Monday, April 10, 2006

Coultergeist

Matt Drudge is reporting that Ann Coulter's new screed is due out in June and will bear the title Godless: The Church of Liberalism. With chapter titles like "On the Seventh Day God Rested and the Liberals Schemed", the books is undoubtedly based on the canard, ever-popular in right wing circles, that liberals are all a bunch of god-hating atheists who abort fetuses for fun and would whip Jesus Christ Mel Gibson-style if only given half the chance.

I call it a "canard" because the idea of godless hordes of American liberals is demonstrably false. As I showed a year ago in a post called "Sinners in the Hands of A Right-Wing God", even if you assume that every atheist in America voted Democrat in the 2004 presidential election, fully 83.54% of Kerry supporters believe in god. (Not that religious sentiment really matters. Andrew Sullivan wrote a series of posts recently about atheism and politics that's worth a look.)

There are countless left-wing movements that have been animated, at least in part, by religious belief. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Reinhold Niebuhr—can anyone argue that these people are godless? Well, if anyone can, it's Ann Coulter, America's strongest argument against "intelligent" design.

According to the Drudge post, Godless is set to be released on June 6. That's 6/6/06. Hmm. Someone seems to have struck a deal with the devil, and it ain't the liberals. I guess it would explain her baffling popularity.
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