I was at the library today and saw a neighbor's mother checking our "Godless" by Ann Coulter. Knowing how conservative my neighbor is, I could only chalk it up to being raised by someone who can stomach Ann Coulter.
Here is the National Review's synopsis of her book:
"Though liberalism rejects the idea of God and reviles people of faith, argues Coulter, it bears all the attributes of a religion itself. In Godless, she throws open the doors of the Church of Liberalism, showing us:
* its sacraments (abortion)
* its holy writ (Roe v. Wade)
* its martyrs (from Soviet spy Alger Hiss to cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal)
* its clergy (public school teachers)
* its churches (government schools, where prayer is prohibited but condoms are free)
* its doctrine of infallibility (as manifest in the "absolute moral authority" of spokesmen from Cindy Sheehan to Max Cleland)
* and its cosmology (in which mankind is an inconsequential accident)
Then, of course, there's the liberal creation myth: Charles Darwin's theory of evolution."
This woman is a joke, but unfortunately a very scary and influential joke. Every liberal friend I have is a decent human being who goes to church or volunteers with nonprofits or lives the unremarkable life of a good, solid citizen. So rather than rejecting the "idea of God," I would say they actually try to practice what they preach. So why the lie that liberalism rejects the idea of God? Because we reject ANN COULTER'S idea of God. We reject Tom DeLay's idea of God. We reject George Bush's idea of God. What's more, we reject the 100% unpatriotic belief that to be American one MUST have an idea of God to begin with. Our nation, our democracy, was founded on the belief that the American people were 100% entitled to reject any idea of any God they damn well pleased. So to say that liberals are somehow less patriotically and faithfully American than Coulter and her apologists is to spit in the faces of the founding fathers.
And to equate abortion with a holy sacrament? This woman is beyond help. No morality, no decency, not a shred of respect for other humans who aren't as lucky as she is to live in a perfect, moral, black-and-white world of her own creation. And to say that public school teachers are our clergy? Then who are the clergy for Coulter, Inc? Baptist ministers? TV preachers? Or CEOs of Halliburton, Enron and Worldcom?
I quite literally cannot express, in polite terms, how much I would love to go head to head with this woman. I'll bring the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, anything by Thomas Jefferson, oh--and the Bible itself. She can bring her sloppy-fact-checked books, her prodigious ego and that monstrous chip on her shoulder.
I'll take her out in two rounds.