If we did not already know that racial harmony is a myth, the words of Ann Coulter could not have made the point more clearly. Always ready to spread bile and hate, Ms. Coulter traveled to speak at Canadian universities, but had to cancel an appearance last Tuesday night when protesters showed up en masse to stand against her appearance.
What could Ms. Coulter have possibly done or said that might have brought about this kind of protest? First, we must remember that this is the same Ann Coulter who publicly said all Jews should accept Jesus and wrote:
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.
Note that she wrote that exactly two days after the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States. Somehow, in her mind, being Christian might have prevented the terrorist attacks from happening.
What sparked the protests were remarks she made in regards to Muslims being allowed to fly on airplanes. She said that if they wanted to fly, they should have to ride on flying carpets. When a student asked her honestly how she could get anywhere if she could not fly on an airplane, Coulter replied that she could ride on a camel.
Does it matter at all that the student in question is against the existence of the state of Israel? I don’t think that it does. She is entitled to have her own political opinions, no matter how incorrect they are. Saying that over one billion people should not have the right to fly on airplanes because of the monstrous actions of a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of those people is absurd.
The following day, Coulter explained that telling the student to “take a camel” was her brand of satire. “I can say it a lot quicker with a joke, and by the way, they wouldn’t be bringing me in here for a speech if I never told a joke, if I never used satire.”
That’s perfectly well and good, but telling a student that she should take a camel since she shouldn’t fly in a plane is not satire. There is a fairly thick line between satire and outright bigotry, and Ms. Coulter seems to love to thrash that line to pieces.
On top of thrashing the line, Ms. Coulter has decided the best way to express her feelings is to claim that she is the victim of a hate crime based on a letter she received from the provost of one of the schools prior to coming to Canada warning her that speech that was hateful towards one group of people would not be tolerated. The letter further stated, “I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind.” A helpful warning that somehow got turned into a hate crime? Only in Ann Coulter’s world.