Monday, October 15, 2007

Perfected Jew or Bad Christian?

Ann Coulter: Christian or Publicity Whore?
New book means new controversial statement

Is hardline conservative writer Ann Coulter an anti-Semite? Is she homophobic? Does she despise anyone who isn't a straight white Christian? I don't know the answers to these questions. If any of them would be correct I'm sure it would be the latter, since historically she makes offensive statements toward anyone who doesn't fit her "perfect" image. Recent comments on Donny Deutsch's CNBC show "The Big Idea," is just the latest in her controversial career that conveniently draws attention to her as she releases a new book.

During a recent interview on the CNBC program, Coulter stated that Jews need to be "perfected" by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian. Deutsch was surprised by the comment and dived further into the statement asking her, "we should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?" She responded: "Yeah."

Even for the intentionally abrasive Coulter, the tone of the conversation was bothersome, she knew she was appearing anti-Semitic. She attempted to deflect that notion by claiming that "Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews." Somehow that is suppose to make everything better.

I personally don't believe Coulter is anti-Semitic. I also don't believe she is a practicing Christian because if she was she would know that it is a sin for man to judge man and that only God can judge man. Her statements clearly was a judgement about Jews and Judaism.

In simple terms Coulter is a publicity whore. She in many ways is the far rights equivalent to Jesse Jackson. Whenever Jackson can get himself in front of a camera or in the news, he jumps at the chance. Whenever Coulter has a new book coming out she does whatever she can to earn free publicity, which means controversial statements. Remember the John Edwards "fag" comment as well as the statement that Muslims should be "forcibly converted to Christianity." Both times she made headlines and big money with increased book sales. This is no different.

The reality is that Ann Coulter is a business. Columnist, commentator, public speaking and book writing is how she makes her living. She has made a lucrative career being a controversial political figure. However she does not help the cause she supposedly so passionately supports.

When Democrats and Progressives refer to Republicans and conservatives as bigoted mean spirited individuals, they have to look no further than Ann Coulter. Anyone who believes she is good for the conservative cause is fooling themselves. In many ways she is the political version of Howard Stern, making a career shocking people.

To her credit, she has been a strong supporter of Israel and encourages Evangelicals and other Christians to support the Jewish State. Then again Nixon was the best friend Israel ever had next to President Bush, but was a paranoid anti-Semite. Go figure.

Coulter's comments are timed perfectly for the release of her latest book, but comes at a very bad moment for Jewish and GOP relations. During a time when the Republican President and GOP members of the House and Senate overwhelmingly and enthusiastically support Israel and Democratic support has dwindled over the years, Republicans have been able to make great inroads within the Jewish community. In 2004 President Bush received 25% of the Jewish vote and that is a conservative estimate. However this recent controversy may prove to be a serious setback.

Coulter has given Democrats and leftist Jewish groups fodder to promote the idea of right wing anti-Semitism. Sadly, leftist Jews will forgive Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for decades of anti-Jewish sentiment and ignore the adamant anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the Progressive movement, but Coulter will be demonized forever.

Honestly speaking, there is nothing wrong for Christians or any religious group to believe everyone should worship as they do. If you truly believe your religious teachings you will believe everyone else is misguided. However if you are a Christian or a Jew you have a religious obligation not to judge others and respect people and their beliefs even if you disagree with them. You certainly don't publicly say another faith should be thrown away .It's called understanding and love thy neighbor, which Coulter couldn't' comprehend if it bit her on the ass.

If Coulter truly believes in Christianity and claims to be a woman of faith than this situation is even more tragic. She has forsaken Judeo-Christian values for vanity and profit. Coulter also shows that she is ignorant of scripture. She forgets the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus affirms the continuing validity of the Jewish law for the followers of Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20).
Jesus himself didn't want throw away Judaism. As a Christian why would you?



At 10/17/2007 4:27 AM , Blogger Jeff Morton said...

On Anne Coulter...I watched this interview and saw this happen...My reaction well, I hadn't seen Ann stumble for words before! I can only gasp like so many did...none of us are perfect.


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