Posted on | August 18, 2010 | 53 Comments
The news that Ann Coulter would headline next month’s “Homocon,” a conference of gay Republicans in New York, has caused her to be dropped as a speaker at WorldNetDaily’s “Take Back America” conference:
“Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud,” said [WND publisher Joseph] Farah. “The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning.”
Asked by Farah why she was speaking to GOProud, Coulter said: “They hired me to give a speech, so I’m giving a speech. I do it all the time.” . . .
Coulter responded: “That’s silly, I speak to a lot of groups and do not endorse them. I speak at Harvard and I certainly don’t endorse their views. . . . The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference. I’m sure I agree with GOProud more than I do with at least half of my college audiences. But in any event, giving a speech is not an endorsement of every position held by the people I’m speaking to. I was going to speak for you guys, I think you’re nuts on the birther thing (though I like you otherwise!).”
Staunch conservative John Hawkins of Right Wing News has signed on as a Homocon sponsor, so turning this into a litmus test in a “More Conservative Than Thou” game is ridiculous.