After lauding the elections in Iraq as "one of the grandest events in the history of the world" in her February 3 nationally syndicated column, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter cited reports of Iraqis celebrating in the streets on election day and added parenthetically: "Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?"
Coulter's comment came after she quoted Senator John Kerry from his January 30 appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, in which he said, "No one in the United States should try to overhype this election." Coulter wrote: "Apparently, word didn't get out to the Iraqis, who were dancing and singing in the streets. (Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?)"
Coulter's February 3 comment is the latest in a string of anti-Muslim remarks. For example:
- From the October 4, 2004, edition of FOX News Channel's Hannity and Colmes:
ALAN COLMES (co-host): Would you like to convert these people [Muslims] all to Christianity?
COULTER: The ones that we haven't killed, yes.
COLMES: So no one should be Muslim. They should all be Christian?
COULTER: That would be a good start, yes.
- From Coulter's April 28, 2004, nationally syndicated column:
Like many of you, I carefully reviewed the lawsuits against the airlines in order to determine which airlines had engaged in the most egregious discrimination, so I could fly only that airline. But oddly, rather than bragging about the charges, the airlines heatedly denied discriminating against Middle Eastern passengers. What a wasted marketing opportunity! Imagine the great slogans the airlines could use:
"Now Frisking All Arabs -- Twice!"
"More Civil-Rights Lawsuits Brought by Arabs Than Any Other Airline!"
"The Friendly Skies -- Unless You're an Arab"
"You Are Now Free to Move About the Cabin -- Not So Fast, Mohammed!"
- From Coulter's September 13, 2001, National Review column, which resulted in her being fired:
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."