I think it's safe to say that Ann Coulter isn't exactly my cup of tea. I mean, when the best that can be said about her is that she doesn't really mean what she says, it's a clue that your time and money is better spent elsewhere. But this response to her new book, Godless, is just plain stupid:
QUIGLEY/STENDER CALL ON NJ MERCHANTS TO BAN SALE OF 'VICIOUS' COULTER BOOK
Hate-filled Attacks on NJ 9-11 Widows Has No Place on NJ Bookshelves
(TRENTON) – Assemblywomen Joan M. Quigley and Linda Stender today castigated political commentator Ann Coulter for vicious remarks made against four New Jersey September 11th widows in her new book "Godless: The Church of Liberalism."
In her book, Coulter refers to the women as, "the Witches of East Brunswick," after the town where two of the women reside, and writes she has "…never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much." In promoting the book, she added further insult to injury by saying the women used their grief "…to make a political point," and used "…the fact that [they] lost a husband as the basis for being able to talk about it [political viewpoints]."
In response to these incendiary, hate-filled attacks on women who suffered a terrible personal tragedy four-and-a-half years ago and have selflessly advocated to improve national security in the intervening years, the Assemblywomen issued the following statement, denouncing Coulter's attacks and asking New Jersey retailers to ban the sale of her book throughout the state:
"Ann Coulter's criticism of 9-11 widows, whose only desire since the attacks have been to repair their shattered lives and protect other families from the horrors they have experienced, is motivated purely by petty greed and hate.
"Her assertion that these women enjoyed watching their husbands die on national television is hateful, hurtful, and runs counter to every sentiment expressed since the September 11th tragedy.
"Coulter's vicious characterizations and remarks are motivated by greed and her desire to sell books. By making these claims, she proves herself worse than those she is attempting to vilify – she is a leech trying to turn a profit off perverting the suffering of others.
"No one in New Jersey should buy this book and allow Ann Coulter to profit from her hate-mongering. We are asking New Jersey retailers statewide to stand with us and express their outrage by refusing to carry or sell copies of Coulter's book. Her hate-filled attacks on our 9-11 widows has no place on New Jersey bookshelves."
It appears that their hyperbolic rhetoric has caught up to them, and the press release has been edited to encourage a "boycott", rather than a "ban" (which would have been unconstitutional).
Just as Coulter has every right to say stupid things, so do these politicians have the right to ask retailers to boycott her book. Stores should be free to decide which products they want to sell, and if these politicians can convince owners that it's in their best interest to refuse to carry a book that is currently number two on Amazon's list of "Top Sellers", then all the more power to them. However, I have to marvel at the mindset that says that if someone says something that offends you, the appropriate action isn't to use your own freedom of speech to argue against it. No, you must prevent everyone else from being exposed to the offending words.