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Did Ann Coulter really say “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours”?

4/22/2013 — For a much more Biblical view of nature than what you will hear from Ann Coulter, see my Earth Day 2013 entry: The goodness and fruitfulness of creationSee also the environmental quotes from Christian authors Francis Schaeffer and Steven Bouma-Prediger.

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I’ve seen this quote from conservative commentator Ann Coulter in several places, and I’m curious about its authenticity:

“God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.'”—Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01

I’ve always wondered why anyone would listen to Coulter—she comes across as fuming with rage and anger. I know she claims to be a Christian, so this quote (if genuine) bothers me for a number of reasons.

  • It is just plain wrong. The concept of dominion in Genesis 1 is to keep and care for the creation as God’s representatives, not to rape and exploit it for our own selfish desires.
  • The creation is not “ours,” it is God’s.
  • The tone makes absolutely no contribution to anything, other than to help most people to see conservative Christians as a bunch of yahoos.

Does anyone know if she really said this? Or is this a distortion that has become entrenched in environmentalist urban legends, sort of like James Watt’s statement (that he never made) that it didn’t matter whether we took care of the Earth because Jesus was coming back soon?

Grace and Peace

 

November 26, 2010 - Posted by | Creation in the Bible, Environment |

10 Comments »

  1. Yep. At least she claimed to have said it in her book. http://tinyurl.com/2cqw69s It’s on page 104
    If the link doesn’t work, search for “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans” in Google Books.

    Thanks for posting. I don’t know much about Coulter (though I consider myself a Republican), but what little I had heard turned me off. Now I have a good reason to be angry with her.

    Comment by Anna | November 29, 2010

  2. Can we say “hyperbole“?

    I knew we could.

    Let’s try it again – “…comes across as fuming with rage and anger.”

    There. See how easy it is?

    Comment by Carl Vehse | December 2, 2010

  3. Anna,

    Thanks for the link. It would have been nice if it turned out that this was only an urban legend.

    Carl,

    Ann Coulter is witty and often right, but overall I find her style to be needlessly offensive. If what she said about “rape the earth” (and attributing that statement to God) is hyperbolic, it is only slightly so. Her views on the environment seem to come from the “disposable planet” end of the conservative spectrum.

    Thanks to both of you for your comments.

    Comment by geochristian | December 2, 2010

  4. Ann Coulter should of been in a plane on 9/11, with all those who think like her.

    Comment by cpmondello | January 16, 2011

  5. cpmondello:

    Thanks for your deep insight. Nothing balances out hatred from the right like hatred from the left.

    Comment by geochristian | January 16, 2011

  6. Ann Coulter is the worst kind of bottom feeding scum there is. She is a typical republitard, totally ignorant, full of hate and anger for anyone who doesn’t agree with her. Here are a few more quotes:The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man’s dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that’s the Biblical view. “Oil Good; Democrats bad”, Townhall, 12 October 2000
    A cruise missile is more important than Head Start. Remarks during an address (November 2001), rebroadcast by C-SPAN in January 2002, quoted in “Amy Goodman vs. Ann Coulter” in High Timber Times (29 September 2009)
    It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in ’64 — the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted. As quoted in “An appalling magic” in The Guardian (17 May 2003)

    If Chicago had been hit, I assure you New Yorkers would not have cared. What was stunning when New York was hit was how the rest of America rushed to New York’s defense. New Yorkers would have been like, “It’s tough for them; now let’s go back to our Calvin Klein fashion shows.” On the September 11 attacks, as quoted in “An appalling magic” in The Guardian (17 May 2003)

    Comment by Doublejay | June 22, 2012

  7. Doublejay — Are you “full of hate and anger” for Ann Coulter?

    Comment by geochristian | June 22, 2012

  8. Ann is “witty and often right”?!?!?! Oh. My.

    Comment by jrosenberry1 | March 21, 2013

  9. Jrosenberry1 –

    My thoughts EXACTLY. Hilarious!

    Comment by The Maj | April 22, 2013

  10. It’s not so impartant that some nuts claim to be Christian, what is really worrying is that the Christian establishment defends her.

    Comment by Nitzan Meerovici | August 15, 2014


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