The Canadians who embrace Ann Coulter – Meet the merry band of ‘free-speech’ champions, Muslim-bashers and conservatives who brought the U.S. firebrand into our country
Here’s a couple of questions about Ann Coulter’s Canadian sojourn that haven’t yet been fully answered: Who invited her? Who thought Canadians needed more exposure to this woman?
Coulter clearly had a wonderful few days here. She got what she lives for: mass attention and irreconcilable controversy, which in turn leads to more media, more highly-paid speeches, more books sold.
If there’s a silver lining to the debacle, it’s the hope that more Canadians have been exposed to the kind of venom she routinely peddles. Hate, bigotry, cruelty and violence ooze out of her every pore, even when she smiles as the knife goes in.
Her Canadian hosts can have had no illusions about her views:
» Of four 9/11 widows whose politics Ms. Coulter didn’t agree with: “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands deaths so much.”
» “My only regret with [Oklahoma bombing terrorist] Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building”.
» “All terrorists are Muslims,” apparently suddenly forgetting the heroic Mr. McVeigh.
» She doesn’t consider the murder of an American doctor who performed abortions as murder and in any event “I don’t want to impose my moral values on others.”
» Muslims – or “ragheads” – are “absolutely insane savages.”
» For those who cheered 9/11, we should “invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert their countries.”
» “It would be better if we were all Christians.”
» Question: “We should all throw Judaism away and all be Christians?” Answer: “Yeah.”
» “Jews should be “perfected.”
By any sane calculus, this is the bile of the lunatic fringe. In the United States, alas, it is now all but mainstream. Has Canada gone this far down the road to right-wing extremism?
So who were these supporters that believed Canada needed more Coulter? The main sponsors seem to have been the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in the United States, a self-styled conservative organization working to make American women more conservative, and the International Free Press Society. What this society mainly seems to stand for is the right of anyone to say whatever they want about Muslims and Islam, however inflammatory, hateful, false and cuckoo.
The society’s president is Lars Hedegaard, a Dane who has asserted that Muslim men rape their family members and see women only as birth machines. As so often happens with Muslim-bashers, when pressed on their wild generalizations they rush to explain they don’t mean all Muslims – though they invariably begin by attacking all Muslims – and that there’s a distinction between Muslims and Islam. Hedegaard believes the conflict between Islam and Western values “cannot be solved with a compromise. It’s either our civilization or their non-civilization and barbarism. Our two ways of life are like fire and water. One of them must be victorious.”
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