In times of national emergency, people can get excited and say or write unusually stupid and offensive things. The present crisis being no exception, Chatterbox will periodically compile these gasp-inducing public utterances and run them under the heading, "Retract This, Please." Please note: lies are not what this feature is looking for. Outright falsehoods will continue to run not here, but under Chatterbox's "Whopper of the Week" rubric. Rather, Chatterbox is looking for statements that any sensible person would regret.
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."
-- Ann Coulter, National Review Online, Sept. 13
Retraction (from Rich Lowry, editor, National Review), Sept. 13: "The column was obviously written with some degree of anger, rage, and grief and she probably went a little far on certain things but the essential point I think is accurate that the most drastic possible measures are called for."
"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way--all of them who have tried to secularize America--I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "
Retraction, Sept. 14: "Despite the impression some may have from news reports today, I hold no one other than the terrorists and the people and nations who have enabled and harbored them responsible for Tuesday's attacks on this nation."