I did so after explaining to Coulter that her mere presence at the event and the shameless exploitation of her image by GOProud conferred approval, as did her comments that she had more areas of agreement with GOProud than disagreements.
I did so in the context of what I saw and still see as a near complete capitulation of the Republican establishment and the conservative movement to a “big tent” that includes acceptance of a radical homosexual agenda.
I did so while continuing to carry Coulter’s column.
In return, I was attacked personally by Coulter as a “swine,” a “publicity whore” and as a “fake Christian.” I was also vilified for supposedly never having actually booked Coulter to speak at our conference, when the truth is she was paid half her fee in advance, and our company has made no request for reimbursement.
Yet there are still people out there so beholden to the infallibility of their conservative celebrities that they believe I owe Coulter an apology.
Not only will I not apologize for disinviting Coulter to WND’s “Taking America Back National Conference” after reading excerpts of her message to GOProud, I am more persuaded than ever that I did the right thing and would do it again.
I am far from alone in viewing Coulter’s acceptance of that high-profile speaking engagement as further evidence of a weakening of the resolve within the conservative movement in defending marriage, the integrity of the U.S. military and the First Amendment by embracing as allies those who attack all three of those institutions, while championing the false notion that Americans should be granted special privileges and protections based on the perverse sex acts they prefer.
Coulter’s action cannot be judged in a moral and political vacuum. Same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the military and hate-crimes legislation are all political realities that are being shoved down the throats of Americans against their expressed will. This is hardly the time to be singing Kumbaya with the radical advocates of those positions. They’re winning. America is losing.
I am also lectured by this blogger that I am on shaky ground from a Christian standpoint because “Jesus associated with all kinds of controversial individuals/groups, to the chagrin of angry Pharisees.” Again, this is a non sequitur because I never chastised Coulter or anyone else for associating with sinners. In fact, I invited the founder of GOProud to our conference and debated him openly on the issues – a fact seemingly lost on the ill-informed, mud-slinging blogger.
He ends his missive by revealing his ultimate point: “[N]obody familiar with her career should have doubted her for a second.”
In other words, we should, in all circumstances, be blindly loyal to our conservative celebrities without daring to hold them accountable to their principles.
I can promise you I will never apologize for refusing to follow that path.
By the way, has anyone considered what Ann Coulter might have said to “Homocon” had her feathers not been ruffled by the accountability she received from me and WND?