Summary: In Godless: The Church of Liberalism, conservative writer Ann Coulter once again goes on the warpath to denounce what she sees as the failings of the liberal agenda. She covers a number of different topics in the book, including abortion, crime and punishment, teachers, “sobbing hysterical women”, and evolution. Coulter first explains liberal ideals in each of these categories, then dismantles them with counterarguments — all the while interspersing various barbs and zingers along the way to make her contempt perfectly clear.
Anyone the least bit familiar with Coulter ought to know her position on these issues from the outset. Coulter is against abortion, thinks criminals cannot be rehabilitated, thinks teachers receive quite enough compensation and aren’t held accountable enough for students’ failings, cannot stand the show put on by Cindy Sheehan and some 9/11 widows who think they can dictate policy just because they’ve lost a loved one, and firmly believes that evolution is a hoax. Coulter cites reasons (not always facts, but lots of reasons) for her stand on these issues, though she doesn’t really bother trying to convince readers to join her. I think she knows as well as anyone else that her fans already agree with her, her critics will never agree, and there’s no middle ground with someone as polarizing as this.
- I absolutely agree with Coulter about the sobbing hysterical women thing. Just because you lost a son in Iraq, that doesn’t give you the right to make demands of the president and turn into a self-important shrew. Just because you lost husbands in the 9/11 attacks doesn’t give you the right to adopt the event as your own personal tragedy. These things affect the nation as a whole, not just individuals.
- I think Coulter is pretty funny most of the time. I enjoy her wit even though I don’t always agree with what she’s saying. This book was chock-full of laugh-out-loud lines, which kept me going even when the subject matter got boring.
- I listened to the audio book version and thought the reader Elizabeth White did a tremendous job of expressing the sarcasm that Coulter clearly intended. This could have been a disaster with a lesser narrator!
- I got bored with the evolution chapters because Coulter just went on and on and on and on about the subject. I get that she wanted to point out as many shortcomings as possible, but seriously, I got tired of the repetitiveness. Also, I’ve read a few reviewers who said that Coulter’s own counterarguments against evolution are just as faulty or embarrassingly wrong as the stuff she’s trying to disprove. I’m not gonna go out there and try to verify everything, but I just thought I should mention this.
I’m usually a fan of Coulter’s weekly syndicated column and her talk show appearances, but her books don’t often do much for me. Godless: The Church of Liberalism was kind of par for the course in that respect. Some of the stuff she says in here was pertinent and interesting, but she her tendency to beat a dead horse is off-putting to say the least. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.