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Ann Coulter enthusiastic about Domestic Terrorism

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"Reclaiming America For Christ", one bullet at a Time? That seems to be the message of Ann Coulter's March 3rd. rhetorical salvo fired off at D. James Kennedy's Reclaiming America for Christ conference hosted in Fort Lauderdale this year by Kennedy's "Center For Reclaimimg America". Journalist Frederick Clarkson, who has written extensively on the violent US antiabortion movement, places Coulter's enthusiasm for the assassination of abortion clinic workers into historical context in Ann Coulter Says She Can "Understand" Domestic Terrorism: "In demagogic fashion, Coulter first presented the shocking view -- and then wink, wink -- said she didn't really mean it; but in doing so, still held fast to the argument that leaders of the underground Army of God have used for years to justify the murder of abortion providers -- which she calls "a procedure with a rifle." " .

The assassinations and hundreds of bombings and attempted bombings during the 1990's, after a long period in which the US media and even the FBI ignored pervasive Antiabortion movement violence, will finally get portrayed in a new video documentary. But Coulter is only one of many on the US right who both advocate or encourage terrorism and indirectly sympathize with violent goals and tactics of terrorist groups, and rhetoric such as Coulter's helps create a cultural atmosphere in which intimidation and death threats against plaintiffs in church/state separation legal cases has become routine in many parts of the United States. Coulter's eliminationalist rhetoric, further, helps to mainstream violent religious extremist views to the point that long time advocates for antiabortion terrorism can become Washington D.C. PR consultants and special prosecutors for the State of Kansas.

Coulter's public speech fits a piece of larger pattern in which eliminationalist rhetoric from the American right targets vast societal groups and leading Christian right cultural warriors advocate, as a foreign policy approach or "pacification" program, the nuclear destruction of entire defenseless civilian populations in the Middle East [see inside].

Bruce Wilson writes for Talk To Action , a blog specializing in faith and politics.

 
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