For all of you in bloggyland not aware of the Ann Coulter contraversy of late I will include the SNC's links below my Ann Coulter diatribe.
Here's a brief synopsis: Ann Coulter the extremely sexy for a pundit 48 year old Michiga-trained lawyer cum political debater. Coulter is a mouthpiece for the Republican party a female version of Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly or Falwell.
Although Coulter said some "not so nice" things about Muslims at recent Canadian universities, she is more of a latter day Archie Bunker. Coulter's speech is not hate speech but definitely racist. Hate speech is a crime in Canada, however, off-handed remarks can only label the speechster a racist.
With the label of racist, comes the view that the person is 'pig-headed" and/or "ignorant". Racist views disclose a prejudiced way of seeing a group of people or minority or majority for that matter, although this is not usually the case.
In a way, I feel sorry for Ann Coulter. She must have limited intelligence in some way. If she wanted to diffuse the problem with a certain sect this is definitely not the way to do it. Ann Coulter should have used less heated words and phrases to bring her point to the table.
Poor lil' rich girl Coulter has obviously had it too good in the States where free speech is akin to a demi-god. In Canada we must watch our "p's and q's", we must try to appear fair, or receive the wrath and the rap from various departments of Human Rights. Ann Coulter was walking that dangerous fine line. If she is a lawyer she should study the various foreign laws before departing on her tour of punditisms.
To play the devil's advocate today, I will defend Ann Coulter in this way. She should, as a person, be allowed to say what is on her mind to some extent. If she is Irish, for example (I don't think she is?) she could say an Irish joke or two without fear of reprisal from or insult from anyone because she is Irish (if she is Irish, this is just an example). However, I do not believe that Ann Coulter is a muslim so she should be respectful of their history. Ann should have clearly stated her problem is with the Al Quaeda branch of radical Islamic fundamentalism. Period. Unfortunately Ann did not make this fine distinction.
In my opinion, Ann Coulter should formally apologize for any insult to the muslim population. This would be the right thing to do. And for a right-winger, long overdue. Sorry Ann, even though you are one sexy b*tch pundit, you do need a proverbial "slap on the wrist". However you do not deserve to be labelled a Hate criminal. Not yet anyway.