Exclusive Interview: Coulter Says Book Examines 'Mental Disorder' of Liberalism

In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Ann Coulter explains what motivated her to write her just-released book Godless: The Church of Liberalism (Crown Forum, 2006), how faith played a role, what “virtues” the Church of Liberalism promotes and much more.

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What led you to write Godless: The Church of Liberalism?

It’s the third of a trilogy. Slander was about liberals’ methods, Treason was about the political consequences of liberalism, and Godless is about the underlying mental disease that creates liberalism.

How did your own faith contribute to your book’s premise?

Although my Christianity is somewhat more explicit in this book, Christianity fuels everything I write. Being a Christian means that I am called upon to do battle against lies, injustice, cruelty, hypocrisy—you know, all the virtues in the church of liberalism. As St. Paul said, if Christ is not risen from the dead, then eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

How do you think Godless will be received by conservatives? How about liberals?

Hmmmm, well, I think conservatives will say, “Oh I see. They’re Godless. Now I understand liberals.” Liberals will say, “Who-less”?

In Godless, you mention that a far greater number of children are sexually abused each year by educators than by priests. You also write about the sex-education programs in public schools. What suggestions do you have for parents on dealing with these issues?

As an emergency measure: home school. As a long term solution: encourage your home-schooled children to become public school teachers and destroy the temple of liberalism.

A large portion of the book addresses the left’s contempt for science. Why do you think the left is uneasy with the scientific facts you discuss regarding AIDS, gender differences, IQ and embryonic and adult stem-cell research?

Because science is not susceptible to their crying and hysterics.

Why do you think the left uses mouthpieces like Cindy Sheehan and Max Cleland to advance their message?

So they can engage in crying and hysterics and hope this will prevent us from responding.

George Clooney said that it was difficult making his movie Good Night and Good Luck because so many people had read your book, Treason, which exposed the truth about Soviet agents in the U.S. government and exonerated Sen. Joseph McCarthy. What impact do you hope Godless will have on the political scene and people’s misconceptions about evolution?

I would like evolution to join the roster of other discredited religions, like the Cargo Cult of the South Pacific. Practitioners of Cargo Cult believed that manufactured products were created by ancestral spirits, and if they imitated what they had seen the white man do, they could cause airplanes to appear out of the sky, bringing valuable cargo like radios and TVs. So they constructed “airport towers” out of bamboo and “headphones” out of coconuts and waited for the airplanes to come with the cargo. It may sound silly, but in defense of the Cargo Cult, they did not wait as long for evidence supporting their theory as the Darwinists have waited for evidence supporting theirs.

You frequently write about liberals’ using the courts to advance their agenda. Should conservatives start doing the same by electing and embracing conservative activist judges?

Only long enough to get liberals to admit that judicial activism isn’t so much fun when the rabbit has the gun.

As a popular speaker on college campuses, you’ve become very familiar with the “apple-polishers” and their liberal professors. What can conservative students do to combat liberalism on their campuses?

I recommend bringing a tape-recorder to class, taking lots of notes and then writing a bestselling book like my friend Ben Shapiro’s Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth. If every right-wing student reading this wrote a book about his college experience, they would all be bestsellers because normal Americans will not believe what is happening on college campuses across America.

What do you enjoy most about your life as a best-selling author and columnist? What do you enjoy the least?

Enjoy most: the prospect of having an impact on the public debate. Irritating liberals is a close second. Enjoy least: the travel.

In your column following the terrorist attacks on September 11, you revealed that when you wrote your columns, you pictured Ted and Barbara Olson reading them at their breakfast table. How does having such a specific audience help you while writing?

When I was writing High Crimes and Misdemeanors, the magnificent writer Joe Sobran gave me the greatest advice a writer could ever get. I called him in desperation, because I was pulling my hair out trying to write the Whitewater chapter. I explained to him that the reason Whitewater was so hard to write about was that the financial transactions comprising Whitewater were incredibly complicated—and they were complicated for a reason: to hide what was really going on. After I whined for about five minutes about how impossible this made it to explain the scandal, Joe told me to write down exactly what I had just said to him—in fact, to write the entire chapter like I was writing an e-mail to him. I did, and the Economist (written by the only economists on earth who liked Hillary’s health care plan) described it as one of the clearest explanations of the Whitewater scandal out there.

So now I write everything like I’m e-mailing one of my friends—often a friend I’ve been arguing with about whatever I am writing. I think the writing is better, and it’s a lot more fun.

Also, I noticed that when I e-mailed my friends asking them to explain some point of law to me so I could put it in my book, I’d get a lot of convoluted jargon that read like an 18th-Century legal brief. But when I sent them an e-mail casually asking, “Hey, what do you think of William Ginsberg [Monica Lewinsky’s attorney]?” I would get back some of the most beautiful prose ever written. So I recommend to all writers that they write like they’re sending an e-mail to a friend—or enemy, for some really punchy writing.

What books do you look forward to reading this summer?

I think I’ll just keep reading Godless over and over again. I love it so!