Skip to comments.Exclusive Interview: Coulter Says Book Examines 'Mental Disorder' of Liberalism
Posted on 06/06/2006 6:45:50 AM PDT by bigsky
In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Ann Coulter explains what motivated her to write her just-released book Godless: The Church of Liberalism (Crown Forum, 2006), how faith played a role, what “virtues” the Church of Liberalism promotes and much more.
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What led you to write Godless: The Church of Liberalism?
It’s the third of a trilogy. Slander was about liberals’ methods, Treason was about the political consequences of liberalism, and Godless is about the underlying mental disease that creates liberalism.
How did your own faith contribute to your book’s premise?
Although my Christianity is somewhat more explicit in this book, Christianity fuels everything I write. Being a Christian means that I am called upon to do battle against lies, injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy—you know, all the virtues in the church of liberalism. As St. Paul said, if Christ is not risen from the dead, then eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
How do you think Godless will be received by conservatives? How about liberals?
Hmmmm, well, I think conservatives will say, “Oh I see. They’re Godless. Now I understand liberals.” Liberals will say, “Who-less”?
In Godless, you mention that a far greater number of children are sexually abused each year by educators than by priests. You also write about the sex-education programs in public schools. What suggestions do you have for parents on dealing with these issues?
As an emergency measure: home school. As a long term solution: encourage your home-schooled children to become public school teachers and destroy the temple of liberalism.
A large portion of the book addresses the left’s contempt for science. Why do you think the left is uneasy with the scientific facts you discuss regarding AIDS, gender differences, IQ and embryonic and adult stem-cell research?
Because science is not susceptible to their crying and hysterics.
Why do you think the left uses mouthpieces like Cindy Sheehan and Max Cleland to advance their message?
So they can engage in crying and hysterics and hope this will prevent us from responding.
George Clooney said that it was difficult making his movie Good Night and Good Luck because so many people had read your book, Treason, which exposed the truth about Soviet agents in the U.S. government and exonerated Sen. Joseph McCarthy. What impact do you hope Godless will have on the political scene and people’s misconceptions about evolution?
I would like evolution to join the roster of other discredited religions, like the Cargo Cult of the South Pacific. Practitioners of Cargo Cult believed that manufactured products were created by ancestral spirits, and if they imitated what they had seen the white man do, they could cause airplanes to appear out of the sky, bringing valuable cargo like radios and TVs. So they constructed “airport towers” out of bamboo and “headphones” out of coconuts and waited for the airplanes to come with the cargo. It may sound silly, but in defense of the Cargo Cult, they did not wait as long for evidence supporting their theory as the Darwinists have waited for evidence supporting theirs.
You frequently write about liberals’ using the courts to advance their agenda. Should conservatives start doing the same by electing and embracing conservative activist judges?
Only long enough to get liberals to admit that judicial activism isn’t so much fun when the rabbit has the gun.
As a popular speaker on college campuses, you’ve become very familiar with the “apple-polishers” and their liberal professors. What can conservative students do to combat liberalism on their campuses?
I recommend bringing a tape-recorder to class, taking lots of notes and then writing a bestselling book like my friend Ben Shapiro’s Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth. If every right-wing student reading this wrote a book about his college experience, they would all be bestsellers because normal Americans will not believe what is happening on college campuses across America.
What do you enjoy most about your life as a best-selling author and columnist? What do you enjoy the least?
Enjoy most: the prospect of having an impact on the public debate. Irritating liberals is a close second. Enjoy least: the travel.
In your column following the terrorist attacks on September 11, you revealed that when you wrote your columns, you pictured Ted and Barbara Olson reading them at their breakfast table. How does having such a specific audience help you while writing?
When I was writing High Crimes and Misdemeanors, the magnificent writer Joe Sobran gave me the greatest advice a writer could ever get. I called him in desperation, because I was pulling my hair out trying to write the Whitewater chapter. I explained to him that the reason Whitewater was so hard to write about was that the financial transactions comprising Whitewater were incredibly complicated—and they were complicated for a reason: to hide what was really going on. After I whined for about five minutes about how impossible this made it to explain the scandal, Joe told me to write down exactly what I had just said to him—in fact, to write the entire chapter like I was writing an e-mail to him. I did, and the Economist (written by the only economists on earth who liked Hillary’s health care plan) described it as one of the clearest explanations of the Whitewater scandal out there.
So now I write everything like I’m e-mailing one of my friends—often a friend I’ve been arguing with about whatever I am writing. I think the writing is better, and it’s a lot more fun.
Also, I noticed that when I e-mailed my friends asking them to explain some point of law to me so I could put it in my book, I’d get a lot of convoluted jargon that read like an 18th-Century legal brief. But when I sent them an e-mail casually asking, “Hey, what do you think of William Ginsberg [Monica Lewinsky’s attorney]?” I would get back some of the most beautiful prose ever written. So I recommend to all writers that they write like they’re sending an e-mail to a friend—or enemy, for some really punchy writing.
What books do you look forward to reading this summer?
I think I’ll just keep reading Godless over and over again. I love it so!
Ann was on the Today show this morning in an interview with Matt Lauer. She was wonderful.
Bump for my lovely Ann. And I WILL get this book!
I enjoyed watching Ann on Good Morning today. She put Matt in his place more than once! I love it!
I haven't been to Amazon.com to read the reviews yet, but I know the moonbats are furiously typing away, posting "reviews" of a book they have never read, telling each other how bad/homophobic/hateful/neanderthol/bigoted/bla bla bla Ann Coulter and her book are, and clicking on the "yes" button beside the "Has this review been helpful to you?" posted by the other mind-numbed moonbats.
She's right that liberalism is a mental disorder.
Has the New York Times interviewed Ann and given fawning reviews of this book in advance of its release yet?
Or is that just for crap written by Michael Moore and Al Franken?
Question asked and answered!
(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")
And yes... I intend to buy this one also.
How long before Michael Savage starts ranting and raving that Ann stole 'his' line?
Based on her scientific ignorance, I won't be buying this book.
"Liberalism is a mental disorder" Michael Savage. Ann is a Savage listener!!
And let me assure you for every one of those "naughty teacher" posts you see on FR, there's a lot of other teacher sexually abusing student stories that get swept under the rug with "resignations" and no public knowledge.
Ann got that part of the story dead on.
I have to buy another copy of Treason. I loaned out and it never came back! Grrrrrrr
Exclusive interview? She was on the Today show, for cripes sake.
Looks more like Ann submitted answers to a list of written questions. Not quite the same as an interview. She had some funny answers, though.
Was it because she dared profane the hallowed theory of evolution?
I pre-ordered Ann's book, along with Bill Sammon's "Strategery", from Amazon a few weeks ago. I figured that they'd send both books once Coulter's was released today.
They were waiting for me at home yesterday.
I actually started with "Strategery", but come the weekend, I will dive into both books. There's too much "tyranny of the urgent" to do it now. Interested in your thoughts.
I just went to Amazon to check it out, and you are spot on. The liberals are claiming to be Christians and bashing Ann for being un-Christian in her attitudes towards liberals. I say it's evil lamenting being exposed.
Every review was written today, and it's plainly obvious that no-one has actually read the book, they're just piling on.
I cannot watch that show, it makes my blood pressure go up. My wife and I actually had a very rare fight about the show...she watches and likes it, and it makes me verbally angry, which I normally am not.
This morning, I am in the bathroom shaving, and I hear the unmistakable voice of...Ann Coulter! Now I had to go look, and my wife was watching the exchange between her and Matt "Hairplug" Lauer, who was trying to do his best Tim Russert "Gotcha" mode of attack.
I thought she defended herself brilliantly!
I would like Ann to join the roster of other discredited pundits, like Father Charles Coughlin and Pat Buchanan. I used to think she was funny because I assumed her to be playing a "character" as a conservative provocateur but she is really hurting the conservative movement by making inane comments like this.
Yes, that is a shame. She is otherwise very insightful.
I would imagine she is merely pandering to our moonbats.
Gotsa sell books.
I've read HC&D, and this was one of the most memorable chapters. I especially loved the first sentence ..."This is the boring part".
No, but she does make some basic mistakes that anyone with hard scientific training would get, regardless of the side of the evolutionary issue one is on.
There are many, many, legitimate ways to attack evolution, but the "no transitionary fossils" canard is simply a mistake up there with arguing the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
After having tried, many times, to put myself in the shoes of a liberal....just can't do it....doesn't feel natural...or normal....and was always whinny....
I did a post on the topic
Question to My Psychiatric Colleagues (Mental Health Vanity)
9/27/05 | ME
Posted on 09/27/2005 8:01:08 PM PDT by april15Bendovr
I almost never watch it, but I do surf during commercials. That's how I spotted Ann this morning. I was delighted, especially since she gave Matt a correction the likes of which is rarely seen on the morning news. Poor Matt must be weeping in a corner somewhere right about now.
RINOs despise Ann.. its all in the plan...
She EXPOSES RINOs.. they can't help themselves..
They MUST snipe at her.. LoL.. She's a GENIOUS..
Now that is a tagline!
The Carge Cult metaphor was spot on.. Lay off the Dumberol.. it can make you a RINO.....
RINOs viscerally hate Ann Coulter..
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Book Review: Coulter Attacks the Cult of Liberalism
Human Events ^ | June 5, 2006 | Lisa De Pasquale
Posted on 06/05/2006 6:46:45 AM PDT by boryeulb
In "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," HUMAN EVENTS legal affairs correspondent Ann Coulter lays out one of the most original and perceptive philosophies on the cult of liberalism.
She states, "Under the guise of not favoring religion, liberals favor one cosmology over another and demand total indoctrination into theirs. The state religion of liberalism demands obeisance (to the National Organization for Women), tithing (to teachers' unions), reverence (for abortion), and formulaic imprecations ('Bush lied, kids died!'' 'Keep your laws off my body!' 'Arms for hostages!'). Everyone is taxed to support indoctrination into the state religion through public schools where innocent children are taught a specific belief system, rather than, say, math."
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For years liberals have relied on a strategy of faking out the American public in order to win elections. Instead of accurately articulating their beliefs and engaging in an honest debate, they scour the nation for the perfect patsy. A hysterical mother who is willing to go on national television and call the President a "furor" and "evil maniac" is akin to seeing the stigmata. Liberals' ecstasy over Cindy Sheehan, Max Cleland, and the widows who made a spectacle of themselves in the midst of the 9/11 Commission epitomizes their secret weapon for winning back America -- a doctrine of infallibility in which victory goes to the most hysterical.
As Coulter writes:
Finally, the Democrats hit on an ingenious strategy: They would choose only messengers whom we're not allowed to reply to. Thats why all Democratic spokesmen these days are sobbing, hysterical women. You can't respond to them because that would be questioning the authenticity of their suffering. Liberals haven't changed the message, just the messenger. All the most prominent liberal spokesmen are people with "absolute moral authority" -- Democrats with a dead husband, a dead child, a wife who works at the CIA, a war record, terminal illness, or as a last resort, being on a first-name basis with Nelson Mandela. Like Oprah during Sweeps Week, liberals have come to rely exclusively on people with sad stories...CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread
SEAN HANNITY and ANN COULTER to broadcast LIVE from New York:
"Godless" book signing WEDNESDAY 6/7
Posted on 06/04/2006 1:27:31 PM PDT by RonDog
Wednesday, June 7th
SEAN HANNITY and ANN COULTER LIVE RADIO BROADCAST
SEAN HANNITY will be broadcasting his WABC radio show live from Book Revue with guest ANN COULTER to launch the release of her new book Godless.
BOOK SIGNING WITH ANN COULTER 5pm
ANN COULTER will be signing copies of Godless immediately following the broadcast.
On The Seventh Day, God Rested And Liberals Schemed
(Godless Special Preview Alert)
Townhall.com ^ | 06/06/06 | Ann Coulter
Posted on 06/05/2006 10:06:45 PM PDT by goldstategop
GODLESS: The Church of Liberalism, Chapter One On the Seventh Day, God Rested and Liberal Schemed
They exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator. . . . Therefore, God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature.Romans 1:2526
Liberals love to boast that they are not religious, which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion. It has its own cosmology, its own miracles, its own beliefs in the supernatural, its own churches, its own high priests, its own saints, its own total worldview, and its own explanation of the existence of the universe. In other words, liberalism contains all the attributes of what is generally known as religion.
Under the guise of not favoring religion, liberals favor one cosmology over another and demand total indoctrination into theirs. The state religion of liberalism demands obeisance (to the National Organization for Women), tithing (to teachers unions), reverence (for abortion), and formulaic imprecations (Bush lied, kids died! Keep your laws off my body! Arms for hostages!). Everyone is taxed to support indoctrination into the state religion through the public schools, where innocent children are taught a specific belief system, rather than, say, math.
Liberal doctrines are less scientifically provable than the story of Noahs ark, but their belief system is taught as fact in government schools, while the Biblical belief system is banned from government schools by law. As a matter of faith, liberals believe: Darwinism is a fact, people are born gay, child-molesters can be rehabilitated, recycling is a virtue, and chastity is not. If people are born gay, why hasnt Darwinism weeded out people who dont reproduce? (For that, we need a theory of survival of the most fabulous.) And if gays cant change, why do liberals think child-molesters can? Pedophilia is a sexual preference. If theyre born that way, instead of rehabilitation, how about keeping them locked up? Why must children be taught that recycling is the only answer? Why arent we teaching children safe littering?
We arent allowed to ask...
Thanks. The above sentence is... pure Coulter.
The apparent contempt for the scientific observations of evolution would appear to be not confined exclusively to the left.
The LEFT generally promotes evolution, and by the way teaches it in all the major colleges of the U.S. (and the World).. The LEFT HAS NO contempt for evolution..
Have you ever considered that this might fit into the category of, "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while."
The left supports evolution because they consider it, um, "Godless". But their support does not make it erroneous.
I have always contended that God has evolution as one of the tools in his toolbox, just as His Son had a plane, chisel, and mallet in his ... at least for a while.
Does me using spell check also make me a RINO? I'm sorry I missed the piles of scientific evidence indicating the Earth was created 4000 years ago and that natural selection and fossil records are a bunch of bunk. She makes valid points up there about liberal judges and academia, but Ann makes conservatives look like a bunch of unscientific morons by saying evolution is stupid and suggesting Biblical creationism!
You seem to have missed something.. Liberals have a mental disease, you know addled... And cannot understand her books.. Ann Coulter is the leanest meanest RINO EXPOSER ever enjoin the task..
ALL of Ann's books are about exposeing RINOs.. Liberals are not not worth the effort they are Nutz you see.. Many RINOs are hiding in conservative ranks... RINOs, you see, ARE LIBERALS.. Coulter is not a religious shaman she is a RINO EXPOSER and knows where all the RINOs buttons are...
Got exposed eh?... LoL.. She a genious..
Rush is right. Being out of power for so long, Conservatives had to refine their philosophy and arguments. Liberals had no need for this, being in power and with the MSM carrying their water. Thus, when faced with a debate with well-conditioned Conservatives, the out-of-condition Liberals retreat to ad hominem attack. In so doing, they lose EVERY argument.
Exactly.. Ann knows where all the liberals(and RINOs) buttons are.. She is quite SMART..
Both liberals and RINOS crawl out from under rocks when Ann Coulter writes ANYTHING.. Which is EXACTLY what she is trying to accomplish.. They EXPOSE themselves TO US by their responses.. Pure genious..