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July 10, 2006, Herald Journal

‘Godless’ is great summer reading


I just finished reading “Godless,” by Ann Coulter, last month. It is definitely a page-turner.

While I was waiting for the iron to heat up one day, I intended to read the book for only a couple of minutes. I got to the end of a chapter and glanced up at the clock. I had been reading for 15 minutes, completely captivated.

I was so engrossed in the book, I could’ve burned the house down.

“Godless” is about how liberalism has all the trappings and attributes of a religion, except no God. Liberalism has clergy, doctrines, sacraments, places of worship, miracles, and saints, just like religions do.

Coulter has a razor-sharp wit. She can take a dull subject, a political philosophy like liberalism, and write about it in a way to make it laugh-out-loud funny. The book’s a riot.

For example, in the chapter about how students’ math skills have deteriorated in the public schools, when ever she compared two numbers, she would point out to recent graduates of public schools, which number is lower.

The most hilarious part of the book, though, is about liberalism’s doctrine of infallibility. Just like many Christians believe the Bible is the infallible word of God, liberals believe there are sources of liberal information that are infallible, too.

One of those “infallible” liberal sources is Joseph C. Wilson. Liberals consider him infallible because he is married to Valerie Plame, who works for the CIA. If Wilson or anything he said is criticized, it puts him, his wife and family in danger, liberals claim, even though Plame has a desk job and is not undercover.

Plame had him sent to Niger to hobnob with officials there (he is a diplomat, after all) and find out if Iraq was buying uranium, Niger’s primary export.

Later, when President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address, mentioned Iraqis went to “Africa,” looking to buy uranium, Wilson thought Bush meant Niger. When Bush said “British intelligence,” had reported it, Wilson thought Bush meant him, even though Wilson is an American. As a result, Wilson accused Bush of lying about Iraq seeking uranium in Africa.

When it was pointed out that Plame arranged for him to go to Niger, probably because of his diplomatic skills, and that Wilson had no idea what British intelligence agents had found, liberals screamed that Plame’s cover had been blown.

If you like to laugh at liberals, you will love this book.

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