Ann Coulter Says Soccer is the Bane of America – Really

By Zainab Chaudry

Soccer is the bane of America’s existence. At least, conservative syndicated columnist Ann Coulter thinks so. Her latest column mocks and ridicules one of the world’s most popular sports – attributing the dramatic spike in soccer fans in America over recent years as “evidence of our nation’s moral decay.”

As someone who recently publicly called for organizing of “death squads for the people who wrecked America” if immigration reform passes, it’s ironic that Ms. Coulter considers herself an expert on analyzing the cause of our nation’s moral decay.

If we are to embark on this discussion, let’s begin with Coulter’s rampant racism and xenophobia that inspires hatred and fear towards peaceful, law-abiding immigrants across the nation. Because if we are to break down how ludicrous her beliefs are on the “moral decay” caused by American soccer fans, we must first look at her twisted thoughts on immigration. After all, she begins her column by saying:

“If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch affected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”

So, before we point fingers toward the causes of our society’s detriment, let’s focus on the ethics, morals and values of self-proclaimed patriots like Ms. Coulter, who’s loathing of “the other” has blinded her to the fact that Europeans were once immigrants too. And let’s not let Coulter forget that this great land we call home was founded after the ruthless, systematic genocide of Native Americans – its original inhabitants.

According to Coulter, we have Senator Ted Kennedy to thank for the influx of immigrants who have flocked to our shores and polluted our nation. After all, he pushed forward the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which opened America’s doors to immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

What she blatantly fails to mention is the fact that the vast majority of immigrants are hardworking taxpayers whose tax money supports American troops, enables a global U.S. military presence and funds vital federal and state programs that improve Americans’ quality of life. She is too blinded by her narrow-minded, myopic views to recognize that many of these folks are contributing members of society who are doctors, teachers, heroes, researchers, first responders, and so much more.

The fact that she has the audacity to recklessly announce “no one whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer” indicates how little she values her own word.  No one who cherishes their credibility would dare make inaccurate blanket statements like this knowing that many generations of Americans have long been soccer fans carrying on the family tradition of following the sport.

Ms. Coulter proclaims soccer fans at home are “new Americans” who will “hopefully drop their soccer fetish and learn to speak English.” Her ignorance knows no bounds. Clearly, what Ms. Coulter craves is attention. Sadly, obnoxious generalizations like this are offensive not only to America’s immigrant population, but also soccer fans and all people of conscience.

One can only hope that, in addition to learning a modicum of respect for soccer enthusiasts and immigrants, Ms. Coulter doesn’t drive a Japanese car, wear Italian shoes, frequent Mexican restaurants, or prefer French perfume. Otherwise, in addition to her list of other unflattering attributes, she must also be labeled a hypocrite.

And the only thing worse than a racist bigot is a racist bigot who is also a hypocrite.

Zainab Chaudry is the co-founder & chair of the CAIR Maryland Outreach Office, a steering committee member of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights and IAHR Liason, Shoulder-2-Shoulder.

  • Peter Castle

    Coulter’s racism is legendary. Coulter hates the left and abhors immigration. Hence, her diatribe on soccer.

    Coulter’s inexplicable hatred of the Other is one reason why we should Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, a new book available at http://www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

    • Memri Dotorg

      your logic is compelling “she hates the left and abhors immigration” ergo she hates soccer. Not really – I would challenge you to prove statistically that the increase in soccer’s popularity over the last 20 years not related in some significant way to first generation immigrants who grew up in societies where soccer was the only game in town? She posited a hypothesis that actually seems logical. The crux of her thesis is that soccer was practically unseen and unknown in the united states before 1970. Growing up in the 70′s I played every sport under the sun in a sandlot – baseball, football, basketball, hockey. Not once did any of the dozens of kids that played sports informally on the sandlot and playground ever once say “hey, how about playing soccer?” – because no one wanted to. They much preferred every other sport. Soccer is popular around the world because it is bar far the cheapest and easiest sport to play – most places in the world don’t have money in their civil governments to fund specialized fields and most people around the world don’t have the money to buy specialized equipment to play sports – hence, the attractiveness of soccer in its origins. Well, then you layer the natural human nature of generations sharing their likes with the next generation and you now have a cycle.
      Coulter was making some salient points and hypothesis and actually some funny commentary on the game – which is spot on as to why Americans who grew up not in a land where soccer was the only sport look at soccer and compare it to the other options of competitive team sports in this country and make their choice – which is not soccer. People who grew up with only soccer or predominantly soccer and emigrate to the US would likely look to play and watch soccer. What is racist about this? Its racist to assume someone would want to watch and play what they are familiar? Familiarity doesn’t make things objectively “good” or “better”…but that is a whole other subject…

      • alwr

        Well, there is the part where she labeled liking the sport as evidence of “moral decay”. If we accept your conclusion that she is correct about the reason for the game’s rise in popularity, then how can we conclude that the declaration of this as evidence of “moral decay” does not indict immigrants? Sorry, you can’t make Coulter come out of this one smelling good.

      • Jim Sharp

        Both my kids grew up here, and both chose to play soccer over other options. (Both tried other sports, but each stuck with soccer the longest.) They have great-grandparents who were born here, so Coulter’s statement does not stand. They also were far from the only kids on the fields who were not from families that had recently immigrated to the US.

  • Betty4440

    well we can still agree to disagree at this time. but she does have a point. if you want to live in AMERICA SPEAK ENGLISH AT HOME SPEAK WHAT EVER. NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH IS VERY RUDE I DON’T GIVE A FLYING PIG WHERE YOU ARE FROM. THIS AMERICA SPEAK ENGLISH OR GET OUT.

    • aliya

      I really don’t care what language you speak.. if you are holding a conversation with another that happens to speak the language you do, what business is it of mine to know what you two are talking about? None! !

    • Newmslma

      Wow, it’s hard to believe how ignorant people can be. English is difficult to learn. Many immigrants struggle to learn English. Do you ever travel outside the U.S? My guess is no. You probably just live in some backward little town and never go anywhere. But if you do travel, do you speak the local language of the country you’re visiting? Again, my guess is no. Also, since you’re so vehement about English, maybe you should learn some English grammar. We don’t say “this America, speak English or get out.” We say “this IS America.” Also, you don’t seem to have any idea of how to punctuate English properly. Maybe you should go to your local adult education center and study English with the immigrants.

    • Sheikhingmyhead

      Whoa, I believe Morocco was the first nation to accept the USA as a sovereign nation. Oh let’s not forget that all Europeans are immigrants…. Lool. Muslims were in America before any immigrant herre today. Africans too. Just read Columbus’ memoirs. Lol. Get a grip. Bucko. You’re nothing with the hard work of Muslims. And Asians and africans. Think about it. With out the Phoenicians Greece would have never had black people to worship. Without Muslims euros civilization would have ended with the black plague, and with out Muslim slaves, Columbus would have never known there was gold in The place you all call America. Lol. Or BKA Amexum

  • barenakedislam

    Ann Coulter is right. Thanks to the murderer Teddy Kenney, we have been flooded with 3rd world muslim garbage and terrorists, while hardworking, successful, Christian Europeans have been relegated to tiny quotas. That’s why we have the welfare/socialist state that is now America. It’s time to ban all Muslim immigration and deport all the muslims who aren’t citizens now. Including the Muslim Traitor-in-Chief posing as president.

    • Sheikhingmyhead

      Whoa, I believe Morocco was the first nation to accept the USA as a sovereign nation. Oh let’s not forget that all Europeans are immigrants…. Lool. Muslims were in America before any immigrant herre today. Africans too. Just read Columbus’ memoirs. Lol. Get a grip. Bucko. You’re nothing with the hard work of Muslims. And Asians and africans. Think about it. With out the Phoenicians Greece would have never had black people to worship. Without Muslims euros civilization would have ended with the black plague, and with out Muslim slaves, Columbus would have never known there was gold in The place you all call America. Lol. Or BKA Amexum.


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