Monday, February 13, 2006


Of Coulter, Just Halt-her...

Kudos to David Hogberg for slapping Ann Coulter for her comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.

[S]he made the following "joke": "I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'rag head talks tough, rag head faces consequences.'"

How stupid are such remarks? Let us count the ways.

First off, they're racist. There is no difference between using "rag head" and using "nigger," "spic," or "honky." Perhaps it could have been excused had she made it clear she was referring to Islamists and not Muslims in general, but she did not. Indeed, her speech seemed to suggest that she wasn't making that distinction. It is cliche, but true: the vast majority of Muslims are not Islamists.
Well, yeah. But beyond that: Not all "ragheads" are even Muslim: Sikhs cover their heads in turbans as well and they are most decidely NOT Muslim. In fact, in many countries, they've historically been victimized by Muslims (Islamist or otherwise).

Hogberg was in no way defending Ann and I seriously commend him for going after her, but it really is important to underscore exactly how offensive her comments were -- and not just to the ethnic "target" for which she was aiming.

They should be deemed offensive regardless of one's religion and whether one is conservative, American or just anyone of good will, sense and manners.

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