Friday, February 10, 2006

Ann Coulter Threatens to Kill the President

Refers to Muslims as "ragheads." Dick Cheney complicit. Will Coulter be arrested? Will riots break out due to Muslim insult? Will any Republican denounce Coulter or Cheney?

Bill Bennett tried to cause a few more riots in the Muslim world by slandering all Muslimn.

BENNETT: Let's go beyond cartoons. The other story out of Iran is the story of two young girls who were raped. The girl defended herself and stabbed her attacker. She is now sentenced to be hanged under Islamic law. This isn't a caricature, this isn't a cartoon, this is a peak into the soul of that faith, when it's run through a government. It's a real story and it deserves to be criticized.

ZOGBY: It's not a peak into Islam, it's a peek into the outrages that take place in contemporary Iran, which is not synonymous with Islam...

BENNETT: It's recognized Islamic theology, it is Islamic theology...

ZOGBY: The policy of the Catholics during the Inquisition is not synonymous with my church, nor is the policy of the Islamic extremists synonymous with the Prophet Mohammed. Let's be fair and use one standard. I agree, we have a double standard and frankly I think the way this story is cast is the wrong double standard.

BENNETT: Here's the standard. Catholicism is as Catholicism does, Judaism is as Judaism does, and by God Islam is as Islam does and what it's doing right now I wouldn't wanted to associated with.

ZOGBY: As President Bush has said correctly, hundreds of millions of believing Muslims do not practice these things, did not burn embassies, do not behead people...

Dick Cheney, Bill Frist, and Ann Coulter jump in as well. Thursday night Cheney spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention, a big Republican affair. The keynote speaker waa Ann Coulter. Also in attendance was Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Now what kind of people attend this event? People who rise up in boisterous applause when keynote speakers call Arabs and Muslims "ragheads." That's a racial slur, BTW.

Max Blumenthal reports on the event at the Huffington Post:
Coulter on Muslims:

"I think our motto should be post-9-11, 'raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'" (This declaration prompted a boisterous ovation.)

Coulter on killing Bill Clinton:

(Responding to a question from a Catholic University student about her biggest moral or ethical dilemma) "There was one time I had a shot at Clinton. I thought 'Ann, that's not going to help your career.'"

Coulter on moderate Republicans:

"There is more dissent on a slave plantation then amongst moderates in the Republican party."

Coulter on the Holocaust:

"Iran is soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust. So far, only Ted Rall, Garry Trudeau, and the NY Times have made submissions."

Coulter on the Supreme Court:

"If we find out someone [referring to a terrorist] is going to attack the Supreme Court next week, can't we tell Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalito?"

So, at a time when Muslims are rioting, attacking and killing people because of racial slurs, Coulter decides to whip things up a bit more. Then she jokes about murdering a former president and blowing up the Supreme Court - things that get you investigated normally in America.

It is a federal offense to threaten the life of a former U.S. president. Section 879 of Title 18 prohibits "knowing and willful threats to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm against the following categories of persons who are protected by the United States Secret Service" including former presidents.

What does Frist think of Coulter's remarks?
After Coulter's speech, (Blumenthal) approached Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in the CPAC exhibitor's hall. I asked him what he thought of Coulter's characterization 15 minutes earlier of Muslims as "ragheads." HIs reply? "I wasn't there so I better not comment."

So does Dick Cheney think Muslims are "ragheads"? Does he think Clinton should be assassinated? Do all Republicans?

There's been a lot of racial slurs coming from members of the Republican party this past week. While it may not be true that all Republicans are racist, it certainly does seem to be true that all racists are Republican.

Are you happy with the Republican party?