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The Punishment of Imus: What about Coulter and Limbaugh?

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In the wake of the firing of Don Imus, while I applaud NBC and MSNBC for at least doing the right thing, in this country, there is systemic problem when people would even think that language like that is funny.  Any apology if given frequently holds little meaning and sincerity.  After a while it becomes just words without feeling behind it. He is not the first and only one, and will not be the last.  But, what he said on his radio simulcast pails in comparison to the many demonic rants of Ann Coulter.

Her last bout of name calling was when she called former Senator John Edwards a “f*ggot” at a CPAC convention and while many took it to mean a form of Gay bashing, she was invited on to numerous talk shows to explain herself.  She stated that she meant it as a school-yard taunt and given her character, I just do not believe her explanation.  Exactly where was the wall-to-wall coverage showing any public outrage to her statement? It was no where to be seen.  No one treated her as a pariah as is being done with Imus.

After her book came out, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism”, she called four widows of 9/11 “witches” yet no one said, we will not have Ann Coulter on.  If we are to pay homage to those that died on that horrific day, she should have been shunned like the Amish do within their society when someone has brought disgrace upon it.

In fact she made an appearance at a book store not too far from me and I do remember seeing a picture in Newsday of an audience beaming with delight that she was there.  It was sickening.

While Imus’s racial slurs directed at the Rutger’s women’s basketball team were at best distasteful and at worse heinous, they did not advocate the use of violence or even suggest it.  They were racial as well as misogynistic. Call it the ultimate foot in mouth incident in which he was soundly spanked in front of the entire country.

On one such occasion long before her latest book came out, Coulter said, “We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens Crème Brulée” which she later defended as being a joke; dare I say that some nut job out there that believes as she does would actually attempt it?  Celebrities have power behind their words, yet she keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny.  No offense to the bunny. 

On Aug. 20, 2002, she was quoted by the New York Observer when she said, "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building." Could some nut job again take that to mean she wants it blown up and actually carry it out?  Heaven forbid if someone did do just that?  Don’t these quotes rise to the level of shouting fire in a crowded auditorium?  All of which is not protected by free speech. 

While we are on the subject of racial slurs against Blacks, Coulter once said, "Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven 'principles' of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life – economics, work, personality, even litter removal." One wonders if she was ever made to walk the walk of shame for that one. By the way she said that on, Dec. 24, 2002.  What a nice Christian thing to say coming from a professed Christian. 

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Let the bile rise up in your throat as you read these vile comments made by Coulter and reported in this Salon.com article. Coulter stated, "These people can't even wrap up genocide,” That is exactly what she said of the most innocent victims of this brutal genocide occurring in Darfur. Exactly where is the wall-to-wall coverage and outrage by the media, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton and anyone else I can think of? 

She then goes onto add, "We've been hearing about this slaughter in Darfur forever -- and they still haven't finished. The aggressors are moving like termites across that country. It's like genocide by committee. Who's running this holocaust in Darfur, FEMA?"  If we are to be fair in carrying out any punishment towards any celebrity, then it is time that Ann Coulter faces her just punishment as well.  In that same column she also targets those of Jewish faith.  She is an equal opportunity racist and hate-monger. 

It is now time for every news organization to pull her columns from any paper that still carries them.  It is time for any news cast not to invite her on their show to give any political opinion.  It is time for any publisher to turn their back on future publications of any book she may be presently working on.  It is time for every single book store to throw out her books and take the loss.  Quite simply, it is time to ban Ann Coulter’s hateful speech coming from any medium.  It is time that corporate America says to various media outlets that if you have Ann Coulter on, we will not buy ad space on your networks or through your papers. 

The reason I am so adamant in my anger towards her comments of innocent victims in Darfur is because many are children.  I have written of similar accounts that are happening in The Congo in which female children as young as three year olds are being used as sex slaves and have gun barrels shoved up their vaginas as a form of torture.  The torturer basically gets his jollies by pulling the trigger to see what reaction he gets from his victim. Yet, Coulter can get away vile statements? 

I take free speech very seriously, but when it comes to the rapes and murders of innocent children over in Darfur as well as the Congo; guess whose side I come down on?  Are we so desensitized to violence that we cannot even react to statements like hers when it comes to the most innocent amongst us, namely children? 

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Now here is where we go deeper into the systemic problem within this country.  Right now we are fighting a sectarian and civil war in Iraq in which innocent Iraqis are being killed.  The Lancet places that number over 600,000.  Some will call those of Islamic heritage rag-heads or worse.  I feel that in doing so, it dehumanizes these people so we no longer think of any of them as being fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.  We just see them as collateral damage. 

On September 12th, 2001, Coulter said, "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 to Ann, not every person of the Islamic faith were the ones that carried out those deadly attacks.  Some even showed great compassion towards our victims.  We do not even have the right to convert anyone to Christianity especially when we come in with guns blazing.  Not everyone in this country is Christian and some do not even follow any religion.  Hey, big news, some do not even believe in God as is their right. 

Shifting the focus off of that deeper issue and targeting another hate-monger, let us talk of Rush Limbaugh.  This is one beauty of a quote, “They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it.”

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I am a writer who currently writes pieces for my own blog http://www.mary-macelveen.blogspot.com I have been published by Buzzflash.com, TheLiberalPatriot.org and MikeHersh.com. I was a guest on the Jay Diamond Radio Show on WRKO in Boston and have (more...)
 

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