The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

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Peter Olofsson develops his thesis that Ann Coulter’s advocacy of “intelligent design” in her book, “Godless”, is nothing less than a satirical send-up of the intelligent design creationism movement. If one correlates the various clues, like the various inconsistent stances, the hyperbole, and just plain erroneous stuff in Coulter’s chapters and takes the assumption seriously that Coulter is both intelligent and informed on the topics under discussion, one quite naturally concludes that she is having the ID advocates on, in effect doing for the right wing what Alan Sokal did for the left wing with his publication in “Social Text”.

Olofsson, though, is pretty obviously writing with his tongue firmly in cheek. The history of antievolution is one of otherwise bright people who take up error as truth and simply cannot re-evaluate their position. Add in the love of money — pandering to the ID “base” has always been lucrative — and one has a recipe for unexamined arguments with the frothy topping of vitriol slathered on that is the Coulter trademark.

Wesley R. Elsberry

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