Tuesday, June 6, 2006

A Google search for the phrase “hate Ann Coulter” returns more than 19,000 Web sites. The syndicated columnist and TV commentator is certainly near the top of any liberal’s list of

most-hated conservatives, and she probably won’t make any new Democrat friends with her latest book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism.”

Released yesterday (a date chosen for its apocalyptic “6-6-6” significance) “Godless” accuses liberals of making abortion a “holy sacrament” and includes such trademark Coulterisms as, “Assuming you aren’t a fetus, the Left’s most dangerous religious belief is their adoration of violent criminals.”

Miss Coulter is already the author of four best-sellers — “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1998), “Slander” (2002), “Treason” (2003) and 2004’s “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)” — and one of the most popular speakers on the campus lecture circuit. A lawyer and former Senate aide, she has been a conservative activist since her undergraduate days at Cornell University.

The following is from a recent e-mail interview with Miss Coulter:

Question: In describing liberalism as a religion, with abortion as a sacrament and convicted killer Willie Horton as a martyr, “Godless” might be your most controversial book yet. Do you ever worry that you’ll run out of ways to enrage the Left?

Answer: No, the left is permanently and frothfully irrational.

Q: You have not generally been identified as someone associated with religious conservatism, but “Godless” attacks Darwinism and advances strong pro-life arguments. Has Christianity played a role all along in shaping your political beliefs, or have you become more religious in recent years?

A: Always been a Christian.

Q: In “Godless,” you write: “While secularists are constantly comparing conservative Christians to Nazis, somehow it’s always the godless doing the genocides.” Isn’t that the kind of sentence the Left will use to crucify you?

A: Well, I just love speaking truth to power.

Q: You devote an entire chapter — 17 pages — to recounting the story of Willie Horton’s crimes and his role in the 1988 presidential campaign. A lot of Republicans nowadays seem to have adopted the liberal view that it was a horrible, racist thing to raise the issue of Horton’s furlough against [Democratic nominee] Michael Dukakis. Why do you feel it is important to retell the Horton story?

A: That question answers itself — because a lot of Republicans nowadays seem to have adopted the liberal view that it was a horrible, racist thing to raise the issue of Horton’s furlough.

Q: In a previous book, you said, “Liberals simply can’t grasp the problem Lexis-Nexis poses to their incessant lying.” Why have liberals become so hostile to facts?

A: Actually, to be fair, the facts were hostile to liberals first.

Q: Republicans are sometimes criticized for being “mean-spirited.” Is it fair to say you think they’re not mean-spirited enough?

A: Yes.

Q: The Washington Times is said to be President Bush’s favorite newspaper. Assuming he’s reading this, is there any advice you’d like to share with the president?

A: (1) Continue to ignore liberals on national defense. Tap their phones if necessary; (2) Force [Justice] John Paul Stevens off the [Supreme] Court, nominate Janice Rogers Brown; (3) Promise never again to whine about “our national addiction to oil.”

Q: Perhaps your most notorious comment was after 9/11, when you made this foreign-policy suggestion: “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” That column was written immediately after your friend Barbara Olson was killed on the plane that the hijackers crashed into the Pentagon. Do you still think about Mrs. Olson? Do you ever ask yourself, “What would Barbara do?”

A: Yes. She was a great American patriot, and will be remembered as long as we are free.

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