Attacking what she portrayed as the anti-religious views espoused by liberals and the "secularist crowd," right-wing pundit Ann Coulter compared Muslims to Brian Nichols, the suspected rapist accused of killing a judge and three other people after escaping police custody at an Atlanta courthouse in March. Coulter claimed that Nichols's hostage, Ashley Smith, had "saved [his] soul" by "talking to him about Christianity" during her period of captivity, and could do the same for "the Muslims."
From Coulter's April 7 nationally syndicated column:
Smith saved the soul of a man on a killing spree [Nichols] by talking to him about Christianity. But the liberals think this won't work with the Muslims? We ought to fly this Ashley Smith to Saudi Arabia. We could just make her a box lunch every day and send her on her way.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.
Media Matters for America has documented other instances of Coulter's anti-Islamic rhetoric.