Conservative pundit Ann Coulter accused Democrats of faking belief in God to win votes and claimed response to her most recent book proves that liberals admit they are godless.
Most negative reaction to Coulter’s Godless: The Church of Liberalism came from her slamming four 9/11 widows known as “the Jersey Girls” as “witches and harpies” and accusing them of exploiting their grief for political reasons.
But in an interview on the July 21 edition of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club,” Coulter said no one has really complained about the title of her book.
“I think I would have noticed if somebody called me godless,” she said. “But I really haven’t heard people protest about that. No, they’re upset about what I say about the Jersey Girls. But, oh, yeah, O.K., we’re all godless. So I think we all are on record now, officially liberals have admitted they are godless and don’t even mind it. Maybe they are saying ‘Who?’-less.”
Asked what she thinks of efforts by Democrats to open their party to people of faith, Coulter said: “They know they need the votes of Christians and you always hear them talking about how, ‘Gosh, how do we get the believer vote?’ The way to do that I think is to be a believer and not to keep trying to fake a belief in God.”
Coulter alluded to a gaffe by former presidential candidate Howard Dean, who when asked by a reporter to name his favorite part of the New Testament answered with the Old Testament book of Job. She didn’t respond directly to a mention by co-host Gordon Robertson of a recent speech by Sen. Barak Obama, D-Ill., chastising fellow Democrats for failing to “acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people.”
Coulter’s book doesn’t say if she belongs to a particular denomination, or if or where she attends worship, but she identifies herself as a Christian. Asked about criticism in the press about her book, Coulter quipped, “Well, as you know, we kind of think it’s macho as Christians, since it was predicted we would be hated.”
An April 17, 2005, profile in Time said she attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church–a Presbyterian Church of America congregation in Manhattan–and brings “lots of people” to church.
The Raw Story Web site, however, quoted a staff member at the church who could not confirm if Coulter had ever been there. “The only thing I have heard is hearsay that she is an attender,” Cregan Cooke, Redeemer Presbyterian’s communications and media director said. “Our database shows that she is not a member.”
Cooke said celebrities often claim a dubious connection to the congregation. “People from Robin Williams to Diane Sawyer have claimed to attend services here, but I don’t actually know if they have,” he said. “And I don’t know anybody that would have seen Ann Coulter. We don’t really know her.”
Contact persons for Coulter’s publisher and Web site did not respond to e-mails asking about her religious affiliation before this story’s deadline.
In an interview on HumanEvents.com, Coulter is quoted as saying: “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.”
Asked by Salon in 2003 if she is a fundamentalist Christian, Coulter replied: “I don’t think I’ve described myself that way, but only because I’m from Connecticut. We just won’t call ourselves that. I suppose if you broke it down, yeah, I’m a Christian. I’m not sure I particularly disagree with people who do call themselves fundamentalist Christians. It just seems odd, that phraseology.”
World Magazine quoted her as telling a University of Texas audience she didn’t care when people say bad things about her because, “Christ died for my sins and nothing else matters.”
Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics said while Coulter labels herself a Christian, most practicing Christians attend church regularly enough to be recognized by a staff member and talk openly about their church affiliation.
Parham said Christians should seek to follow the teachings of Jesus. “Authentic Christianity is not a weapon with which to bash political opponents,” he said. “It’s not the sole ownership of a political party. It’s not gimmick to sell books.”
Parham said “history is littered with those who misused Christianity for all kinds of selfish and harmful reasons.”
The Time article described Coulter’s father as a Catholic and mother as a Presbyterian. It mentioned the religious affiliation of her two brothers but not her own. It also reported she drinks, smokes, curses and once dated the son of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione.
It quoted Jerry Falwell as an example of a fan desiring some distance from her worldly image: “Ann is a brilliant girl, and she’s got the quickest mouth in the East. Now, I probably wouldn’t use her on Sunday morning in my church, because she is capable of getting a little aggressive.”
Coulter’s comments on religion have sometimes landed her in hot water.
She said of Muslims dancing in the streets following 9/11, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
Defending the statement in an interview with Katie Couric, she said: “As for converting them to Christianity, I think it might be a good idea to get them on some sort of hobby other than slaughtering infidels. I mean perhaps that’s the Peace Corps, perhaps it’s working for Planned Parenthood, but I’ve never seen the transforming effect of anything like that Christianity.”
Coulter called the war on terror a religious war, explaining: “This is a religious war, not against Islam but for Christianity, for a Christian nation. When this nation was founded, there was nothing like it. Our founders said there is a God and we are all equal before God. The ideal of equality and tolerance is like nothing that has ever existed in the world before. That, too, is a Christian value. The concept of equality, especially when it comes to gender equality, was not invented by Gloria Steinem. It was invented by Jesus Christ. As long as people look long enough, they will always come to Christianity.”
Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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