Ann Coulter’s joke is her ideology’s downfall.

In an apparent bid for the inhumanity Olympics, on National Coming Out Day Ann Coulter tweeted

With Coulter, it’s virtually impossible to tell if she’s serious or joking.  Either way, this is something pretty horrible to say.  Aaron McQuade with GLAAD summed it up perfectly.

“There was a time in our culture’s history when, if thousands of LGBT kids were to come out on the same day, the next week genuinely would be exactly what Ann describes, all across the country. Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street. Mothers locking up their daughters or sending them to charm school. Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of ‘therapy’ to rid themselves of their orientation. To learn how to not be true to themselves.

And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about.”

This attitude is one of the big reasons that churches are hemorrhaging followers.  It’s becoming so obvious that gay people are as normal as brown-haired people, and even though people rising from the dead isn’t enough of a separation from reality to move believers away from faith and church, it seems the idea that good people are evil because of who they love is ludicrous enough to get people out of religion.

Coulter’s attitude is simply as errant as any idea can be in the 21st century.

If you want to understand the reasons behind this trend, take a moment to read a disturbing letter that Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt sent to the mother of a gay son. In it, the holy man told the mother that her “eternal salvation” might depend on whether or not she embraced the anti-gay teachings of the Catholic Church, thus rejecting her own child. Talk about family values!

Such a callous admonition might have worked in the past, when people had little education. It might have resonated in bygone eras, when gays and lesbians were invisible and easy to demonize as the “other.” It might have held sway had the Catholic Church’s credibility not been left in tatters after the church spent more than $2.5 billion to clean up the wreckage wrought by pedophile priests and their enablers.

As has been said repeatedly, these people are on the wrong side of compassion, on the wrong side of humanity, and on the wrong side of history.  The coming years will bring nothing for them but the increased marginalization, and the only admiration from them will come from a silent god.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Kyle

    It’s still a big problem in the United States, I don’t know what part of the country you are from; but try and go to the bible belt whilst spouting pro-gay ideals or telling kids to come out to their parents. It’s obviously still an issue considering most states don’t have gay marriage.

  • Gordon

    Poor Tin Ann, if she only had a heart.

  • Andrew Hall

    Ann Coulter, exercising her right to be 100% wrong. At least she is consistent.

  • Carrie

    I don’t know, I read that as a type of “fuck you” statement. I would write something like that because I would be pissed about hearing about someone disowning their son or daugther. I am sure that she heard many stories like this and got pissed off. That is a statement that shows me that she is lashing out. I just think that the statment is a passive aggressive one.

    • E.

      I get the sense that you don’t know who Ann Coulter is. She spends a great deal of time in her books and on TV seriously telling people that gay people want to destroy the country and molest children. Even if she was allegedly joking, this is the kind of thing she says in seriousness all the time.

      • Carrie

        Sorry, I didn’t know. I didn’t know she was like that. Now I feel like an ass.

        • Artor

          It takes one to know one. You didn’t know Coulter is a colossal ass, so that doesn’t mean you’re one.

        • Alex

          Don’t feel bad about being unfamiliar enough with Evil Annie Coulter to give her the benefit of the doubt; on the subject of this loathsome woman and her various vituperative screeds and rants, ignorance truly is bliss.

          • Andrew Kohler

            Indeed, Carrie; unfamiliarity with this zombie banshee is most enviable. It is generally recommended that her deranged writings only be read with a WWI era gas mask.

        • Andy Anderson

          Being wrong about something isn’t a shameful thing unless you learn nothing from it.

          • Doug Archer

            Yes, I agree with you to some extent. But, I don’t think Ann Coulter is capable of learning valuable information making her less of an ignoramous.

          • Doug Archer

            Yes, I agree with you to some extent. But, I don’t think Ann Coulter is capable of learning valuable information making her less of an ignoramous.

    • RobMcCune

      Coulter made a name for herself being vile and malicious toward anything that didn’t agree with her hard right stances. My interpretation is that it’s a mean spirited joke, which is not out of character for her.

    • RuQu

      She is lashing out, just not in the way you think/hope she is.

    • Anonymous

      You do know she’s Ann Coulter though, right?

  • Aratina Cage

    That is not a joking matter at all. That happens to real people; it happened to one of my friends. How sick to make light of something like that.

  • ~!

    I have a friend who is straight as an arrow who was recently disowned by her family just for having the guts to support gay rights for myself and others. It may be on the decline, but this kind of stupid-crazy is still abundant.

  • RobMcCune

    And although we’ve come a long way from those ideas as a cultural collective, I have no doubt that last week, more than a few American households experienced the tragedy that Ann joked about.

    I’m sure Ann Coulter agrees situations like those are a tragedy, unfortunately here’s her definition of tragedy:

    tragedy noun
    1. A misfortune of another person that proves ones superiority over others. 2. Events that cause the weak to whine. 3. A humorous occurrence. 4. A victory for the democratic party.

  • Hassan DuRant

    I always get Ann Coulter and Amy Poehler mixed up in my head, so this article initially made me really confused. ><

  • HumanisticJones

    To quote Henry Rollins… “But mostly Ann, you will just SHUT THE FUCK UP.”

  • IslandBrewer

    Wait … brown haired people are normal?

  • iknklast

    What! Brown-haired people are normal? Then what’s wrong with my family? Oh, it must be something other than the hair color…

    Seriously, when I think of all the things that kids get disowned for, and most of them Ann Coulter would be great with, it makes me weep. I would no longer have a relationship with my father if he discovered I was an atheist. I would have lost my grandmother totally if she discovered I had an abortion (I nearly lost her because I moved out of my parent’s abusive home into the spare bedroom of the man I was going to marry. Sin is sin, after all, and one mustn’t be in close proximity to temptation).

    My son was friends with the son of Sally Kern (yes, that Sally Kern, the one who convinces people that Oklahoma is living in the stone age). Kern disowned her teenage son when he came out. I can’t imagine anything my son could do that would make me disown him (well, maybe joining the Tea Party? No, probably not, I’d just have to appeal to his intelligence, and I’d understand he’d been taken over by a pod person).

    • Eric D Red

      I used to see disowning like this as a form of evil intention of the parents, but not any more.

      I bet you could think of things that your son would do that might make you consider disowning him. If, for instance, he blatantly starting torturing or killing children and was allowed to get away with it (without the cover of the pope), and started promoting it as a good lifestyle. It’s hard to imagine anybody doing that, of course. If my kids did something truly evil and harmful like that, I would have a hard time being supportive.

      And that’s how these parents feel. They feel their kids have done something as evil as murder for pleasure. In fact, they probably consider it much worse than rape. Certainly the bible lists homosexuality as far more evil than rape, and just as bad as lobsters or mixed fibres.

      Their fault isn’t always in lack of love for their kids, although that may come into it. It’s in being deeply wrong about what constitutes evil. They have learned, over generations, that homosexuality is a sin literally worse than rape or death (and I literally mean literally, as in “written in the bible”).

      I don’t in any way intend to defend what they are doing. The cause of the actions don’t make them any less damaging. But it’s only by properly understanding what’s wrong that we can hope to deal with it. There’s probably nothing that can be done about parents who don’t love their kids, but there might be something to be done about certain views.

      • Jeff

        Certainly the bible lists homosexuality as far more evil than rape, and just as bad as lobsters or mixed fibres.

        It’s funny because it’s true.

  • smrnda

    Political conservatism seems mostly about not giving a shit about anybody else, though it’s occasionally dressed up to look better. Ann at least is out in the open about her total indifference and even amusement in the suffering of others, which makes the job of exposing her bigotry and intolerance a lot easier.

    • Liberated Liberal


      Modern Republican = Raging Narcissist

  • logan

    I’m sure it would please Ann Coulter to know that when I saw this tweet, I eventually had to wipe away tears. I don’t think she has children or if she does, she is incapable of loving them. Every time I see a story about a young person who has been kicked out or bullied for being gay, I see my own child’s face in that young person. That’s called empathy, something I don’t think Ann Coulter possesses. How she can be so cavalier with a child’s suffering I will never understand.

  • otrame

    Al Franken, in his epic book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, keeps repeatedly insisting that there is something wrong with Ann Coulter, while taking apart her (then) current book and showing the way she hardly said a truthful word in it. Eventually he describes a discussion with God. At one point, God says, “That Ann Coulter, what the hell is wrong with her?”

    For many years I have been convinced that some day she is going to start a press conference with “Ha! Punked you all. For years I’ve saying the most outrageous crap I could make up and you PAID ME. You paid me millions of dollars. What a bunch of idiots!”

    • Alex

      Yeah, the most striking thing about Coulter as exposed in Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them is her utter contempt for her own readers. She repeatedly gives citations for statements in her book, with correct title, author, and page information that would allow any diligent reader to track down her sources and discover that they say the opposite of what she says they say. Better yet, in the next book she published after Lies came out, she cited a page in Lies and lied about what Franken had written on that page, secure in the certainty that none of the cretins who lap up her drivel will ever bother to check her assertions, even when given the means to do so easily.

  • Paul

    The most charitable interpretation of Coulter’s insanity is that she’s crying all the way to the bank, not that she revels in her disgusting behavior.

  • fwtbc


    Thanks for your extra effort of late to include alt text in images. Looks like it may’ve slipped your mind for this one, though.

    For tweets, instead of using screengrabs, there’s a proper “embed” option. From what I can tell, if there’s a follow link in the top right corner, there should be an “Embed this tweet” link below it. If there’s a timestamp in the top right corner, like 11h, then you can click that, and then there should be the embed link. Click that, click the HTML tab and there’s nice, accessible HTML for you.

    For this particular tweet, here’s the embed code should others be unable to read the image:

    Last Thursday was national “coming out” day.This Monday is national “disown your son” day.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 16, 2012

    • fwtbc

      I probably should’ve added a note that the formatting will probably get munged when posting the HTML in a comment due to wordpress fitlering out potential nasties/unwanted stuff like images. It’ll look good, pretty much identical to a regular tweet if you embed it in the body of the post instead.

  • LP22

    The comment was appropriate because it was true. Very sad, but true. What is inexcusable is that she thinks its ok and feels absolutely no disdain for parents who do this or empathy for those who have been rejected by parents based on their gender preference. To all the gay people in the world, I wish I could apologize for these fuckwits and somehow make them stand in your shoes and see what it feels like to be rejected for just being yourselves.

  • Robert

    Perhaps reading a bit further would reveal the truth. Ann Coulter has NEVER, in my experience, shown anything but respect for gay people, as evidenced by the following quote from a gay activist:

    Conservative author Ann Coulter thought herself a laugh riot when she responded to national coming out day with a day of her own, “disown your son day”. Most people with common sense found her comment to be deplorable, but not gay GOP activist Chris Barron.

    Barron, a cofounder of the group GOProud, said that criticism of Coulter is “laughable”. From The Advocate:

    Coulter ally and GOProud cofounder Christopher Barron, however, told The Advocate on Wednesday, that GLAAD was overreacting to the author’s joke.

    He added that he knows Coulter personally, and that she “has been a strong ally of gay conservatives. Indeed, Ann has gone into the lion’s den at places like CPAC to make the case that gay people should be welcomed in the conservative movement. The criticism of Ann by an organization like GLAAD is laughable.”

    Barron criticized the organization for honoring blogger Joe Jervis of after he and GOProud’s leaders engaged in a verbal battle in recent years.

    “As long as GLAAD thinks that is acceptable they can spare me the trumped-up selective outrage over a joke made by Ann. Putting GLAAD in charge of what passes as acceptable or unacceptable discourse is a little bit like putting a pyromaniac in charge of the fire department.

    • JustSayin’

      Do you have no idea what a self-loathing P.O.S. Christopher Barron is, Robert? Do a little further research and you’ll see what I mean.

  • Stacy Turner

    LOL. Religion.

  • Doug Archer

    CORRECTION: ignoramus