In Godless: The Church of Liberalism (Crown Forum, 2006), HUMAN EVENTS legal affairs correspondent Ann Coulter lays out one of the most original and perceptive philosophies on the cult of liberalism.
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She states, “Under the guise of not favoring religion, liberals favor one cosmology over another and demand total indoctrination into theirs. The state religion of liberalism demands obeisance (to the National Organization for Women), tithing (to teachers’ unions), reverence (for abortion), and formulaic imprecations (‘Bush lied, kids died!” ‘Keep your laws off my body!’ ‘Arms for hostages!’). Everyone is taxed to support indoctrination into the state religion through public schools where innocent children are taught a specific belief system, rather than, say, math.”
For years liberals have relied on a strategy of faking out the American public in order to win elections. Instead of accurately articulating their beliefs and engaging in an honest debate, they scour the nation for the perfect patsy. A hysterical mother who is willing to go on national television and call the President a “fuhrer” and “evil maniac” is akin to seeing the stigmata. Liberals’ ecstasy over Cindy Sheehan, Max Cleland, and the widows who made a spectacle of themselves in the midst of the 9/11 Commission epitomizes their secret weapon for winning back America — a doctrine of infallibility in which victory goes to the most hysterical.
As Coulter writes:
Finally, the Democrats hit on an ingenious strategy: They would choose only messengers whom we’re not allowed to reply to. That’s why all Democratic spokesmen these days are sobbing, hysterical women. You can’t respond to them because that would be questioning the authenticity of their suffering. Liberals haven’t changed the message, just the messenger. All the most prominent liberal spokesmen are people with “absolute moral authority” — Democrats with a dead husband, a dead child, a wife who works at the CIA, a war record, terminal illness, or as a last resort, being on a first-name basis with Nelson Mandela. Like Oprah during Sweeps Week, liberals have come to rely exclusively on people with sad stories to improve their Q rating. They’ve become the “Lifetime” TV Network of political parties. Liberals prey on people at a time of extreme emotional vulnerability and offer them fame and fortune to be that month’s purveyor of hate. Victory goes to the most hysterical.
By embracing phony prophets, liberals strip away any honesty and credibility they may have once had with the public. Unlike Christians, liberals can’t shield themselves from criticism by referring to their most outspoken nuts as just a small group of fringe leaders. On the contrary, their leaders are writing curriculum for public schools, cloning obnoxious “apple-polishers” at colleges and universities and intimidating small towns with baseless lawsuits.
In the aptly titled chapter, “The Liberal Priesthood: Spare the Rod, Spoil the Teacher,” Coulter peels back the political correctness surrounding the public education bureaucracy, “We are simultaneously supposed to gasp in awe at teachers’ raw dedication and be forced to listen to their incessant caterwauling about how they don’t make enough money. Well, which is it? Are they dedicated to teaching or are they in it for the money? After all the carping about how little teachers are paid, if someone enters the teaching profession for the big bucks, aren’t they too stupid to be teaching our kids?”
Books like The Professors, Brainwashed and The Shadow University, exposed liberals’ stranglehold on college campuses. But it wasn’t until 10th-grader Sean Allen taped his world geography teacher’s rant against President Bush that many Americans woke up to the reality of what is going on in K-12 public schools. During his world geography class, Jay Bennish engaged in a 20 minute tirade against President Bush and America, leading to the unoriginal conclusion that Bush is like Hitler. Coulter writes, “Anyone who uses this adolescent cliché should not be in the tenth grade, much less teaching it.” Congratulations, Jay Bennish, this clever observation makes you qualified to replace a nose-pierced barista at Starbucks!
Comparing priests and teachers, Coulter notes, “The worst scandal to hit the real churches in 20 years is the priest child-molestation scandal — which pales in comparison to the teacher child-molestation problem.” By comparing studies done on the number of children sexually abused by priests and those sexually abused by teachers and accounting for unreported cases, Coulter concludes that there are roughly 821 children abused by priests per year and 32,000 children abused by educators per year. Given the increasingly explicit sex-education curriculum foisted on children and the incessant assurance from “experts” like Dr. Jocelyn Elders and U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop that it’s OK for children to be sexual beings, it’s no wonder that predatory teachers treat them as such.
Much of Godless exposes the contempt that liberals have for science, especially as it relates to disproving their religious doctrine. Using their strategy of capitalizing on sympathetic messengers, liberals counter science by parading Christopher Reeves, Michael J. Fox and the Reagan family in order to distract from the evidence favoring adult stem cell research over embryonic stem cell research. Coulter puts together an impressive list of successful achievements using adult stem cells, including repairing spinal cord injuries, treating sickle-cell anemia, restoring bone marrow in cancer patients, restoring eye sight and repairing weakened heart muscles. However, adult stem cell research does lack one crucial element — it doesn’t involve the destruction of life. Coulter writes, “At least embryonic stem-cell researchers have a clear financial incentive to lie about adult stem-cell research. Liberals just want to kill humans. … Stem-cell research on embryos is an even worse excuse for the slaughter of life than abortion. No woman is even being spared an inconvenience this time.”
The final chapters of Godless should be required reading for all science classes, much like Treason should be required for all American history classes. Coulter illustrates why evolution is so important to the church of liberalism, “Liberals’ creation myth is Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is about one notch above Scientology in scientific rigor. It’s a make-believe story, based on a theory that is a tautology, with no proof in the scientist’s laboratory or the fossil record — and that’s after 150 years of very determined looking. We wouldn’t still be talking about it but for the fact that liberals’ think evolution disproves God.”
With the help of the ACLU, liberals and their lawsuits have intimidated school districts into teaching evolution or what Coulter calls — quoting mathematician David Berlinski — “the last of the 19th century mystery religions.” It’s the equivalent of pointing and yelling, “Witch!” In Dover, Pa., a small group of parents backed by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State sued the school district to prevent the teaching of intelligent design in a high school biology class. The judge ruled in their favor and the school district was ordered to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees, in excess of $1 million. Coulter explains, “After Dover, no school district will dare breathe a word about ‘intelligent design,’ unless they want to risk being bankrupted by ACLU lawsuits. The Darwinists have saved the secular sanctity of their temples: the public schools. They didn’t win on science, persuasion, or the evidence. They won the way liberals always win: by finding a court to hand them everything they want on a silver platter.”
For those of us who had to endure countless viewings of “Inherit the Wind” when biology teachers had a hangover and needed the lights off, Coulter gives the true history behind the Scopes trial in Dayton, Tenn. This phony trial was conceived by civic leaders and the ACLU, who agreed upfront to pay for costs incurred by the defense and the prosecution. Coulter writes, “The rest of Tennessee was not so thrilled with Dayton’s public relations stunt. Chattanooga Congressman Foster V. Brown summarized the whole affair when he said the trial was ‘not a fight for evolution or against evolution, but a fight against obscurity.'”
Liberals weren’t the first to use Darwinism to justify a political movement. After reading “The Origin of Species,” Karl Marx wrote, “This is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our views.” Coulter writes, “While Marx saw the ‘struggle’ as among classes, Hitler conceived of the struggle as among the races. ‘Mein Kampf’ means ‘My Struggle,’ which Hitler described in unmistakably Darwinian terms.”
From Darwinism to Nazism to Liberalism — finally, some proof in favor of evolution!
In the mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap,” one of the band members points out to a journalist that while most amp volume knobs go to 10, theirs go to 11. To borrow from the philosophy of Spinal Tap, Godless is Coulter at 11 — at her funniest and most insightful. In How to Talk to Liberal (If You Must), Coulter writes, “People don’t get angry when lies are told about them; they get angry when the truth is told about them.” Perhaps the best compliment one can give to Godless is that it will totally enrage liberals.