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HRC Defends Campaign to Get Papers to Drop Coulter -- and Rall Responds

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

HRC Defends Campaign to Get Papers to Drop Coulter -- and Rall Responds

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The Human Rights Campaign defended its effort to get Ann Coulter's column dropped from newspapers after receiving a letter from Ted Rall criticizing the HRC campaign.

Rall, whose First Amendment-themed letter was posted Monday on E&P's Web site, is a liberal editorial cartoonist/columnist. He shares the same syndicate (Universal Press) with the conservative Coulter, who used the word "faggot" when talking about Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in her March 2 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The HRC, a gay-rights organization, wrote Rall: "We believe that this is not a question of censorship. There are plenty of other people on the right who share Coulter's values and views but understand the value of civility and respect.

"Ann Coulter is free to spew her vile and hateful speech but as a community we are also free to exercise our collective power. And when Coulter defends herself on Fox News by saying 'faggot isn't offensive to gays,' it is our responsibility to make sure she, and those who carry her columns, understand that we know otherwise. 'Faggot' is a loaded word -- a word that too often is used as a weapon to demean and wound our community. …

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