Anti-Muslim Writers

Anti-Muslim Writers

 Ann Coulter

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 Irshad Manji

 Hassan Butt

 Melanie Phillips

 Robert Spencer

 Salman Rushdie

 Tawfik Hamid

 Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels)

 V.S.Naipaul

 Wafa Sultan

 Ann Coulter

  Lethally blonde

Ann Coulter has made a career out of saying the
unthinkable. Last week the bestselling American author
caused outrage when she described the widows of 9/11
as 'witches' who revelled in their husbands' deaths.
Mixing soundbites with short skirts, this former
lawyer has become the most extreme - and popular -
polemicist in America. How did that happen? 

Gaby Wood
Sunday June 11, 2006
The Observer 

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1794552,00.html

Ann Coulter has a stalker. She doesn't like to dignify
his actions by talking about him, but she'll tell you,
if you ask, that he's what the FBI class as the most
dangerous kind - John Lennon's assassin was one of
these. They're the sort that start out as fans and
turn into your worst enemy.

Feelings about Ann Coulter run high and extreme. Often
described as 'the Republican Michael Moore', Coulter
is possibly even better equipped than Moore to offend
people, because, it seems, she is 100 per cent
shameless. Actually, make that 99 per cent. 'I've
always told my friends,' she says, 'if only I could be
a black Jewish homosexual - then we could really have
some fun! Then I could say anything!'

Luckily, she is a woman, which puts her in a so-called
minority and gives her considerable ammo (literally -
she is very much in favour of guns, partly on account
of the stalker). James Wolcott described her in Vanity
Fair as 'the Paris Hilton of post-modern politics'.
Eric Alterman, columnist for the Nation, calls her
'Rush Limbaugh in a miniskirt' (Limbaugh is a popular
right-wing talk radio host). Sean Penn has an Ann
Coulter action figure on his desk - which he uses to
put out his cigarettes. Press a button and the doll
speaks: 'Why not go to war for oil? We need oil. What
do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private
jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to
them?'

Coulter's weekly column is published in Human Events,
once Ronald Reagan's favourite paper. It is read by
few outside the conservative heartland, yet she has
achieved a notoriety that suggests a far greater
circulation. Liberals love to hate her, some
conservatives hate her, but every time she writes a
book - and Godless, published this week, is her fifth
- it's an instant bestseller.

She's a little like Batman, or the Joker. You don't
hear from her for a while then suddenly you can't miss
her. This is a can't-miss-her moment. On Tuesday she
went on the Today Show, NBC's morning programme,
defending the passage of Godless that concerns the 11
September widows who lobbied for the creation of the
9/11 commission. She describes them as 'witches' who
have cashed in on their husbands' deaths.

On Wednesday she took up the entire front page of the
New York Daily News: 'Coulter the Cruel', it blared,
next to a picture of Coulter smiling as if she'd just
been crowned Miss World. On Thursday Hillary Clinton
fought back against what she called a 'vicious,
mean-spirited attack'. Perhaps, Clinton suggested,
Coulter's book should have been called 'Heartless'. At
a public reading in Long Island a town councilman
presented Coulter with a letter requesting an apology.
Triumphantly, she tore it up. Ah! The book tour had
begun.

'This is of course exactly what she wants,' says Joe
Klein, who tells me that she inspired a character in
his Primary Colors. He adds: 'She's a really cancerous
example of the American political disease. You know,
there's a whole generation of people in this country
who think a serious political discussion is Ann
Coulter and Michael Moore yelling at each other. It's
driven serious, nuanced conversation out of the
market.'

Her effect, however, has to be carefully calibrated -
yes, she's a loudmouth right-winger, along the lines
of Limbaugh and broadcaster Bill O'Reilly, and far
more iconic than both of them. But is she no more than
a jester? How dangerous is she?

'She's not dangerous,' Joe Klein clarifies. 'The
phenomenon she represents is dangerous'. Alterman
agrees: 'The effect is to make racism and other forms
of chauvinism acceptable in polite society. You're a
killjoy if you take her seriously.'

The night the Twin Towers fell she wrote a now famous
column suggesting that 'We know who the homicidal
maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing
right now. We should invade their countries, kill
their leaders, and convert them to Christianity'. She
took a whole lot of people with her. She is, as blog
king Mickey Kaus, self-described 'neoliberal' and
friend of Coulter, says, 'one of these people who's
had the so-called Fox effect, of rallying voters to
the polls that nobody thought existed'. Coulter became
a pied piper for a certain kind of patriot.

Entire chapters of other people's books (Alterman's,
and liberal radio host Al Franken's) have been devoted
to pointing out her factual errors. Coulter has
written a book taking down Bill Clinton (High Crimes
and Misdemeanors); one about the so-called collected
lies of the left (Slander); a collection of previously
published columns (How to Talk to a Liberal); a volume
celebrating the work of Joe McCarthy (Treason).
Godless is an expression of her religious views, and
takes in the obvious issues: abortion, science, the
death penalty ...

Some of Coulter's more charming opinions are that the
country would be better off if women couldn't vote,
that in December 2001 America should have attacked
France, and that the death penalty should be brought
back everywhere. She supported apartheid in South
Africa, she has gently suggested that Timothy McVeigh
should have blown up the New York Times building, she
believes that defending the right to abortion is akin
to defending slavery. Airlines, she says, should have
- and flaunt - a policy of racial profiling: 'You are
now free to move about the cabin - Not so fast,
Mohammed!'

I am due to meet Ann Coulter for lunch, but there has
been some confusion over the location. Her PR emails
me to apologise. 'As you might imagine, her schedule
is very hectic, and I do not have total control over
her until next week,' she writes, effortlessly
confirming my suspicion that Coulter is in fact an
automaton. Total Control? How does that work? One
week, her book publicist; the next, Dick Cheney? I
soon learn that this idea is ridiculous. Coulter would
never let a moderate like Cheney get his hands on her.

When I arrive at the restaurant, Coulter is sitting
down, which is just as well because had I seen at
first how tall she was, I might have fainted.
Coulter's look is that of someone who has paid close
attention to the hairstyles favoured in Stepford, and
to the eyeliner worn by the evil android in
Metropolis. Her motto might as well be: you can never
be too rich, too thin, too blond, too tall, or too
rude. She has a mane of expensively blond hair, the
crane-limbed body type of a pterodactyl, and a smile
that seems entirely un-Machiavellian. Now I
understand.

All the interviews I've read involve the interviewer
(usually a liberal man) wanting to dislike her and
coming away with some excuse for her behaviour, on the
grounds that she is actually quite nice in person. And
it turns out to be true that she makes everything seem
like a joke. She loves to argue, she smiles and laughs
with every answer she gives. She's like a puppy
waiting to be thrown a ball. Look, she says, I'm just
doing this for fun. I'd rather be a married
stay-at-home mom, but until that happens, taunting
liberals seems like a good way to fill up my day.

After we've ordered our drinks, I ask Coulter whether
she thinks she owes her success to a conservative
following, or to liberals' need for a bogeyman.

'Oh, that's a good question,' she chuckles. 'One of my
favourite liberal friends has laughed about how it's
just like clockwork: they attack you, and all it does
is give you publicity, and they can't help themselves
- they just keep attacking. Liberals hate me because I
understand them better than they understand
themselves. They pretend not to get the joke.'

As the first plane went into the World Trade Centre,
Coulter was in a cab on her way to LaGuardia airport.
She was listening to the radio she always carried with
her, before i-Pods were invented. 'At first I thought
it was some shock jock joke,' she says now, 'but then
everyone was pulling the same joke'. When the second
plane hit, she leaned forward and told the cab driver
the news. He didn't react. He was a Muslim. Coulter
was instantly alarmed.

After spending all day in a bar in Queens (the bridges
were shut, the subway had stopped, she couldn't get
back into Manhattan) she wrote her infamous 9/11
column on her laptop, and hasn't changed her view
since. Was that her position before, I wonder?

'No, I never cared about the Muslims,' she says of the
people she more frequently refers to as 'ragheads'.
'It seemed like a morass - that's why so many popular
jokes are based on peace in the Middle East. I
thought, it's a morass, other people are dealing with
it, I'll write about Clinton.'

'But you don't think America should intervene on other
occasions?'

'No, I wouldn't have intervened in Bosnia, in fact I
think it's questionable whether we were on the right
side on that. I don't want to be the world's
policeman. But when they start flying planes into our
skyscrapers, then it's time for a little tough love.'

'Do you feel like your personal involvement led you to
those views?'

'No, I don't think it is personal. It's not a personal
thing because my city's been hit. Most of the rest of
America is more anxious to fight the terrorists than
New Yorkers are.'

Coulter thinks conservatives are in a minority in the
United States. 'Oh, we definitely are,' she says
emphatically, 'in places like the Department of
Justice, the CIA, the State Department ...' she pauses
for a millisecond. 'I think we probably have the
Pentagon.'

What Coulter would like to see is: No Democrats. There
would still be a two-party system, but it would be
composed of Republicans, and moderate Republicans.
'And then,' she says, 'America would be safe. And I've
got to say,' she adds, as she is presented with a
plate of beef carpaccio, 'the way the Democrats are
going, I think that's not as much of a pipe dream as
it seems.'

She couldn't be President herself, she says, because
she couldn't 'do the diplomacy thing'. 'Here's Bush
going around talking about Islam being a religion of
peace - I mean, I know he has to say that, but come
on! No. I could not do that. Those words aren't coming
out of my mouth.'

In Coulter's ideal world, George Bush would be the
leader of the opposition.

I had prepared to meet Ann Coulter with the aim of
finding out how on earth any human being could turn
out to be so extreme. What was her upbringing? When
had she formed these opinions? Why was she so angry?
It was only when we were sitting in the restaurant
that I realised my approach was all wrong.

I looked up over the starched white tablecloth at the
starched white collars of the other patrons. I looked
out at Madison Avenue and its innumerable blond
shoppers. There was nothing unusual about Ann Coulter.
Chances are, if any of these Upper East Siders -
neighbours of hers - were as acid-tongued or as
unconcerned about decorum as she is, they would be
like that too. 'One thing people say to me more than
anything else,' she says, 'besides "you're taller than
I expected" - is: you say exactly what I'm thinking,
and you say the things that no one else will say.'

When I ask who she thinks espouses these views, she
shrugs and says, 'you've seen the maps'. As simple as
that: wherever the America is conservative-coloured
[on the political map], people agree with her. 'She's
not so exceptional, and that's the shock,' an
acquaintance later tells me, 'People disguise
themselves as more sentimental, but what they really
feel is probably closer to what she says. It's quite
wrong to think [her position] is a redneck
phenomenon.'

Coulter was born in 1961 in New York then moved to
Connecticut, birthplace of both Colt and Winchester
gun manufacturers. Her father was a WASP lawyer who
made his name as a union buster, and her 'Southern
Belle' mother looked after Ann and her two elder
brothers. It was a 'really nice', 'boring', 'happy'
family, she says. Every Friday, they would come into
the city and go to the Philharmonic. As a family they
never talked about personal things. 'It's not
necessarily all about politics but when you're with
smart people, you're talking about things at a higher
level,' Coulter expands, 'You're talking about ideas,
telling jokes, it's not: this is what happened to me
today.'

'Who looked after your emotional welfare?' I ask.

Coulter laughs out loud - a laugh that means: what
will these idiot liberals think of next? 'Wasps aren't
into that,' she says. 'In fact, if I ever used the
words "emotional welfare", I would be sent to my room
without dinner.'

She went to Cornell University, then to law school in
Michigan. In 1994 she was hired as a legal adviser to
Paula Jones in her sexual harassment case against Bill
Clinton. But don't mistake her for a feminist. 'It
wasn't feminists who came along and made what Clinton
did to Paula Jones illegal,' she says, 'That's been
illegal in this country since 1492.'

She wasn't simply acting in Jones's interests,
however. Coulter has been quoted as saying that 'we
were terrified that Jones would settle. It was
contrary to our purpose of bringing down the
President.' She got a job working for a Republican
senator, and helped to write the country's laws - some
of which, she says gleefully, the New York Times is
complaining about even now ('I toughened up the
provision on removing criminal aliens from the United
States').

But there was one thing she wasn't so good at when she
was a Senate staffer: 'They did figure out pretty
quickly that I should not be the one meeting with
constituents.'

Why not?

'I started threatening to mace them.'

'I suppose the question that often comes up is, does
she really believe these things or does she say them
for effect?' says Mickey Kaus. 'And I've come to think
she really believes them. She says the same things in
private. They are as sincere as any beliefs any of us
have.'

John Cloud, who profiled her for a cover story in Time
last year, ended up thinking she was so funny it must
be some kind of stand-up routine, that she was like a
right-wing Ali G. Coulter tells me that she once went
on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Leno came into
the green room holding a copy of her book. 'You know,'
he said to her, 'I've heard some of these jokes
before, but now that I'm reading your book, I see that
they kept dropping the punch line - this is very
funny.'

That is exactly the sort of response that some of
Coulter's opponents think is to blame for her
popularity. Eric Alterman was hired at MSNBC with Ann
Coulter 10 years ago in what was her first media job.
'I couldn't believe the crap that was coming out of
her mouth,' he says. Alterman watched Coulter get
fired during a commercial break, after she had mocked
a paraplegic Vietnam vet. 'These people think it's all
a joke,' Alterman says, 'like the guy who wrote the
cover story for Time last year - that 5,000 word love
letter - and decided it was all ironic.

'Well, I don't give the mass audience that much credit
for irony. She's told an awful lot of lies that are
very damaging, and have terrible consequences. There's
a kind of daisy chain in the media that's allowed her
to reach this level, with Hillary Clinton responding
to her comments about 9/11 widows. Hillary Clinton
shouldn't have to wipe that stuff off her shoes. The
gatekeeper function of the media has entirely
disappeared.'

In May 1999 Harpers magazine threw a party at Keith
McNally's hip restaurant, Pravda, for Christopher
Hitchens's book about Bill Clinton. For that night at
least, it was the epicentre of the liberal
intelligentsia. Ann Coulter showed up; everyone was
appalled. 'But then they were fascinated by her,' one
partygoer recalls. 'People fell over themselves
wanting to talk to her - especially the older men.
It's one of those things: if you're attracted to
someone, who cares about politics?'

This, Alterman argues, is Coulter's 'great talent - to
make people like her and think there's no consequence
to saying we should be committing mass murder in the
Middle East.' Coulter's friend Jon Ledecky says; 'As a
platonic friend, it's interesting to see intelligent
and handsome men transformed into slobbering groupies
when they meet her.' Coulter herself tells me that
every boyfriend she's had in the past five years has
been a fan: 'a total stranger who walked up to me in a
bar or in the street.'

I ask why her relationships never last long.

'This reason or that reason,' she says.

'It's not because they're afraid of you?'

'Oh no.'

Currently popular in Washington is a blog with an
unprintable title. It takes the form of a fictional
sex scene in which the liberal narrator picks Ann
Coulter up at the farmer's market in Los Angeles and
takes her home. (By the way, Coulter really does have
fans in Hollywood. When the creator of 24 - one of her
favourite shows - threw a party for her there,
promising to introduce her to all the right-wingers,
she assumed 'there would be five of us sipping sodas',
but when she got there, it was 'a huge party'. Anyway,
back to the sex blog.) They get to his place, and turn
each other on by fighting over politics.

'With every point I expressed that ran counter to a
view she held, she removed one article of clothing,'
it reads. 'Soon she sat on my couch naked.' They
climax: 'I repeated every Karl Marx quote I could
think of until I reached my own "historic
inevitability"'.

See what I mean about her appealing to both sides?

Every Sunday, Coulter goes to church. A mega-church.
In the middle of Manhattan. The pastor packs it with
600 to 800 people four times a day, she says. Once,
she even tried to convert a Muslim boyfriend to
Christianity there. I ask Coulter if she's ever had a
crisis of faith.

'Only when liberals don't attack me enough,' she says
with a smile. 'Then I think: what was the matter with
that column? I thought it was good.'

Quotable Coulter

On 9/11

'If Chicago had been hit, I assure you New Yorkers
would not have cared. New Yorkers would have been
like, "It's tough for them, now let's go back to our
Calvin Klein fashion shows. "'

On Muslims

'The question is not, 'Are all Muslims terrorists?'
The question is, 'Are all terrorists Muslims?' The
answer is yes .'

On her Muslim ex-boyfriend

'The relationship was complicated by his interest in
committing jihad. I took away his box cutters. '

To a Vietnam veteran

'People like you caused us to lose the war.'

On Princess Diana

'Her children knew she was sleeping with all these
men. That just seems the definition of "not a good
mother".'

On women

'America would be a much better country if women did
not vote.'

On the French

'A bunch of faggots.'

On her critics

'The more vicious they are, the happier I am.'

Conservatives should cringe over Coulter

BY LEONARD PITTS JR.
lpitts@MiamiHerald.com
Posted on Mon, Jun. 12, 2006

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/leonard_pitts/14796761.htm

Apparently, it's news that Ann Coulter is a nasty
piece of work.

I had rather thought that was the attraction, at least
for those people who find her attractive. So forgive
me for being mildly mystified by last week's headlines
about her most recent spasm of trash mouth, i.e., her
attack on four women who lost their husbands in the
Sept. 11 attacks. But then, the attack is vicious even
by Coulter's standards: In her latest book, whose
title you won't read here, she savages the widows as
''self-obsessed'' and ``witches.''

''These broads are millionaires,'' she writes,
'lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling
in their status as celebrities and stalked by
grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their
husbands' deaths so much.''

Evidently, the widow's sins are that they pushed for
an independent commission to investigate 9/11
intelligence failures, they are critical of the Bush
administration, and they endorsed John Kerry for
president.

The nerve of them.

Coulter's tirade has drawn bipartisan condemnation --
New York Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton called it
''vicious,'' while the state's Republican governor,
George Pataki, declared Coulter ''far worse than
insensitive'' -- but c'mon. This is all part of the
shtick for this chick. I mean, we're talking about the
woman who said Timothy McVeigh's only mistake was in
not blowing up The New York Times building and that we
should invade Muslim countries, kill their leaders and
convert the people to Christianity.

EASY TO DO

Frankly, it's easy to do what Coulter does. Just say
the most outrageous thing in the most inflammatory
way. Just give moral and mental cover to that
small-minded, anti-intellectual strain of the
electorate which recoils like Superman in the face of
Kryptonite from complexity and incertitude. And when
people call you on it, just wrap yourself in the flag
and declare yourself a straight-shootin' conservative
under siege by that mean ol' liberal media.

It plays like gangbusters in Peoria. And never mind
that it's a brazen lie.

Meaning that Ann Coulter is not reviled because she is
conservative. Some of the best and most respected
pundits in the country are conservative: George F.
Will, Kathleen Parker and Charles Krauthammer, to name
just three.

They offer smart, snarky, cogent analyses of world and
national events and if you disagree with them, as I
not infrequently do, you will be required to do some
mental heavy lifting to dismantle their arguments.
They challenge you.

SHE IS MEAN

No, Coulter is reviled because she is mean, malicious,
the barbed-wire frontwoman for a cabal of bloviators,
bully boys, and blowhards (Rush Limbaugh, Bill
O'Reilly, Michael Savage and too many others) who are
pleased to regard themselves as the guardians of
conservatism's soul.

Conservatism's soul should sue for slander.

But again, it plays in Peoria. And why not? It is
loud, simple, stupid. Not unlike The Jerry Springer
Show.

The nation's political discourse has never been as
polite and decorous as we like to think. Abraham
Lincoln's political foes called him a baboon; Lyndon
Johnson once said that Gerald Ford played too much
football without a helmet.

LINES CROSSED

When, however, even widows (and orphans?) become fair
game for a viperous harridan with an ax to grind and
books to sell, maybe decent people should wonder at
the lines we have crossed and the type of nation we
have become in the process.

Coulter's victims, by the way, felt compelled to
release a statement. It said in part: ``Contrary to
Ms. Coulter's statements, there was no joy in watching
men that we loved burn alive. There was no happiness
in telling our children that their fathers were never
coming home again.''

In a better nation, that would go without saying.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Deadly Intent: Ann Coulter, Word Warrior
Published: June 12, 2006

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/12/business/media/12carr.html

ONCE again, Ann Coulter has a book in need of
flogging, and once again, people are stunned by what a
"vicious," "mean-spirited," "despicable" "hate-monger"
they say she is.

Ms. Coulter, who seems afflicted by a kind of
rhetorical compulsion, most recently labeled the
widows of 9/11 "harpies." It is just one in a series
from a spoken-word hit parade that seems to fly out of
her mouth uninterrupted by conscience, rectitude or
logic.

But Ann Coulter knows precisely what she is saying.
Her current book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism,"
is heading to the best-seller lists in part because
she has a significant constituency and in part because
no other author in American publishing is better at
weaponizing words. With five books and more than a
million copies in hardcover sales, she plays to win
and is happy to take hostages along the way, including
the women she calls "The Witches of East Brunswick."

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in
articles about them, reveling in their status as
celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I have never
seen people enjoying their husband's death so much."
That typical Coulter sortie was hardly a misstep on
some overamped talk show. That doozy of a sentence was
written, edited, lawyered and then published. By now,
she, along with Crown Publishing, have come up with a
dexterous formula for kicking up the kind of fuss that
sells books. It looks something like this:

She did not come out of the gate with such ruthless
aplomb. As published at the height of the
Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in 1998, "High Crimes and
Misdemeanors" reflected her background as a lawyer and
was fairly scholarly, considering what came after it.
But once her lethally blond franchise became part of
public consciousness, or at least the lower stem of it
that feeds off cable talk, she quickly learned that
hyperbole is best sold by the ton.

She has since suggested wistfully that Timothy McVeigh
should have parked his truck in front of The New York
Times, joked that a Supreme Court justice should be
poisoned, and said that America should invade Muslim
countries and kill their leaders. And she recently
admitted that she is "no big fan" of the First
Amendment that allowed her to say all of that.

"She is so smart that none of it is by accident," said
Adrian Zackheim, the publisher of Portfolio, a
business imprint, and of Sentinel, a conservative
political imprint. "She knows that a few things she
says are bound to get attention. She just probably
doesn't know which one."

But once attention, negative or otherwise, turns
toward her, she is all knuckles and know-how. When
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested that her
attack on the widows was "vicious," Ms. Coulter went
casually nuclear, saying that the senator "should talk
to her husband, who was accused of rape by Juanita
Broaddrick."

The second-stage rollout — picking a fight with
Senator Clinton is a way, as they say in politics, to
"activate the base." Only the returns will be
financial, not political.

"Every single book she has done has become an instant
best-seller," said Bob Wietrak, a vice president for
merchandising at Barnes & Noble. "Her fan base is
phenomenal and she is in the media constantly. When
she is in the media, it creates more media coverage.
And every single day, the book sells more."

You get the idea. Wagging tongue, wagging fingers and
before you know it, soon enough you have hundreds of
hits on Google News for days to come (this column
among them).

And just when things threaten to slow down, Ms.
Coulter will saw into Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son
in Iraq, describing her as "a C-list celebrity
trolling for a book deal or a reality show," or accuse
a disabled Vietnam vet she was arguing with on a talk
show of being part of the reason the United States
lost the war there. Her attacks on the maimed or the
bereft engage the thermodynamics of the media
marketplace to send her to even loftier heights.

An explosive device is now baked into every book. For
"Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
(333,000 in hardcover sales, according to Nielsen
Bookscan), she called Katie Couric "the affable Eva
Braun of morning TV." We all tuned in for the ensuing
cage match, in which Ms. Couric maintained both the
higher ground and the upper hand. (That interview came
to mind last week when Ms. Coulter, back on a
Couric-less "Today" program, treated Matt Lauer like a
cat toy.)

When she was pushing "Treason: Liberal Treachery From
the Cold War to the War on Terrorism," (almost 400,000
in sales), it was all about the misunderstood genius
and patriotism of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. In "How
to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)", she let readers
in on the playbook: "You must outrage the enemy. If
you don't leave liberals in a sputtering impotent
rage, you're not doing it right." And her sales of
301,000 for what was basically a collection of columns
seem to indicate that she has mastered the form.

"Godless," which is already doing gangbuster business
according to the folks at Barnes & Noble, suggests
that liberalism "is the doctrine that prompts
otherwise seemingly sane people to propose teaching
children how to masturbate, allowing gays to marry,
releasing murderers from prison, and teaching children
that they share a common ancestor with the earthworm."

Does she believe any of this stuff? I doubt she even
knows. When I profiled Ms. Coulter a few years ago, I
never figured out the line between her art and her
artifice. She picked at her plate of lobster ravioli
before serving up Fred Flintstone-size slabs of red
meat. For the duration of the media opportunity, she
was playful and on point, other than fibbing about her
age, because she cares deeply about the franchise.

Her sincerity is beside the point as long as people
keep taking the bait. Mrs. Clinton, who is the perfect
foil for Ms. Coulter — ambitious, allergic to irony,
loathed by the people who will line up for "Godless" —
simply added fuel to a fire that she was presumably
trying to douse. All manner of televised talkfests,
including "Today," welcome Ms. Coulter's pirate
sensibilities back aboard whenever she has something
to peddle, in part because seeing hate-speech pop out
of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail
dress makes for compelling viewing.

Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just
one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse
her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is
one of the leading political writers of our age says
something about the rest of us.

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    PERSONAL PROFILE

 Secrets and lies that doomed a radical liberal 

 Dark Secrets

 Muslim women have explicit God-given rights

   GENERAL ARTICLES

 Dutch MP Creates Seismic Waves by Insulting Prophet Muhammad

 ‘Extremely Insulting’ Film Outrages Dutch Muslims

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets a boost from the Guardian 

 Van Gogh, European Purity and the ‘Muslim Problem’

 Open Letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 Free lesson on Islam 

 Hirsi Ali versus Mandela

       NEWS
 18/05/06 Dutch forced to rethink decision on Somali-born MP – Guardian
 17/05/06 Dutch MP who attacked Islam ‘packs her bags’
 16/05/06 MP in immigration row to leave Netherlands – Guardian
 16/05/06 Dutch MP lashed by asylum storm – BBC
 15/05/06 Hirsi Ali to quit parliament and the Netherlands – Radio Netherlands
 15/05/06 MP may be deported over claims she lied to win asylum 
 24/01/06 Dutch MP defies Muslim pressure – BBC

SEE ALSO

 Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Wikipedia

 Irshad Manji

 Irshad Manji’s Flawed Vision of Islam

 The Trouble with Irshad Manji – PSR

 The Trouble with ‘The Trouble with Islam’

 Muslim reformists threaten the faith

 The trouble with Islamophobia

 Support a Muslim Lesbian this New Year

 “Not-Too-Islamic” Muslims

      SEE ALSO

 Silencing the false propaganda of Irshad Manji

 Muslim author takes on Islam, ignites firestorm

 MPAC-UK discussion forum on Irshad Manji

 Hassan Butt

 The Jihadist that Turned 

 The new fundamentalism 

 Was CBS Duped by Radical Islamist?

SEE ALSO:

 Hasssan Butt – Wikipedia

 Melanie Phillips

 Mad Mel to join BNP?  Mel’s Mission against us  Melanie Phillips on Lebanon. The empire whisperer – Andrew Brown (Observer, UK) Is the BBC lost in its own Moral Maze? Black Spider: Mad Melanie Phillips Loses It With Muslims! 

 Unbelievable Hypocrisy! Hate-filled Islamophobe stereotypes Muslims as ‘Jew-haters’

 Mike O Brien and Melanie Philips: UNSPUN 

SEE ALSO

 The demonising of Islam – Inayat Bunglawala (MCB)

 Melanie Phillips Archives – Indigo Jo Blogs

 Inayat Bunglawala responds to Melanie Phillips – MCB

 Melanie Phillips official website

 Melanie Phillips – Wikipedia

 Most Islamophobic Media Personality of the Year 2003

 Tradition or Extradition – Shaikh Abdal-Hakim Murad 

 Melanie Phillips finds a Muslim she likes – Islamophobia Watch

 Sad, Old and Out of Touch: The Identity Crisis of Islamophobes – TAM

 George Monbiot on Melanie Philips

 Yellow star lie debunked – Indigo Jo Blogs

 The MMR sceptic who just doesn’t understand science

 Robert Spencer

 Spencer’s Spin  The Spencer Spin [PDF] Karen Armstrong on Robert Spencer’s ‘The Truth about MuhammadVIDEOS Robert Spencer on Islam: REFUTED 1 of 2

 Robert Spencer on Islam: REFUTED 2 of 2

SEE ALSO

 07/12/06 Qur’an is incompatible with American way of life, says Robert Spencer 

 15/09/06 Oriana Fallaci dead, Robert Spencer inconsolable 

 16/05/06 Emails From Robert Spencer – Dean Esmay

 05/09/05 Mad Mel and Robert Spencer denounce FO memo on Qaradawi 

 30/06/05 Robert Spencer’s ongoing, unshakeable quest for self-publicity 

 06/04/05 Catholics go soft on Islam, Robert Spencer complains

 Salman Rushdie 

 Sir Salman’s long journey – Priyamvada Gopal The Satanic Verses Unexpurgated – Ahmed DeedatNEWS
 02/07/07 Salman Rushdie ‘to divorce’ again 
 28/06/07 Just ignore Rushdie’s knighthood
 24/06/07 Rushdie honour breaks UN code, says Pakistan
 22/06/07 Bhutto condemns Rushdie attack
 20/06/07 Rushdie furore stuns honours committee
 20/06/07 Iran and Pakistan call for explanation of Rushdie’s knighthood 
 19/06/07 Rushdie knighthood rekindles 18-year-old controversy
 19/06/07 Pakistan joins condemnation of Rushdie’s honour 
 26/09/06 Salman Rushdie ‘feels sorry’ for Pope 

 Tawfik Hamid

 05/04/07 Trouble with Islam – Rebuttal 18/03/07 Letters to Free Press and Detroit News about Tawfik Hamid  14/03/07 Talk on Islam under fire 

 03/02/06 Tawfiq Hamid, “Islamic Reformer” Who Hates Islam

 Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels)

 When an Argument Breaks Down Most Islamophobic article of the Year?

 Dalrymple: Asian youths and “white sluts”

SEE ALSO

 Curtis Bowman blogs on Theodore Dalrymple

 V.S.Naipaul

 A Nobel for Islamophobia? Edward W. Said slammed the views on Islam expressed by Bernard Lewis and V. S. Naipaul

 The Not-so-noble side of Nobel

NEWS
 17/04/04 Naipaul’s Rage Against Islam: A Reassessment
 20/03/04 Does VS Naipaul Fail to Recognize Islam’s contribution to India?
 05/04/02 Naipaul, Islam and Gujarat riots
 26/02/02 A Convert’s Complaint: Analyzing Naipaul’s Views on Islam
 30/01/02 Naipaul’s leap into Hindutva
 04/10/01 VS Naipaul launches attack on Islam

SEE ALSO

 Critique: Beyond Belief – G. Marudhan

 Eqbal Ahmad on Beyod Belief by V.S.Naipaul

 Wafa Sultan

 WAFA SULTAN: Reformist or opportunist?

 Dr. Wafa Sultan: A Lost Opportunity 

 [PDF] Transcript Translation: al-Jazeera – The Opposite Direction (26/02/2006)

 Is Wafa Sultan a Hero(Heroine)?

 Viewpoint: Wafa Sultan misses mark

 Islam’s Ann Coulter

SEE ALSO

 Muslim R.A.H. Profile #1: Wafa Sultan – Akeel Shah Blog

 Wafa Sultan’s Interview on Israeli Radio – Akeel Shah Blog

 The Full Monty : Wafa Sultan gets served – Dr. Maxtor Blog

 Who does Wafa Sultan think she’s fooling? – Dr. Maxtor Blog

 Wafa Sultan – Wikipedia

ARTICLES

 09/03/07 The Great Pretenders Of The “Secular Islam” Conference

SEE ALSO

 Trouble With Haters – Maniac Muslim

 Honest Interviews : Ahmed Nassef – Dr.M’s Analysis

 Honest interviews : Asra Nomani – Dr.M’s Analysis

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 Trends and Flaws in Anti-Muslim Writing

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