated in its extremism that I can only conclude that she is willing to lie to sell herself and her books to those who salivate reflexively when she pushes their Resentment buttons.

jacknky

08/01/2006 03:38:41 PM

themadone, "Heretic heads down the path I intend here." Me too. He just says it better. I tried to make the point that with freedom comes implied responsibility. Heretic nailed it when he said we have the responsibility to be as truthful as possible. I concede it's possible Ms. Coulter is indeed being as truthful as she can, which carries another sort of sadness.

Heretic_for_Christ

08/01/2006 02:44:38 PM

Two more: Neither Jesus nor the 10 commandments specifically address homosexuality. Jesus did criticize divorce, and Leviticus offers a whole list of "abominations." Not to argue that the Bible is indifferent on the subject of homosexuality, but how do you justify the excessive conservative focus on something that is not even a willful choice? (Sexual activity is a choice; not sexual orientation; if you deny that, please describe in detail how you made the conscious willful choice not to find women attractive.) If monuments to the 10 commandments should be legal if not encouraged, and we keep God on coins and in the Pledge, are we not in violation of the commandment against taking the name of God in a vain manner and also Jesus' recommendation that prayer be kept private?

Heretic_for_Christ

08/01/2006 02:36:09 PM

Well, I'm a professional writer and I have conducted interviews (though on technical medical topics). Here are 3 questions I'd ask Coulter: If you think it is fair to make group characterizations of liberals as traitorous, atheistic, immoral, and mentally ill, why would it not be also fair to characterize Christian conservatives as ignorant religious fanatics who want to return to the middle ages? After all, one CAN find extreme examples in both wings of the social-political spectrum. Yes or no: Do you think America should be a theocracy with laws based on the Bible? Given that the Constitution says nothing about God or the Bible but does explicitly forbid religious tests for public office, what do you say to those who claim that America was founded to be a Christian nation? Not just a nation in which the majority of the population happens to be Christian, but a nation that was supposed to be governed by the Greek scriptures.

FutureShy

08/01/2006 02:24:54 PM

If I, personally, were the interviewer, I'd have tried harder to get Coulter to trip herself... but then, she's been at it for a very long time, and I doubt she'd be likely to be tripped. Apparently (I did not see it live) Coulter started to lose it when she was getting grilled a little by Matt Lauer on Today. I think she is overrated in that regard.

FutureShy

08/01/2006 01:53:56 PM

In a sense, Coulter IS a pornographer - in political rather than sexual content. If the difference between sexual pornography and erotica is the depersonalization and exaggerated intensity that characterize pornography, then the same distinctions apply to political pornography versus coherent commentary. Coulter depersonalizes her "enemies" and uses bizarre exaggeration to denigrate them - so it is not unreasonable to classify her comments as social-political pornography. Heretic, I agree completely. You have expressed my feelings far better than I possibly could. The depersonalization of women in pornographic videos and Coulter's depersonalizaiton of her perceived enemies in her books is eerily similar in scope. Well done, spot on.

TheMadOne

08/01/2006 01:06:13 PM

FutureShy and Jack (hi, Jack): Please don't take this personally, but the overt attempts to censor are not the main issue here. It's the nuanced, "but what about..." critiques the two of you and others offer that is the greatest danger to freedom of speech. Heretic heads down the path I intend here. In a free society, responsibility is a two-way proposition: those who would exercise freedoms without self-constraint; those who are affected by the lack of self-constraint. The moment you write a law governing any level of detail in this societal dynamic, is the moment you've lost control of the exercise of freedom and opened the door to its loss. continued

TheMadOne

08/01/2006 01:05:47 PM

Continuing: The genius of the Constitution is not in the definitions of power and responsibility. The genius is embodied in the notion that a government exists at the will and permission of the governed. The Bill of Rights is a negative set of laws, defining what the government cannot do, or must do without fail on behalf of the governed. I go into more detail in the discussion thread . I invite everyone to read and comment there. TMO

Heretic_for_Christ

08/01/2006 12:59:07 PM

In a sense, Coulter IS a pornographer - in political rather than sexual content. If the difference between sexual pornography and erotica is the depersonalization and exaggerated intensity that characterize pornography, then the same distinctions apply to political pornography versus coherent commentary. Coulter depersonalizes her "enemies" and uses bizarre exaggeration to denigrate them - so it is not unreasonable to classify her comments as social-political pornography.

nnn123

08/01/2006 06:11:20 AM

I think that it is very important that the sources we use for political debate are from people with great credentials - from both sides of the aisle. I don't think we should be hearing from people who write popular books, but from the Phd's in political science and from all the experts and professionals. I think open and honest debate about issues is very important, but we seem inundated by people who want to shove their views down our throats, rather than engage in meaningful dialogue. I think that liberals are right sometimes and conservatives a right other times and that name calling is very obstructive to our society solving its problems.

Oneoverhere

08/01/2006 02:58:54 AM

pretty much it seems that AC finds humor in her writting, and i can see the humor, and the attemts that do not seem funny to me. So, humor, it seems to me, is to some people to a great part exageration. I doubt very much that Miss C has really anything half so violent in her heart, but then, i don't know her and she'd problably really be pissed at me saying that. :-)

Oneoverhere

08/01/2006 02:55:32 AM

I was mostly interested in the interveiw posted here, and thought that Bnet wanted us to focus on that. I think rape is a pretty bad word to have used, and is meant to inflame, as she is obviously doing. I disagree with that word but the dominion part would most likely be in Genisis. I was not trying to argue any point about the bible saying that homosexuality was wrong. I was saying that those who do believe it says its' wrong, tell that to those living or backing up those living that lifestyle, not because of hatred as many seem to claim, but because we believe it is an act of love. if it is a sin then it seperates you from God, etc

FutureShy

07/31/2006 11:40:43 PM

"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" Would any of Coulter's minions or any of Coulter's supporters within Beliefnet care to share with us what portion of Scripture Coulter is referring to here? I'm not familiar with it.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/31/2006 09:56:36 PM

PUBLIC APOLOGY Earlier today, I said something that was unfair, and, to my shame, no better than the screeds of Ann Coulter. I described another member as being indistinguishable from and interchangeable with other religious fundamentalists. I am sorry. We are all individuals with unique qualities. Group generalizations are exactly what I loathe in Coulter's statements ("Liberals are all [fill in some epithet]"), and at that moment I let myself slip into a mentally and morally lazy position. For that, I apologize to the individual I had addressed and to other members.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/31/2006 09:47:52 PM

Namchuck, Faith is not at all incompatible with rationality, but dogmatic religiosity is.

FutureShy

07/31/2006 08:41:21 PM

Our Founding Fathers were Unitarian, Deist and/or agnostic. But don't tell that to Coulter's minions. It wouldn't compute anyway.

heddache

07/31/2006 05:45:30 PM

Let's allow Miss Coulter to speak for herself, shall we? Here are a few choice quotes(they're all sourced here: ) "In the history of the nation, there has never been a political party so ridiculous as today's Democrats. It's as if all the brain-damaged people in America got together and formed a voting bloc." "You say you’d rather not talk to liberals at all?" COULTER: "I think a baseball bat is the most effective way these days." "God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" "I think our motto should be, post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'"

namchuck

07/31/2006 05:37:50 PM

That should have read, "I'm on the side of..." Sorry.

ShoemakersChildren2

07/31/2006 05:37:31 PM

She accuses liberals of being "godless"... like that's a bad thing... :-) Given the behavior of the "godful" people like Coulter, engaging in smear campaigns against people typical of the conservative "if you don't agree with us you're not a patriot" disparagements we've come to know and love, I think "godless" is rapidly becoming more and more of a compliment. We should be saying thank you. Remember, in her last book this woman stooped to McCarthyist smears accusing those who disagreed with conservative policies on limiting civil liberties and increasing carte blanche power for the executive branch as "treasonous". She even went so far (get this) as to say that Joe McCarthy was right, and that he was the victim of a treasonous conspiracy stopping him from doing what needed to be done! LOL!

namchuck

07/31/2006 05:36:46 PM

On my the side of those who recognize Coulter's irrationalisms, but who on earth are the "rational people of faith, considering that reason and faith do not make good bedfellows?

Heretic_for_Christ

07/31/2006 05:14:22 PM

Juan, Welcome to Beliefnet. Yes, let's have Coulter as president. Then she can complete Bush's work in turning the Constitution into toilet paper.

Juan_Hombre

07/31/2006 03:11:32 PM

Ann Coulter for President!

zelly67

07/31/2006 01:42:26 PM

Have you checked out the godless poll lately? It looks like the liberals are winning. HA!

Heretic_for_Christ

07/31/2006 01:10:20 PM

The fact that Coulter is a hideous distortion of what Christianity is supposed to be, she is equally a hideous distortion of what conservativism is all about. True conservatives believe that government, as far as possible, should keep out of private citizens' personal affairs, and that America should likewise keep out of other nations' affairs.

Twinkelynn

07/31/2006 12:04:19 PM

Blessed we are, by Ann's wisdom!! Justified she was in attacking 9/11 widows, because, decency be damned, she disagreed with them. Ad hominem attacks from a comfortable distance are so much more effective than engaging in direct discussion of their views... How wonderfully Christ-like... And her logic!! *IF* the red states divorce rates are higher than the blue states, it must be attributable to blue staters residing in the red states. Bravo, Ann! That's almost as good as the claim that fighting the war in Iraq is the same as fighting the war on terror.

thoth25847

07/31/2006 11:59:12 AM

This is one nasty lady! I believe she does the conservative cause more harm than good. I consider myself a liberal, but people like her and Al Franken on the liberal side give everyone a bad name. Oh, did I mention, I am also an Episcopalian! I went to my church yesterday. Believe me, if people such as Ann Coulter, are allowed to take control, how long before there are no freedoms left in this country!

eastcoastlady

07/31/2006 08:45:27 AM

heretic said: Could this be an early example of what I have been saying about the need for rational people of faith to stand up to the fanatics among them? YES! It's like the so-called "Moral Majority" of years past; people who think counter to those speaking most loudly think they're in the minority and somehow "wrong". On the other hand, people who don't agree with what seems to be status quo have usually historically been the basis for needed change. Let's hope these types of people continue to speak up for what's right and fair.

steppen0410e

07/30/2006 08:29:21 PM

If America becomes a thoroughgoing theocracy in years to come (is not that where it is heading?), what will people like Coulter be calling for then? Will it be death to all homosexuals? No more tolerance for other religions? Will she, as a female, be ready and willing to assume a subordinate position (who suffers more the consequences of theocracies more than women?).

Heretic_for_Christ

07/30/2006 03:32:05 PM

PBFNav, Quite right - Coulter still has a big audience willing to pay to hear and read what she has to say. Of course, that implies nothing about the value of what she says - there is a huge market for pornography, too.

nnmns

07/30/2006 02:22:09 PM

"I think He would care about weather or not i believed in that." If there's a god who cares about that It should provide some solid evidence for it. The NT is the flimsiest of evidence because it was written decades after what it purports to describe, copied and edited by people with their own agendas including building a following, and parts were selected and rejected by an emperor for political purposes. And there were no independent records of those miraculous events it claims happened and likely no valid record of Jesus himself. This is a fantastically weak foundation upon which to build a structure and burn people alive and invade territories and call people or their sexuality wicked. But it has enabled Ann Coulter and Jerry Falwell and so forth to get rich.

PBFNav56

07/30/2006 02:16:36 PM

Shaner, If her "shtick" has worn out, why is "Godless" a bestseller?

tdwan

07/30/2006 02:09:05 PM

high hands and heavy applause for Ann! in this world of deteriotation and almost nazistic agendas(just read the comments and national news!) its a hugh blessing to have someone who has a high commentment to morality and the cuture of life. her success with her books and tv appearances shows us that God has to be blessing her. im a third generation european who has heard countless stories from family and friends about the "human" movements in europe and how corrupt and anti-human they really were. please, if anyone wants to debate me regarding christian history, email me direct and by all means, be able to site your historical sourses. dont just give me lies like "pope pious was hitlers pope" which is totally false(http://www.ad2000.com.au/articles/2005/sep2005p12_2050.html).

shaner

07/30/2006 02:08:37 PM

Coulter's charicature and schtick have pretty much worn out, I don't know of any serious Media that has her on save for MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, who is cut of the same cloth. She's hateful and tiring, and perhap's a Christian in her own mind.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/30/2006 01:41:29 PM

PS. If Coulter is a Christian because she accepts Jesus as lord and savior, then Jesus lied to us about what counts - because he taught that we are known by our deeds (fruits), not by the doctrine we proclaim.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/30/2006 01:38:52 PM

One, The things I outlined reflect Coulter's point of view, not yours. I just asked in what possible sense she could be considered a Christian or a conservative. As for the scriptural position on homosexuality, yes, I know. But the point is that you have to INFER that Jesus had the same attitude toward homosexuality as is expressed in Leviticus; but Jesus was EXPLICIT in criticizing oher acts, such as divorce. Homosexuality is not mentioned in the 10 Commandments nor in any statement attributed to Jesus. And Leviticus described many things as abominations, including things that seem quite harmless now, Yet self-styled conservative Christians focus on homosexuality to an obsessive degree that is NOT scripturally supportable. Hating evil does not mean hating people. Coulter's hatred of people - especially liberals - is a matter of public record. Her own words.

jacknky

07/30/2006 01:35:24 PM

Oneoverhere, Surely you can see the hatefulness and divisiveness in Ms. Coulter's rhetoric. She makes broad negative generalizations about whole groups of people, asserting that liberals are less "godly" than conservatives. In these troubled times we need to learn how to work together. Coulter thrives on tearing us apart as that sells books. "homosexuality is clearly taught against in the new and old testements, being the word of God, and thus the word of his Christ." If you're new to B'net then you probably aren't aware this subject has been greatly debated. It seems clear to me from the debates that there is nothing clear in the Bible about homosexuality as good Christians do not draw the same conclusions as you. It is clear from the Bible that we should stone our daughters if they aren't virgins when they marry. I hope you're not in favor of that because it's in the Bible? Peace...

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 01:05:25 PM

One more thing. About the poll. WOW. talk about your self fullfillment. If there was any proof that the view of this forum are biased then that would be it. And no..i'm not talking about the results, i'm talking about the whole direction of the question and answers themselves.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 01:01:11 PM

How could she be a christain? in the same since as you could be a christian. (although i doubt either of you would like the analogy) Jesus died for her sins just as he died for yours and mine. Christians are not christians because of anything that THEY did, its what God has done that makes the difference. Miss Coulter or you or anyone on this thread may not be a christian, but only God would know. I'm not even sure i called her one, but i may have. Thank you for your resonable response, it was much better than i expected.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 12:55:41 PM

homosexuality is clearly taught against in the new and old testements, being the word of God, and thus the word of his Christ. Warmonger? i assume your talking about Miss coulter. I don't know much about her or her veiws, i don't think you took me at face value or you just didn't read the whole post, but i am not really all that familar with her stuff. Better to talk to her about your complaints.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 12:51:31 PM

# 1. I didn't mean to imply that it meant anything to God that i called myself a christian, but since you bring it up, i think it matters to him very much, after all he came and died for my sins in order to save me. I think He would care about weather or not i believed in that. #2 I don't recall saying anything about jesus being a republican, and even about whether i'm sure i would call myself one. No statements about hatred, althogh you are wrong there, he did say to hate evil, (or at least that is what is taught in the bible in genral) so hatred is perfectly compatible with christianity, in that sense.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/30/2006 10:58:31 AM

Oneoverhere, Welcome to Beliefnet. My, what a lot of words to say that you like her... sort of. But since you call yourself a Christian (as if that matters to God), please consider this. Jesus was not a registered Republican, not a warmonger, and not a preacher of hatred. He said not one word about homosexuality but he blessed the peacemakers. He recommended that prayer be kept private and he warned against the religious triumphalism that now characterizes the Christian right. And he identified the two outstandingly important commandments as love for God and treating others with kindness and respect. So in what possible sense is Coulter Christian? In what sense is she even conservative, which means that, as far as possible, government should stay out of people's private affairs and America should stay out of other nations' affairs.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:29:24 AM

It will be very difficult for me to be brief, but I will try. I am a Christian, sort of a Republican (I don’t really believe either party represents a very Christian point of view) and I’ve not really read a lot of AC’s articles, books, or other information. I think it is interesting to see how many responses in this thread are very negative towards Miss C

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:29:08 AM

I certainly think that if you view how the interview questions were set up, and how at least one of the quotes from AC was quoted in the little “blurbs” that they have in bold print (if you know what I mean) was so directionally misleading, it is obvious to me that the interviewer was hardly unbiased. I am not trying to make that a huge issue, just to say that to be fair towards AC, please consider the tone of the interview. AC says she is a good Christian, yes…but that was half a statement. Her definition of a good Christian is being one who is thankful that Jesus died for such a “wretch” as them. So in essence, instead of the implication that she is some sort of phenomenal Christian, she was calling herself wretched. I think its’ interesting that many people commenting on that comment in this thread hardly seemed to have actually read what she said.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:28:24 AM

I see a lot of condescension in the addresses of the people on the thread as well as in the interviewers questions, AC believes such and such, so AC is ignorant and foolish, as opposed to really addressing what she is talking about. Perhaps AC should not have taken the angle that she did on the books title, however, I have not read it, and so I do not think its really something I’m qualified to comment on.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:28:08 AM

AC is famous for, I assume, political commentary, so I suppose it is a natural sphere in which she may choose to discuss her faith. I don’t have a problem with that. Many people in this thread have seemed to comment that religion should be relegated to the home, but shouldn’t religion reach into every aspect of our lives? It not only should, but also quite often does, despite our wishes. This is not to say that everyone need be outspoken about their faith in every avenue of life, (job, school, etc), but that should their job, school, or other allow the opportunity, then more power to them. And yes, for me, politics is one of those spheres of life permissible of religious dialogue & involvement.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:27:50 AM

Unfortunately, I believe the skew that Bnet has given the interview will help to give people who might find something interesting in the book a bad taste before they give it a try. The questions to me seemed a bit slanted; almost jaded. Obviously most people posting here may disagree with me, but then I suppose that Bnet has a good understanding of what type of people they are marketing to. (Marketing in this sense, is not monetary, I know nothing of Bnet’s mission, profit or non-profit status, or any of that. In fact I’m here from a link on AC’s website, as I just recently started to pay attention to some things she had to say. It only applies to what type of people Bnet knows visits their site regularly). As such, I am hardly surprised that AC’s answers were just as punchy as I understood the questions to be (perhaps the phrase I’m searching for is “just as pointed.”)

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:27:33 AM

There was a call for Republicans to come and defend themselves on AC’s account. I suppose I could give it a try, although what I think was meant was “you can’t possibly believe this, so come and make sure I’m safe from the insanity!” Or in other words, come and agree that this person and her beliefs are off the wall.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:26:52 AM

Quite often in the name of “Hate” we see the labeling of what we (conservative Christian’s) believe. In other words, if I say that there should be no such thing as gay marriage, I am speaking, in your terms, hate language. AC has been accused of this, however, I do not see any hate in what she says, so I am perplexed. I went and read the article again just to be sure, and the only quote I could find about, say homosexuals and aids, was the Bnet question about that. So she is pretty much, as far as I can see, being mislabeled, or perhaps the stereotype that the people in the forums have of conservative Christians is so strong that they just assume that something is being said when it was not. Or thirdly, she is being taken up with for views that she holds that were not expressed in this article, and as such I can’t comment on them.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:25:44 AM

As to the general tone of AC’s answers, apart from being, I believe, in response to the interviewers tone, I think that she was pretty witty, and in some places down right funny. Now... I know that that will get me in trouble, but lets perhaps give her a break. After all, many people have said things just as “mean spirited” about her as she did of M. Moore. I truly think that that must be her style of humor; perhaps you do not find it funny because it offends some of your beliefs, and if so I imagine that it could indeed make you very uncomfortable. However, please consider what “funny” things a conservative Christian might find to make them uncomfortable, and you will see while we have AC, many others expose views to which are the very antithesis of our belief, yet we are expected to live with it and take it all in stride.

Oneoverhere

07/30/2006 10:24:49 AM

I don’t share AC’s attitudes about many things, but I can appreciate a little straight talk about some issues that I believe as a Christian are an important part of our duty to think about outside of our comfortable home-life. I appreciate her bold manner, and am not put off by any marketing theory’s that have been put forward in this thread, (believe me, if she were into this for the money she would have a plethora of topics besides her faith to go out and be crazy about that would bring her much more money.) Altogether I wasn’t impressed by the presentation of the subject matter, the obviously biased questions posed to AC, and the general lack of true well-thought-out or interesting criticism on the part of those posting in this thread.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/30/2006 07:20:21 AM

From the NY TImes today (Sunday July 30): Fascinating story about a pastor at a megachurch who spoke out against Christian dedication to and involvement in right-wing politics. He is no closet liberal; he holds fairly standard conservative views on most issues - but he thinks religious involvement in social-political affairs is detrimental to faith. Result: about 1000 of the church's 5000 members left. But some of those who stayed thanked him for saying what they were afraid to say. And here is the point: Christians were intimidated by the fellow Christians, afraid to speak out against religio-poliical fanaticism. And so the fanatics - like Coulter The Good Christian - become the public face of the faith. And it took one courageous act to expose this situation. Could this be an early example of what I have been saying about the need for rational people of faith to stand up to the fanatics among them?

dplatt

07/29/2006 10:52:35 PM

Just a note: Coulter's seemingly non-sequitor question about liberals knowing which Testament Job is in is a dig at Howard Dean, who called Job his favourite "Gospel." It's one of her less endearing traits, which is to avoid answering a question directly by slipping in some comment slamming the left, just as she avoids owning up to the vileness of her comments on the 9/11 widows. But what I find most damaging and frankly evil are her comments on AIDS in Africa. What she says here has to be one of the most ignorant things I've ever read.

eastcoastlady

07/29/2006 09:53:33 PM

Namchuck 7/29/2006 6:29:19 PM I believe BillThinks4Himself is right. As a non-American, but one who has always had the utmost respect for the country - which I regard as the world's greatest, not because of wealth or power, but because of its culture and values - Namchuck, How kind of you to respect us despite our many clear faults. I am a first generation American. It hurts me to see where this country is going...

namchuck

07/29/2006 06:29:19 PM

I believe BillThinks4Himself is right. As a non-American, but one who has always had the utmost respect for the country - which I regard as the world's greatest, not because of wealth or power, but because of its culture and values - it saddens me to see it, as Bill suggests, 'regressing', much as the late Carl Sagan feared it might under the dominion of unreason. Coulter appears to be another voice for that unreason.

icantthinkofausername

07/29/2006 05:55:28 PM

Oh give me break. Ann Coulter is the absolute *worst* person to be asked to defend Christianity. She's the media version of an online troll, the type of person to say as many outrageous things as possible in order to get attention and $. I certainly hope that nobody thinks that SHE represents most Christians. From what I can tell of listening to her crazed rantings she worships politicians and political parties, NOT God. This type of person would do anything and say anything just to get attention.

mightymountaingorilla

07/29/2006 05:47:18 PM

Oh and I was listening to the Adam Carolla morning radio program in California the other day, and he made an interesting point: Ann Coulter has made a huge point of denigrating homosexuals as perverts and sexual maniacs. She says that there is nothing more vain than men and women being attracted to the same sex. And yet, during the same interview, she also said that she hasn't had a healthy, meaningful, or trusting relationship with a man since high school. Is it just me, or does it seem like she might be hiding something. You know, like when someone is outspoken about a certain issue because they themselves are battling their own demons. Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

mightymountaingorilla

07/29/2006 05:40:52 PM

American Taliban is right. John McCain (before he was trying to dumb himself down to appeal to the Bible Belt Republicans for the presidential race) said that people on the extreme right were analagous to extremists in other nations who committed acts of terror--they were "agents of intolerance" that needed to be kept in check. Coulter seems to fit that profile perfectly. She's very well spoken and writes persuasively--too bad everything that comes out of her pen or mouth is vile hate speech (you know, like when she says homosexuals are narcissistic sexual deviants that we may all become if we aren't careful!).

nnmns

07/29/2006 02:37:31 PM

H4C, it is disgusting indeed. Jews, atheists, Catholics and in places in the US no doubt Protestants have been subject to this kind of thing and it shows why we need to be secular in our public places and events so those of us who want to can safely and peacefully be religious (or non-religious) at home and in our places of worship.

BillThinks4Himself

07/29/2006 02:26:00 PM

As a nation, we are regressing. Ann Coulter is more than happy to lead a movement of hatred, as long as she can profit from it. She's the American Taliban.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/29/2006 11:31:56 AM

Today's news: In Delaware, the good Christians have been harassing a Jewish family for daring to protest against overtly Christian prayers in the public school. And to the boy from the Jewish family, when he said he didn't want to be called "Jew boy," the advice given was that he should give his heart to Jesus. This is disgusting - and it is exactly the kind of vile blasphemy that people like Coulter promote. We are entering America's Dark Ages.

redcarrec

07/29/2006 11:25:14 AM

(Post # 2) I guess that would sound more persuasive is I spelled Coulter's name right. Sorry for the typo. For a good discussion of the issue about the conflict between Western society generally and Christianity, I'd suggest reading Leslie Newbigin's The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. For a good discussion of how "modern" thought has pervaded the church, I'd suggest Nancey Murphy's Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism. For the record, I'm a recovering Republican who doesn't vote party line but tends to vote for more Democrats than Republicans because I think the Democrats tend to be closer to the Christian ethic on social justice issues. I'm highly critical of both parties.

redcarrec

07/29/2006 11:19:23 AM

What Couleter doesn't seem to realize (or doesn't seem to talk about--she's smart enough that I suspect she's aware of the argument) is that the "Godless" issue isn't really a liberal-conservative issue in Western society. Western political thought, both "liberal" and "conservative" is largely based on the philosphical tradition known as "Liberalism" (usually written with a capital "L" to distinguish it from political liberalism with a small "l"). Liberalism (with a capital "L") is part of a larger system of thought that is pervasive in Western culture and largely opposed to Christian belief and values. So both "liberals" and "conservatives" are in opposition to Christianity, although they may not realize it because they have a hard time distinguishing between their culture and their faith.

Cleo2

07/29/2006 11:05:56 AM

I am a first generation American and can only find one purpose in this discussion. That would be to allow a voice to be heard. We are Americans. We have more choices in lifestyles and religion than we do in our Politics. I believe that Democrat and Republican are more our history and tradition than who we are as individuals. And the terms Liberal and Conservative are used in both of these definitions. (conservative democrate for example.) My greatest hope for America is that when push comes to shove that we keep a place in our heart for others. Give appropriate consideration of pain we have not experienced. And judge others as we wish to be judged. Thank you Belief net for letting the many voices of America be heard.

TheMadOne

07/29/2006 09:27:41 AM

nnmns, Okay, I missed that it was rhetorical, but it gives me the opportunity to write: I sincerely regret posting the post that got removed. The free exchange of ideas is the only way to prevent tyranny. For some, myself included, Coulter represents a voice of tyranny. She must be heard loud and clear, paradoxically of course, if she is to be soundly defeated in her ultimate goal of destroying free speech for the benefit of the ideology she spouts. That makes the editors at Beliefnet guardians of free speech. If for no other reason (and there are several other reasons), they deserve and get my unconditional support.

ZanubiyaAhmed

07/29/2006 03:32:52 AM

Isn't asking Ann Coulter to define Christianity something akin to asking Usama bin Laden to define Islam? Notice that is there is much more political ideology then there is true spirituality in her replies.

dannyuk2

07/28/2006 09:43:04 PM

Well you have to hand it to beliefnet for giving ann coulter the chance to explain herself, one thing i did note- she raised a number of valid points, but sadly each of those points was outnumbered by trashy ones that just made her look stupid. to ann and everyone who believes in her tripe, i say "get a grip".

nnmns

07/28/2006 09:09:59 PM

themadone, that was a rhetorical question. And defending Nazis' right to march where anyone presumably can march is a little different from giving them use of a stage you own.

TheMadOne

07/28/2006 08:46:34 PM

nnmns, my answer to you is very easy: this is the United States of America, and we have something called freedom of speech. See also the ACLU's defense of the neo-Nazi's fight to hold a protest march in Skokie, Illinois in the 70s. I am the son of a Holocaust survivor, and I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. My late mother was also.

phoenix1633

07/28/2006 06:43:45 PM

I am a liberal agnostic Quaker and I do know that the book of Job is in the Old Testament. Seriously, this type of person is one of the reasons I left traditional Christianity. Too many mean people who are only concerned about children until they are born. Then they better take care of themselves.

mrmissy

07/28/2006 06:40:45 PM

Many Romans suggested that bad times were coming to the empire because a growing group of Christians did not worship the Roman gods. This is the popular present day thinking of many rabid right wingers and fundalmentalist. The only thing being is that they fear monger with the message of bad times coming if you don't worship with their brand of hate and fear filled religiosity.

Beliefnet_Tiger

07/28/2006 05:43:10 PM

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nnmns

07/28/2006 05:33:18 PM

TheMadOne, thanks for the offer. I see you haven't had any takers. I suspect the audience for that room would be quite small. You are right that it's a chance to point out what she is on a broader scale, and that is happening. It may be eye-opening to some folks who come here expecting to see her praised. Where on the scale heading out toward Hitler (presumably the worst example possible) do you draw the line on making a stage available? Clearly Coulter is no Hitler; perhaps she'd like to be one. She seems as though she'd like a lot of power and not hesitate to use it to hurt people she disagrees with. Fortunately she seems to be getting less power as time goes by, not more.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/28/2006 05:30:13 PM

Fea, Thanks for your thoughtful views. I'd disagree on one point, though it is off-topic: evolution is, I believe, spiritual as well as physical.

Fea_Istra

07/28/2006 04:45:22 PM

I would just like to correct my earlier post, I said that Coulter seems to think that people who agree with evolution are 'evil', I read over that section and she doesn't actually say that. I just assumed ;) lol. But about the question "why would a creator create tapeworms, disease viruses, and other bad things?" um...well we aren't the center of the universe, and who said that tapeworms, etc are bad creations? The very existence of a world means that there is a 'constant' environment; and it can't possibly agree with everyone's (different) wishes and still allow free will.

Fea_Istra

07/28/2006 04:34:29 PM

The main idea in Christianity has nothing to do with capital punishment, evolution, etc, but about the love of God and what Jesus preached. I don’t see one thing about that in this article. Jesus never hated anyone, even people who killed Him. Perhaps Ann Coulter is trying to incorporate her version of ‘Christianity’ into our society and life, but it doesn’t start with rules and morals, it starts with love. I think she has the wrong angle on things...maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t understand her logic. In the 'sins' section of this website, there is the following quote: "Jesus rebuked his disciples for leaning toward vengeance when they were angry, instead of toward reconciliation. When James and John ask Jesus, about the unbelieving Samaritans, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?," the Gospel explains, "Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village (Luke 9:54-56)."

Fea_Istra

07/28/2006 04:33:49 PM

Continuation: I'm a science student, and there is a LOT of evidence for evolution, but that doesn't conflict with my beliefs. ...what happened to Genesis being symbolic, or, very likely, a simplified version of Truth so that people can understand it? The Bible was written for humans, after all. I’m oki with people not agreeing with evolution, but she seems to think that people who do are ‘evil’ and that bothers me. I sincerely hope that one day, this woman can see past her hatred and see the true Christian values. She is saying what she believes to be the truth with hatred, but God is Love. It’s just sad that she is spreading her attitude to others.

Fea_Istra

07/28/2006 04:31:41 PM

:( This is the first time I've heard of this woman, and I am saddened by what I just read. She seems to be full of hate and very judgemental. These are hardly Christian values! I’m just going to say my opinion on all this. Political affiliations have nothing to do with being 'Godly' or 'Godless'. Does she actually think that God cares who you voted for in the election? Also, about evolution. I'm Christian, but I think that God uses evolution as a tool. Since God is outside time, I don't really see much difference between making creatures in a short time or a long time. What makes humans 'special' in Christianity is our souls, not our bodies, which are animal bodies...evolution is only concerned with the physical, as is all science.

eastcoastlady

07/28/2006 03:46:45 PM

supplement to boudicca01: Newsweek excerpt from Amercian Gospel, answer to first interview question: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12115352/site/newsweek/

jd70

07/28/2006 03:42:01 PM

I found Ann's views so ridiculas and egotistical that at times reading the article I thought I was reading an SNL script.

anniemay

07/28/2006 03:36:33 PM

It always amazes me how hateful conservative christians get if you don't vote the way they do. I am a christain and I choose to vote liberal, most of the time, I don't always agree on everything the party believes in but it is better than being a conservative. Some of the meanest, most hateful people I know, call themselves conservatve christains, Ann Coulter perfect example, God would never want us to talk and feel this way. By the way Billy Graham is a Democrat.

TheMadOne

07/28/2006 03:28:51 PM

You are invited to discuss the general topic of whether Beliefnet should publish the views of unpopular people on the Community Issues & Policies discussion board. TheMadOne CI&P host

orthodoxdj

07/28/2006 03:01:13 PM

The Government of the United States was founded on many principles, mostly natural law theory. Natural Law Theory argues that there are some things that are right and some things that are wrong, not subjectively, but objectively. That is a solid foundation for a government. Natural law affirms that laws do not originate with man but with God. If laws originate with man, then man can take them away; thus, the Founders believed that some rights are inalienable.

Premika

07/28/2006 02:59:25 PM

I see the blonde hair and pretty face, but I do not see the beauty. Didn't Jesus also say that not everyone who calls him Lord and does works in his name will enter the Kingdom of Heaven? And to judge not, lest you be judged?

Boudicca01

07/28/2006 02:29:14 PM

Article 11: As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion... Joel Barlow, Treaty of Tripoli, Ratified by the US Congress, signed by John Adams 6/7/1797. Ann Coulter truly isn't worth the amount of energy required to read this column, glad I skipped it and went straight to the comments.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/28/2006 02:14:20 PM

tinalgh, The "good work"? You want her to keep on simultaneously defiling both faith and patriotism?

tinalgh

07/28/2006 01:22:05 PM

Keep up the good work, Ann. Church Militant? I find the title of the interview very funny, I wonder if this interviewer works or wishes to work for the New York Times? lol.

NightLad

07/28/2006 12:03:32 PM

I saw a funny bumper sticker once. It read, “Jesus was a Liberal. Hitler was a Conservative.” I think it’s funny because it’s true. In Jesus’ time he was not only a Liberal, but a radical, love-preaching, peace-talkin’ hippie! He encouraged people to break away from their traditional teachings and to try something new. Hitler, on the other hand, um… did not. He held onto (what he views) as the ‘purity’ of his race, traditions, and culture to such an extreme that he wanted to exterminate everybody who did not fit that narrow view. Isn’t it funny how [some, but not all of] the descendants of Jesus’ followers deem themselves ‘good Christians” by embracing Conservative views, while [the vast majority of] the descendants of Hitler’s followers have become open-minded Liberals?

emory8

07/28/2006 10:56:07 AM

Who died and made her God.... Who made her the judge of all

Ron_T

07/28/2006 10:20:09 AM

There is some good to said about a few of AC’s comments; however, you must keep in mind that Republican Conservative spokespeople are expert at character assignation and creating division. They have won more elections on their abilities to impute an opponent’s character and also divide the voters. Recall the vicious attack on John Kerry and their own Senator John McCain. Remember, the November election is coming and the Republicans are worried. That’s why the attention to Gay Marriage, Flag burning, Flag displaying, and abortion is more important than the Iraq war, economy, jobs, health care, and National Debt, among other issues. It is all about getting the rightwing fundamentalists whipped up for the battle. Ms Coulter is just the beginning on the attacks. She presents few facts but a lot of gossip and I believe the Bible says something about that. Would an unbiased evaluation of the present Administration and Congress pass AC’s muster???

ChimbleySweep

07/28/2006 09:32:42 AM

What a disappointing, albeit unsurprising, interview. I am so tired of the extreme polarization of the political parties because of Christianity. I think Ann Coulter, as with any political talking head, does way more harm than good. Imagine if she spent this much effort trying to make a positive difference instead of constantly antagonizing people with different beliefs. I think people would be a lot more open to the message she is trying to send if she didn't send it the way she does. Usually the only thing I hear when she speaks is, "Blah, blah blah, I'm using big words to promote hate."

bunsinspace

07/28/2006 09:31:33 AM

BS"D I'd rather have a "godless religion" (to quote AC) than the religion of dementia which deifies extremist politicization. Religious people, like non-religious people, should be free to choose political views and actions intelligently rather than mindlessly following the brainwashing of their cult leaders right over the edge of a cliff like lemmings.

eastcoastlady

07/28/2006 07:50:31 AM

I will be overjoyed when the day comes in the U.S. that every single thought and every single idea DOES NOT fall within the realm of white/Christian/U.S. political and SO-CALLED religious culture. What a great post and thought!

eastcoastlady

07/28/2006 07:42:12 AM

zelly67 7/27/2006 3:50:35 PM I completely agree with everything Ann Coulter said. I wish I had said it. I'm so sorry!!

eastcoastlady

07/28/2006 07:40:03 AM

Heretic said: zelly. You'd rather be at the extreme right than the extreme wrong. How clever! Here's another clever one: When the right is wrong, the left must be right. Now you are truly clever! You just keep making me smile!

rermarkabl

07/28/2006 02:50:46 AM

One of my greatest wishes, regarding AC is that I could hear an argument by a conservative / republican / against her. I wish a republican could stand up for his own faith and recognize that she is in fact NOT a representative of Jesus. Her heart is ugly. I felt bad reading this article. Do I want to smite her? NO. I want her to grow up and get out of the limelight so she can have some reflection time, and repent, and ask for forgiveness. I would like that NOW, not, as she said, when she is at the pearly gates...... You can stand up for your beliefs and refrain from insulting the interviewer. Of that I am sure. Aren't you sure of that republican beliefnet viewers? Please stand up for your own rights.

greling

07/28/2006 12:18:44 AM

Well known "Christian" comments from the infamous Ann Coulter: * "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building." * "[Canadians] better hope the United States doesn't roll over one night and crush them. They are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent." * "I take the Biblical idea. God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees God says, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'" * "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning. ... They’re a major threat. I just think it would be fun to nuke them and have it be a warning to the rest of the world."

greling

07/28/2006 12:11:38 AM

Coulter was fired from MSNBC when she told a disabled Vietnam veteran, "people like you caused us to lose that war." She was fired from the conservative National Review when she turned in a column offering a final solution to the Muslim problem: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity".

nnmns

07/27/2006 10:34:11 PM

One could certainly ask, "Why does Ann Coulter hate America so much?" She's willing to split us, when we are truly at war, for money.

nnmns

07/27/2006 10:12:17 PM

In case this news hasn't been mentioned before here (I'm quoting from Salon, which you'd need to subscribe to to see them but it's a much better use of your money than buying a Coulter book): "Yes! Weekly, which began running Coulter's column last summer, said this week that it's going to replace it with William F. Buckley's. The weekly's editor says that evidence of plagiarism as well as Coulter's nasty comments about 9/11 widows prompted him to think about canceling her column, and that reader opinion in letters and an Internet poll pushed him over the edge." and "Yes! Weekly may not be the biggest fish in the pond, but Editor and Publisher sees a "pattern" developing: Over the course of the past few weeks, dailies in Augusta, Ga., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have dropped Coulter's column, and Louisiana's Shreveport Times is said to be thinking about it."

nnmns

07/27/2006 09:52:28 PM

Thank you, Bnet for "What a dumb question" But no thanks for Ann. She makes a bundle being outrageous and getting big money for it from the right wing conspiracy which does, indeed, exist. And which has bundles of money. Too bad you spread her divisiveness a little farther.

JTornado1

07/27/2006 07:54:43 PM

"We've done some polls here at Beliefnet, and a surprising number of Democrats at least say they are religious. Some 61 percent say they pray daily and 72 percent attend worship services once a month or more. How would you explain that? Just curious: What percentage of them know which Testament the Book of Job is in?" I disagree with Ann Coulter. It is possible for a liberal to be Christian. The late Christian singer Rich Mullins described himself as a liberal during an interview, but one could tell he had the Holy Spirit. He also knew the Bible well, probably better than Ann Coulter does.

Myrrh23

07/27/2006 06:17:10 PM

I feel sorry for HER, Petofi. She needs to read the New Testement over again, if she's read it at all. The parts about Jesus telling us to forgive our transgressors seventy times seven would help to cure her spiritual blindness. It's saddening that she's using such anger and hatred to padlock the door of her heart. Also, someone should point out that instead of smiting the people who hurt Him on the Cross, Jesus Christ said, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

petofi

07/27/2006 06:05:41 PM

I really feel sorry for any Christian who would buy her book.

kauko15

07/27/2006 05:20:17 PM

Actually, zelly, the Bible tells the Jews to tithe to the Temple in Jerusalem, it doesn't say anything about everyone else.

zelly67

07/27/2006 05:16:20 PM

dreamgyrl, I'm not damning anyone to hell. That's the last thing I want to do. As far as giving to the poor - like Coulter said, if we all gave our tithe like we are told to by God in the Bible, everyone would be taken care of. I give more than my fair share everyday. I do believe, however, that we need to teach people how to take care of themselves and not just stand in line waiting for another hand out. That hurts people more than it helps. It just keeps people down.

dreamgyrl360

07/27/2006 05:04:47 PM

Another thing -- Godly is not damning other people to hell. You can go to hell for that.

luthitarian

07/27/2006 05:03:43 PM

Political and moral discourse is in deep trouble if the best we can do is, "My position is Christian and yours is not."

zelly67

07/27/2006 04:57:02 PM

I don't know that Coulter's statements are filled with hatred. For years, conservatives have been bad mouthed all through the liberal media. It's nice to have someone on our side who isn't afraid to fire back at them. It's difficult not to sound angry or "mean" when we (conservative Christians) are constantly being bashed in the press and nobody seems to have the guts stand up for their beliefs. It's not easy to go on national television knowing that your going to be bashed for your beliefs and stand up there and take it. I say "you go girl!"

kauko15

07/27/2006 04:51:18 PM

zelly67, I have to let you in on a little secret: there is not nor has ever been one definition of what a 'real' Christian is or what they believe/ where they must stand politically. The Bible only speaks clearly on certain issues in your own mind and the minds of people like AC, in truth there is much ambiguity in its pages. And as has been stated ad nauseum on many of these message boards, the Bible/ your version of Christianity are not what govern this country and should play no role in deciding its laws.

Heretic_for_Christ

07/27/2006 04:40:03 PM

zelly. You'd rather be at the extreme right than the extreme wrong. How clever! Here's another clever one: When the right is wrong, the left must be right. Okay, now that we have exchanged bon mots, I must say that you are entitled to believe what you wish - but while you question the "Christian credentials" of liberals, I would have to question the sincerity of a self-styled Christian like Coulter, whose every statement is filled with hatred and the hope for violence to be visited upon anyone who thinks differently than her.

mlyons619

07/27/2006 04:00:26 PM

Ann Coulter does not necessarily represent MY opinion and I am a Christian. While Coulter may represent the extreme right, Ron Dreher, the "Crunchy Con" better represents the mainstream conservative viewpoint.

zelly67

07/27/2006 03:50:35 PM

I completely agree with everything Ann Coulter said. I wish I had said it. She's a very intelligent women who is standing up for what Christians ought to be standing up for. More power to her. I agree that liberals are godless (in a Christian sense). How can you go to church, profess to be a Christian and believe that it's o.k. to kill unborn children and marry your gay lover? The Bible clearly tells us that these things are an abomination to God. Yet these are the things that liberals stand for. I used to think that my views and politics were middle of the road, but now I'm seeing that I must be extreme right. That's fine, you can't sit on the fence. You need to make a stand like Ms. Coulter has. I would much rather be on the far right side of the fence than on the far WRONG side.

silver_shadows

07/27/2006 03:23:35 PM

BNet is presenting a side to an argument. This site doesn't just post what it believes in ... it isn't about promoting one side over the other, or even about peace and unity. It's about dialogue. Whatever one may think about this article, you'll notice it does have people talking. I, personally, forget sometimes that are truly and seriously people like Coulter out there - whether she's just doing it for the money or whatever - and I need to. We need to. If you agree with her, it's inspiring. If you don't agree with her, it's feuling (hopefully). In any case, if you don't want to read an article like this, you probably should have been warned by the title. Or at least the summary. Don't waste your time.

thefish

07/27/2006 03:01:59 PM

I also know that Job is in the OT. Also, her view on the death penalty really puzzles me...wasn't that exactly what happened to Jesus? And he's not the only one killed for his view or killed having never committed a crime. Happens all the time with our judicial system, that is, innocent people are put to death. In other countries people are killed for their view...TG that hasn't happened here...at least recently... Peace <

Lolobug

07/27/2006 02:40:06 PM

My goodness, this woman hates a lot of people, and that certainy doesnt fit love thy neighbor, respect all life and the dignity of each person. Because, let's face it, you cant talk to the interviewer or talk about someone (like she did of Michael Moore) and believe in the dignity of all human beings. Its called the consistent ethic of life-if you care about the death of fetuses, why wouldnt you care about the guy on deaht row, assistance for the poor, etc. I am surprised people think this was a low move for BNet to cover since it seems to be all about reporting on all facets of religion. and this is especially good because no one has talked like this before.

Lostsocks

07/27/2006 02:13:05 PM

*shrugs* we are intelligent people, we can read and reject her arguments, I don't think Beliefnet has done any harm by putting her interview up, its not like they support her.

QuankedAngel

07/27/2006 01:49:11 PM

A question and an observation: Didn't AC read the part where Jesus said to judge not lest you are also judged? Observation: I don't think many Jews would be happy to be lumped under her convenient term for Christian (which, technically, means a follower of Christ, which, by definition excludes JC -- if he was a real figure). Also, Muslims are included as one fo the Abrahamic faiths -- I wonder if AC realizes this.

iane73

07/27/2006 01:43:18 PM

First, Even though I agree with much of Ann's critics are saying, I wish there was more support for her in this comment thread. Opion seems to be a little heavy on one side. I'd like to hear someone's defense. Second, Ann if it wasn't for those "Godless" liberals, you wouldn't have a job. Finally, Even though I agree with a fair bit that the right says, some of the most Godly, sincere Christians were themselves Deomcrats. These were people who contantly asked "How can I *give* more. Not how can I *get* more"

Landon_Fox

07/27/2006 01:34:39 PM

Click this instead.

Landon_Fox

07/27/2006 01:34:03 PM

I decided to fact-check Ms. Coulter. So I did a quick google search. This is the first thing that came up. Men were more against abortion than women.

watsy

07/27/2006 01:17:29 PM

The only thing that conflicts with the religion of liberalism is her religion of conservativism. Maybe someday she'll get to know the Christ within her- then she'll be able to distinguish Christianity from politics. BTW- Job is in the OT. I didn't have to look it up. The only advice that I can give to Ms Coulter is to stick to the letters in red and try to figure out what it all means. If you read them and feel hatred for others then you need to keep praying.

dreamgyrl360

07/27/2006 12:35:04 PM

By the way, I have a coworker who is very conservative and he is an athiest. I suppose he should be smited too, then.

dreamgyrl360

07/27/2006 12:32:31 PM

You know what's Godly? Caring for the poor. In the Bible it states that there will ALWAYS be poor people and that it is our obligation to care for them. And yet, "Conservatives" believe we should all pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine is wicked. What's mine is mine and what's yours is yours -- although it seems to be the average person's state of mind -- is actually what the Talmud says "the characteristic of Sodom". A "What's mine is mine and what's yours is yours" frame of mind is what got Sodom smited, not any level of homosexuality. You know what's considered righteous? "What's yours is yours and what's mine is yours". So yes, there's a REASON why I'm a liberal and VERY in touch with both God and the Messiah.

sagenav

07/27/2006 12:26:39 PM

I just read an article the other day about how conservative newpapers are cutting her columns because her rantings have become too off-the-wall and just plain looney.

tmaster1

07/27/2006 12:17:10 PM

I will be overjoyed when the day comes in the U.S. that every single thought and every single idea DOES NOT fall within the realm of white/Christian/U.S. political and SO-CALLED religious culture. It is SO tiring and DULL to witness, all of my life, that people cannot create, or adopt, an INDEPENDENT frame of reference other than white, so-called "Judeo-Christian," so-called "liberal" or "conservative." PLEASE!! There's an entire WORLD out here! I would think that people who remain within that frame of reference would get dog-tired of watching THEMSELVES and ONLY themselves, OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Is anyone paying any attention to how Europeans [IN EUROPE] think!? Read Jeremey Rifkin's, "The European Dream." Or what about how CHINESE, or INDIANS view things. Sheesh!! Such arrogance is tiring behind words.

sagenav

07/27/2006 11:53:00 AM

Didn't Coulter also say that the United States should convert everyone in the Middle East to Christianity and kill all those who refuse? These Right Wingers sure have a strange version of Christianity.

runegurl

07/27/2006 11:32:15 AM

*yawn* same old boring ann. same old boring rants. same old boring stuff. why on earth is bnet giving her yet another forum to spew her b.s. unchallenged? doesn't she get enough of that in the mainstream media? spare us, please. rune

Long-Tailed_Cat

07/27/2006 11:03:53 AM

Good, Michael Moore deserves to be insulted.

eastcoastlady

07/27/2006 11:00:14 AM

She is the Right's version of Michael Moore That's insulting to Michael Moore.

sagenav

07/27/2006 10:59:45 AM

So answer me this, why is it outrageous when that UC professor calls the 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns", but not so when Coulter calls the wives of the victims "witches" and says that they are purposefully trying to profit from their husbands deaths?

eastcoastlady

07/27/2006 10:39:31 AM

We've done some polls here at Beliefnet, and a surprising number of Democrats at least say they are religious. I find this question insulting.

b-baggins

07/27/2006 10:38:02 AM

What a breath of fresh air. No diplospeak, no meaningless pap, and no excusing stupidity. Now you know why its called a sharp wit.

sara41

07/27/2006 10:26:35 AM

I ran across some interesting information about voter fraud reportedly involving Ms. Coulter using a wrong address to register to vote in Florida. The Story Link It seems a lot of ethics issues revolve around the lady. Sad.

ksw

07/27/2006 10:24:25 AM

How utterly, sadly vapid. Who is Ann Coulter, anyway?

akbusch

07/27/2006 10:00:00 AM

BTW, I have to believe she was kidding with her comment about praying for God to smite liberals. Whether or not one thinks it's funny, well....

filmalicia

07/27/2006 09:58:00 AM

Does anyone remember the SNL character "Wendy Whiner"? Coulter would be the perfect candidate to fulfill the role. She is the Right's version of Michael Moore.

akbusch

07/27/2006 09:57:53 AM

What Ann doesn't seem to want to talk about is the fact that she owes the fact that she has a public voice to liberalism, to brave women who refused to accept the status quo or to stay where men put them. Anyway, I've thought for a long time that Ann and those who think like her are actually quite unpatriotic. She doesn't love America, I don't think. She loves what she thinks America should be, not America as she really is--conservative, liberal, religious, freethinking, Christian, Muslim, agnostic, and so on--wildly diverse.

akbusch

07/27/2006 09:47:06 AM

Seriously though, what unmitigated hypocrisy! In the past, she has referred to liberal women as "fragrant" and "hirsute". On Bill Maher's "Real Time" (those two are close friends--figure that one out!) she called a liberal panel member Osama Bin Laden. That's what kills me about people like her; they see no problem with ad hominem arguments and cruel personal attacks, but they get good'n'nasty at the least suggestion of anyone getting personal with them. Ms. Allen's question was somewhat personal, yes, but in the context of the interview, not really inapproriate. Coulter's attack in response was, IMO, what was inappropriate. "That's a personal matter and I'd rather not answer that question," would have served just fine. Apparently she's missed where it says, in Proverbs 15:1, "A gentle answer turns away wrath...."

Ishie-1013

07/27/2006 09:39:40 AM

Eh, I can't believe people are impressed either way by this woman. She's a generic hate-spewing pundit who makes the best seller list because she's adorable. She's Pat Robertson in an Ally McBeal mini saying things that stand in contrast to her cutesy appearence so everyone is both shocked and delighted to hear what little Annie has to say next. She's laughing all the way to the bank, I'm sure, but this angry little pot stirrer is just the conservative equivalent to Madonna's late 80s persona. Everyone enjoys being oh-so-shocked by her. Is she smart? Sure, so's Madonna, and both figured out that using your mind is not half as profitable as getting people worked up over nothing. Wake me when her 15 minutes of fame are up and a new "controversial woman who's not afraid to speak her mind" is the latest hot ticket item, as if such a tactic were in any way unique or made her in any way special.

akbusch

07/27/2006 09:33:47 AM

"As a journalist, do you long to have a sense of decorum? Or do you see your life's vocation as primarily asking strangers utterly inappropriate personal questions?" Touchy, touchy!

joelhrobbins

07/27/2006 08:57:40 AM

I really wish that the interviewer asked her what church she tithed to - it has to be grateful for 10% of what must be a sizeable income - and I am sure she tithes since she made such a point of it.

slash_ky

07/27/2006 08:29:31 AM

What theology degrees does Ann Coulter hold? (none) What seminary did she attend? (none) What denomination does she belong to? (never says) Does she even attend a church? (again...she doesn't say) Why on earth would anyone consider this woman an authority on theology/religion???

BbLongHorn

07/27/2006 08:23:37 AM

Whatever happened to love your neighbor? This woman has clearly missed something fundamental about the faith she (appears) to advocate.

joelhrobbins

07/27/2006 07:01:36 AM

travestine says: What angers me most about AC is not her position but her hypocrisy. I do not believe for one second that she believes anything she says or writes. She does what she does for effect - like stirring up an anthill just to watching the insects scurry. It's her insincerity just for the sake of notoriety and a quick buck that annoy the h*ll out me. She's a master of marketing - the blond hair, miniskirts and ice princess nastiness - it's all a carefully-crafter persona and she's laughing all the way to bank. And I couldn't agree more. Also, I wonder if on the way to the bank, she drops off 10% to her coven/church.

sara41

07/27/2006 06:48:40 AM

Hate makes her a lot of money, plain and simple. You can play to the goodness in humankind and attract those that believe in God's universal truths... Love God, Love your neighbor, and Live with Honor. You can play to the evil in humankind and attract those that beleive God is a tyrant that hates everybody just like they do. The bottom line is her hate increases her bottom line. The Beattitudes would cost her a lot of money so don't expect her to embrace them.

Runecaster95

07/27/2006 06:37:55 AM

In one answer Ms. Coulter appears to put her own book on the same level as the Bible. Hmm...no.

BillThinks4Himself

07/27/2006 04:54:46 AM

Someone get a hook. This woman's fifteen minutes are up.

hopewithoutdogma

07/27/2006 04:08:30 AM

Is this real? I'm from the UK and I find it hard to believe this isn't some kind of satire.

greling

07/27/2006 03:08:56 AM

Which morals decide this country? Yours? Mine? Members of Congress? What happens when people disagree? Would you say that the laws that said that my people had to stay in shackles or use seprate water fountains somehow constituted signs of morality? What is the law apart from personal prejudice or moralizing?

greling

07/27/2006 02:18:27 AM

It it discrimination to fire someone over their religion? I think it's no more discrimination to firing someone over their sexual orientation. Only difference is that personal religion has no evidence of being biological and is 100% a lifestyle choice.

greling

07/27/2006 02:16:26 AM

I don't think ANYONE should have the right to marry someone of the same sex. I'm not discriminating. I don't think ANYONE's religion should get preference over others. My religion and church allow for same-sex couples. Oh, you must be one of those for selective application for the First Amendment... whenever it favors yourself.

greling

07/27/2006 02:14:47 AM

Maragaret Sanger must be happy. She wanted to destroy the black race. She's succeeding through abortion. No, HIV/AIDS rates surpassed that with Ronald Regan's silence on the epidemic. The punitive "War on Drugs", reduction in funding for Head Start and child day care programs, and Reganomics also helped. Ever wonder why most black folks vote Democrat? It's definitely not because of aborted 1st trimester fetuses. It's because of crap like slow response to Katrina. Crap that drives stuff like the L.A. riots. Liberals don't give you a bowl at the soup kitchen and make you have to pay them back in interest. Liberals don't sell your student loan to private creditors or send your kids to die in an illegal war.

orthodoxdj

07/27/2006 02:10:51 AM

I don't think ANYONE should have the right to marry someone of the same sex. I'm not discriminating.

greling

07/27/2006 02:09:26 AM

How can one BOTH believe that God made humans to be unique as male and female AND support "marriage" amongst same-sex couples? How can one call themselves a Christian or American and not support EQUAL RIGHTS and DIGNITY for all human beings apart from personal religious bigorty?

greling

07/27/2006 01:56:25 AM

"Church Militant" Ann Coulter must really HATE liberals. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Albert Einstein must drive her nuts with their strong push for the world to be upwardly mobile and respectful of all human beings. Come to think of it, Jesus Christ was not a liberal, but a radical, something further left than even for the people of this time. She probably hates him too, considering that she hasn't bothered to adhere to his most basic command: love thy neighbor as thyself. Perhaps Ann and her followers will one day realize that the real "godless" folks are the ones who sell-out their integrity and prostitute their souls for book deals and a few bucks to talk on prime time.

orthodoxdj

07/27/2006 01:41:51 AM

To Ann's credit she does not condemn everyone who disagress with her. She saus outright that she doesn't know what's in people's hearts. She is speaking up about issues that hurt people. Abortion hurts people: the mother, the father, the baby. Darwinism is joke science, a creation myth that leaves one empty. Welfare, while having its benefits for some, keeps people trapped by rewarding bad behavior.

fromoz

07/27/2006 01:15:20 AM

I think it was Pastor Benny Hinn who I was watching on television the other morning when I was shocked and frightened to learn what Jesus will do with those whose hearts have been hardened by God so they can't believe - something about giving them a disease so the flesh rots off their bodies? Ann Coulter seems to be a true follower of that Christ in my estimation.

FltLt

07/27/2006 12:27:22 AM

She doesn't talk about the God taught in my church, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, hardly "liberal"! I think the terms "liberal" and "conservative" are overused anyway. I think we in the US, despite our profession of being a "Christian" nation are quite UN-Christian in our disregard for the poor, those without health insurance and those who make too much to qualify for welfare but too little to make a living wage. Yes, that requires government intervention. I agree with my church's stance on abortion in that we are pro-life. I am also pro-life in the sense that I think the death penalty is handed out much too easily. I find what I have read of Ms. Coulter to be quite against Jesus' teachings, against the way I, as a Lutheran Christian, understand Law and Gospel (she is big on legalism but short on forgiveness), and I won't be making her any richer by buying any of her books.

MacchiatoAmore

07/26/2006 11:29:04 PM

So to be liberal means to be against the christian god? I guess this woman lacks the facts that many have turned away from god because 1] their heritage, 2] they live in a region prodominately atheist or nonchdristian so they know nothing of the faith, 3] its people like her who preach more about damnation rather than heaven that sends people off. [Despite the fact I know it is written "not by peace, but by a sword..."] it will be her hatred and lack of inner peace that will be her undoing. May she realise the error of her way before it is too late and make up for it.

LauraF

07/26/2006 09:51:24 PM

If all Christians and Jews tithed their income as the Bible commands, every poor person would be cared for, every naked person clothed and every hungry person fed. Great! So why don't Christians and Jews band together and do just that. Then there will be no more poverty and homelessness, and thus no more need for those dreaded government social service programs many conservatives so despise. Until that happens, Coulter and others of her mindset should not complain about government stepping in to take up the slack when private donations are not enough to meet the needs out there. Instead, maybe they should be saying "thank you." (By the way, I am a Christian and I fully agree that Christians have an obligation to give their time and money to help those in need. But I also believe that permanent solutions to problems like poverty require government involvement. Private charity is important, but not sufficient.)

captainplanet

07/26/2006 09:37:59 PM

Ooops. They had when I looked at the results before.

captainplanet

07/26/2006 09:37:36 PM

Not only did 75% of the poll people answer "what a dumb question", a whopping ZERO% answered that liberals are more godless...

JenellY

07/26/2006 09:27:43 PM

People like this give ALL Christians and Christianity a bad name, and in doing so, how our Lord and Savior must grieve what is being done in His name.

Aorto

07/26/2006 09:19:35 PM

75% of respondents in the survey to the left responded "What a dumb question." That about sums it up.

kauko15

07/26/2006 09:01:42 PM

'how a religion... exhibits all the bad aspects of religion--myth-making, self-righteousness, and preachiness' Oh how true..... of the brand of Christianity she seems to advocate.

mrswhite072895

07/26/2006 08:45:19 PM

Ann Coulter makes conservative Christians look bad. Personally, I think a Christian as devout as Ms. Coulter shouldn't concern herself with such mortal manners and only concentrate on surviving the last days.

Bidar

07/26/2006 08:44:07 PM

Sad. If this is the face of true Christianity, then we are all in trouble. Since when did being a Christian mean being mean spirited, arrogant, and bigoted? Also, if conservative Christians are like this, then I wan't nothing to do with them. I would like her to explain the Book of Job. I wonder if she has read more then just the title and the end.

JohnQ

07/26/2006 08:43:16 PM

I am not really sure she has any "faith". If she is really "Christian" it is good she identifies herself in that way...because, from her actions it does not seem obvious. Peace!

kannbrown65

07/26/2006 08:37:38 PM

Isn't making money by using your faith pretty much what Jesus WAS dealing with those moneychangers about?

JohnQ

07/26/2006 08:33:23 PM

Yes, AC is definitely a master of marketing! She is more entertaining than Rush L. The difference is that Rush admits from time to time he is an entertainer. Peace!

travestine

07/26/2006 08:30:02 PM

What angers me most about AC is not her position but her hypocrisy. I do not believe for one second that she believes anything she says or writes. She does what she does for effect - like stirring up an anthill just to watching the insects scurry. It's her insincerity just for the sake of notoriety and a quick buck that annoy the h*ll out me. She's a master of marketing - the blond hair, miniskirts and ice princess nastiness - it's all a carefully-crafter persona and she's laughing all the way to bank.

kannbrown65

07/26/2006 08:11:17 PM

She worries that Jesus will chastise her for not being 'tough enough'? Don't recall that part of the Bible. Anyone recall a part of the Bible where Jesus chastises people for not being tough enough, calling people enough names, or being insufficiently critical of what other people believe and do?

Merlock

07/26/2006 08:04:58 PM

I have to agree that Coulter is really more of a comedienne than anything; or something like a cross between one and an attack dog. Kind of the Republican Michael Moore, really; she makes things more fair, but that doesn't mean I think her tactics are good. It's kind of a pity; when I read between the hyperbole, she seems to make some good points, but if she thinks she's going to draw many Dems into the Church of Conservatism, I think she's had a little too much Blood of Christ... God bless!

captainplanet

07/26/2006 08:03:40 PM

Oh yeah...and the Book of Job is in the Old Testament. Bwaaaa.

Henrietta22

07/26/2006 07:24:00 PM

If Coulter is around, you can't mistake her for someone else. She's a virtual Stand-up Christian Commedian. The only thing she has said that I can't laugh at is how she described the widows of 9-11 in her new book, "The Godless Liberals", is that the name? It was hurtful, hateful, and immature writing.

comcon

07/26/2006 07:20:07 PM

"To the extent one is practicing liberalism, one is not practicing the religion of our Father." wow

fromoz

07/26/2006 07:16:16 PM

I believe Ann Coulter is condemned by her very own words. Jesus said that he shouldn't be called "good" because there is only one who is good. Is Ann Coulter arrogantly placing herself above Christ, and therefore rejecting him? Jesus also taught not to judge, and Ann Coulter is judging herself in claiming to be a good Christian, and she is also judging Liberals. I suspect that Ann Coulter is like so many other supposed Christians in claiming to be a follower of the Christ, while at the same time rejecting his teachings. The arrogance of such people in my mind is that they try to pressure others to think the same way, and as Jesus put it, become twice the sons of Hell that they are.

captainplanet

07/26/2006 07:12:51 PM

The thing about gay people divorcing was sarcasm...I didn't realize how serious I sounded... :D

Livindesert

07/26/2006 07:11:57 PM

Ann has to be a liberal who just likes to have fun LoL. I would love to see her on the Colbert report : )

captainplanet

07/26/2006 07:11:41 PM

"If the Church of Liberalism lets you do anything you want, why do you think the divorce rate is higher in red states than in the godless blue states? Assuming that's true, probably because marriage is more popular in the red states than in the blue states and because of all the blue-staters living in the red states. " Or maybe it's because of the concentrations of homosexuals dwelling in the blue states who can't get married, therefore can't get divorced and bring up the divorce rate. "...when I use the term "Christian," I am using it to include anyone who believes in the God of Abraham because it got a little wordy to keep saying "Christians, Jews and anyone else who believes in the God of Abraham" throughout the book. I don't know how that could be any clearer." Maybe using the term BELIEVER, perhaps???

Oversoul

07/26/2006 07:10:21 PM

I don't understand the appeal of Coulter; she does not argue points from a reasonable view, but rather uses ad hominem and snarky quips to get air time, sell books, etc. She's quite sad, really.

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