Preachable Moment

October 11, 2007

Whenever Ann Coulter ventures out in public, the only question of interest is what sort of stain she’ll leave behind. She is, after all, simply Andrew Dice Clay with slightly better legs, and a shtick that’s even more predictable. We all know the drill: Go on the air, engage in verbal voiding at some random left-wing or Democratic target, then strut off while the Ann-fans (AnnDroids?) rub their knees together and chortle about how that straight-talkin’ gal just drives those liberals plumb crazy.

So how curious to realize that the latest emission from Coulter’s oral sphincter can aid our understanding of democracy and life in America. I have no idea if she’s a sincere and practicing Christian — I find the idea a bit of a stretch, quite frankly — but when she told CNBC host Donnie Deutsch that Jews need to be “perfected” into Christians, Coulter was simply articulating a genuine religious viewpoint. I even believe she intended no offense to Deutsch, just as I believe born-again cartoonist Johnny “No Relation” Hart intended no offense when he showed a menorah morphing into a cross in this notoriously cloddish B.C. comic strip he drew for Easter 2001. When he was accused of anti-Semitism for promoting “replacement theology” — the notion that Jews are pre-Christians waiting to be brought all the way over — Hart denied any Jew-hating tendencies. No doubt he meant every word.

Sorry folks, but not only is “replacement theology” the message underlying that B.C. strip and the walking cartoon character known as Ann Coulter, it’s also the motivating force behind a lot of Christianist support for Israel — they see the return of Jews to their homeland as a necessary step to bringing on the end times. I leave it to you eager readers to delve into Christianist notions about what happens after the Rapture whisks all the faithful out of their Buster Browns and up to heaven, but I’ll give you a hint: things don’t turn out very happily for Jews who refuse to get with the program and start kickin’ it J.C. style.

Coulter’s witticism has been getting a lot of attention, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this marked the first time one of her remarks actually had career repercussions. It would certainly be a savory irony if the statement that finally got her knocked off mainstream media outlets was also one of the few times she came within even shouting distance of the truth.

The foundation of any religion is the belief that a significant percentage of the world’s population is damned to eternal torment because they don’t follow your deity’s program. It’s motivated everything from the Spanish Inquisition to the destruction of the World Trade Center. The idea of an ecumenical “community of faith” is a polite fiction that makes civilized life possible. That’s what this whole “separation of church and state” business is all about. It allows a civil society to function. With all the Bible-bangers and Jesus whoopers swarming on the media and the halls of government, it’s hard for too many people to remember that basic truth, and by casually stepping in it on CNBC, Ann Coulter has reminded us of why religion cannot be allowed to dominate the public square.

So thank you, Ann Coulter, for reminding everyone of this truth, even if you only did it by accident. I still wouldn’t want to touch you with a leper’s claw, but now you can say your vacuous, hate-spewing career served at least one legitimate purpose.

25 Responses to “Preachable Moment”

  1. Steven Rube Says:

    In response to the defense that Ann Coulter’s statements just reflect what every religion secretly believes- I respond in the words of my father “You need to read more”.
    I love when people try to speak intelligently about subjects of which they have no knowledge. Judaism has no missionary construct. Jews do not believe or wish that everybody should be Jewish. Quite the opposite. Rabbis often discourage conversion. There is not one historical reference of Jews persicuting a people because of their faith. Israel is the only middle-eastern country with both Jews, Muslims, and Christians in its parliament. There is no movement for mass conversion to Judaism among any of the branches of Judaism.
    Furthermore, Ms. Coulter’s support for Israel is not a valid defense. Her support of Israel is self serving to her religious belief, not a love for the Jewish people.
    This was an antisemitic statement because plain and simple it calls for a country without Jews, and even Mr. O’Reilly can’t spin it any other way.

  2. Jersey Dan in DC Says:

    I don’t know. After all these years, I guess I’ll concede that she’s attractive in a certain slutty way, but I still don’t find her funny.

  3. yuh-uhuh! Says:

    Attractive? Aside from her mannish looks and schoolboy build, when she opens her mouth she becomes quite an ugly person.

  4. mrsisk Says:

    “The foundation of any religion is the belief that a significant percentage of the world’s population is damned to eternal torment because they don’t follow your deity’s program.”

    That’s just not so. Hinduism and Buddhism, for example. These religions believe you strive for enligtenment over countless lives, and the Dalai Lama has stated that all the world religions are viable paths to enlightenment. And then there’s the Bahá’í Faith which is founded on the three principles of Unity of God, Unity of Religion and Unity of Mankind.

    Just thought I’d mention it.

  5. mjs Says:

    I think Ann Coulter is the new Moses.

    “The foundation of any religion…” is a classic generalization. Perhaps of Middle Eastern monotheism…I think there was a sufficient quality of suffering and violence in the Old Testament to ward off any need for Next Life Sadism. Remember: Jesus wasn’t a Christian (but he played one on television).

    ++++

  6. Patty Says:

    Great post! The absolute best analysis on Ann I’ve read in a long time.

  7. Chucky Says:

    Dislike of Jews has always been a soft spot for the Christian right. You don’t see that in the Liberal Media because the Christian right supports Israel with as much fervor as AIPAC.

    Pat Robertson and Donald Wildmon have never been called out for their anti-Jewish worldview. Don’t expect Miss Coulter to be called out for her own anti-Jewish remarks.


  8. Wrong, on the WTC getting blowed up because of religion. At least not so much as the “blowback” Ron Paul referred to before Rudy stuck his finger in Paul’s ear for it.

    We shit on Muslims. That’s why they hate us so.

    How hard is that to understand?

  9. bordo Says:

    For about as long as she has been in the public eye, I’ve thought of Ann Coulter as a conservative entertainer, a puffed up persona in a black cocktail dress in the same way professional wrestlers puff up their muscles and engage in verbal slurs designed to anger the rubes and get them to pay to see them fight.

    I agree with an earlier poster that this time she may have bitten the hand that feeds her. How does a dedicated Zionist like David Horowitz, for example, a man who leaps upon the throat of anyone who questions the nation’s special relationship with Israel, going to countenance her continued presence on his silly FrontPageMagazine site? How do the Perles and Wolfowitzes and Kristols share a stage with a woman who has stated with a straight face that they need to be “perfected?”

    Then again, she’s money in the bank. She does drive traffic to Horowitz’s site. She does drive attendance at these right-wing hootenannies. She does sell books for her publishing masters.

    I’m fascinated by how all this will play out, but I will note the right doesn’t have anyone with her kind of star power. If she’s removed from their noise machine, there’s really no one else to pick up the cudgel.

  10. brantl Says:

    “In response to the defense that Ann Coulter’s statements just reflect what every religion secretly believes- I respond in the words of my father “You need to read more”.” No, you need to read more, or at least more accurately, Steven Rube. He said that in these religions the ones that believe in hell, anyway, that the religious believe that you’re going to hell if you don’t believe as they do. And for any religion that believes in hell, he’s right. Your statement doesn’t have any justification within what he wrote, you just jumped to a conclusion.

  11. ssdahle Says:

    to Steven Rube

    The Kahanists seem to take a rather hard-line view other religions, and definitely have a lot to say about how their fellow Jews should worship and believe.

    But I think your larger point is salient, in general Jews don’t voice opinions of how or what other people should worship. Do Jews believe only Jews get to heaven?


  12. Nice job! That was a great read. Your “bow on top of the package” analysis at the end was spot on.

  13. See the Big Picture Says:

    Brantl wrote: “He said that in these religions the ones that believe in hell, anyway, that the religious believe that you’re going to hell if you don’t believe as they do. And for any religion that believes in hell, he’s right. Your statement doesn’t have any justification within what he wrote, you just jumped to a conclusion.”

    But that’s not what he said.

    What the article says is: “The foundation of any religion is the belief that a significant percentage of the world’s population is damned to eternal torment because they don’t follow your deity’s program.” Not “any religion that believes in hell,” not “any religion that will prove my point,” “ANY RELIGION.” And as Steven Rube and later mrsisk go on to point out, that is simply not true.

  14. Peter Gaffney Says:

    I wish somebody would ask Miss Coulter how she thinks she embodies the values of Jesus Christ– love your enemy, judge not that you not be judged, he who lives by the sword shall perish by the sword, it is easier for a rich man to pass through the kingdom of a camel than for a needle to enter the eye of Heaven, etc. Presumably she’s got answers to such questions, but I’d like to hear just how absurd they are.

    Hindus may not be bent on converting the rest of the world, but unfortunately modern Hinduism is hardly free from intolerance — Hindu politicians in India have occasionally instigated anti-Muslim rampages. Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, the Buddhist majority has oppressed the Hindu Tamil minority. And according to the Bible (admittedly not a trustworthy historical document) the Jews pursued a divinely ordained campaign of merciless ethnic cleansing upon entering the Holy Land after the Exodus. Since then — at least until 1948 — Jews have rarely been in a position to persecute anyone. It’s true they don’t damn non-Jews to Hell, but some Jews do hold the belief that non-Jews possess a second-class soul and as a result are incapable of the highest spiritual attainment.

    I once heard a lecture in which a rabbi admitted that one could describe Judaism as racist were it not for the fact that non-Jews CAN convert if they so choose. And I once read a shocking essay by another rabbi asserting that the commandment “Love your neighbor” should really be understood as “Love your Jewish neighbor.” (It should be noted that the very existence of this essay is evidence that this view is not the norm.)

    In other words, almost every religion seems to have the potential to be a source of — or at least an excuse for — prejudice or persecution. What sets Christianity apart, at least for me, is not that it’s particularly intolerant but that intolerance is so deeply — and so unambiguously — antithetical to the core message of its founder.

    My father, visiting Yugoslavia in the late 80’s, was impressed by seeing mosques and churches in close proximity, and he was filled with hope for the world at this sign that Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Muslims could live harmoniously side by side. Within five years, of course, the country was in pieces and embroiled in a savage civil war. Was deeply ingrained religious and ethnic division the root cause of the strife, or was it merely a handy excuse for politicians seeking to sow discord? Are religious differences doomed to be always a source of intolerance and conflict, or can we hope for all religions to evolve to the point where they embody the true message of Christ or the Buddha?

  15. howardtheduck Says:

    I believe ms. coulter needs to be “perfected” into a liberal. It would help if she were “perfected” into a human being first.


  16. […] Whenever Ann Coulter ventures out in public, the only question of interest is what sort of stain shell leave behind. She is, after all, simply Andrew Dice Clay with slightly better legs, and a shtick thats even more predictable. We all know the drill: Go on the air, engage in verbal voiding at some random left-wing or Democratic target, then strut off while the Ann-fans (AnnDroids?) rub their knees together and chortle about how that straight-talkin gal just drives those liberals plumb crazy. So how curious to realize that the latest emission from Coulters oral sphincter can aid our understanding of democracy and life in America. I have no idea if shes a sincere and practicing Christian I find the idea a bit of a stretch, quite frankly but when she told CNBC host Donnie Deutsch that Jews need to be perfected into Christians, Coulter was simply articulating a genuine religious viewpoint. I even believe she intended no offense to Deutsch, just as I believe born-again cartoonist Johnny No Relation Hart intended no offense when he showed a menorah morphing into a cross in this notoriously cloddish B.C. comic strip he drew for Easter 2001. When he was accused of anti-Semitism for promoting replacement theology the notion that Jews are pre-Christians waiting to be brought all the way over Hart denied any Jew-hating tendencies. No doubt he meant every word. Sorry folks, but not only is replacement theology the message underlying that B.C. strip and the walking cartoon character known as Ann Coulter, its also the motivating force behind a lot of Christianist support for Israel they see the return of Jews to their homeland as a necessary step to bringing on the end times. I leave it to you eager readers to delve into Christianist notions about what happens after the Rapture whisks all the faithful out of their Buster Browns and up to heaven, but Ill give you a hint: things dont turn out very happily for Jews who refuse to get with the program and start kickin it J.C. style. Coulters witticism has been getting a lot of attention, and it wouldnt surprise me if this marked the first time one of her remarks actually had career repercussions. It would certainly be a savory irony if the statement that finally got her knocked off mainstream media outlets was also one of the few times she came within even shouting distance of the truth. The foundation of any religion is the belief that a significant percentage of the worlds population is damned to eternal torment because they dont follow your deitys program. Its motivated everything from the Spanish Inquisition to the destruction of the World Trade Center. The idea of an ecumenical community of faith is a polite fiction that makes civilized life possible. Thats what this whole separation of church and state business is all about. It allows a civil society to function. With all the Bible-bangers and Jesus whoopers swarming on the media and the halls of government, its hard for too many people to remember that basic truth, and by casually stepping in it on CNBC, Ann Coulter has reminded us of why religion cannot be allowed to dominate the public square. So thank you, Ann Coulter, for remding everyone of this truth, even if you only did it by accident. I still wouldnt want to touch you with a lepers claw, but now you can say your vacuous, hate-spewing career served at least one legitimate purpose. Preachable Moment The Opinion Mill […]

  17. Arun Ektare Says:

    comments on Peter Gaffeney:
    We hindus don’t covert forcibly like Muslims or like Portugese christians in Goa. Moreover we respect all religions and for last 3000 years (yes,Buddha belonged to 500 BC!), India has been the SOLE refuge for any religious minority persecuted anywhere in the world. Ask the Jews!! Cut us some slack, will you?

  18. War4Sale Says:

    Notwithstanding the theological debate that ensued, this was an insightful analysis of Coulter. As a person who literally sells hate speech, she is a very selfish, mean spirited, misguided person. In short, the perfect symbol for the right wing! Fortunately, the Bush Administration has so discredited the far right in the eyes of mainstream America that they are teetering on the verge of political extinction and Ann’s fifteen minutes of fame are almost up!


  19. […] Posted by Cym Jim Preachable Moment The Opinion Mill She came out openy professing the heretical dual-covenant theology in direct contradiction to […]


  20. […] all I have to say about her recent, well documented, anti-Semitic remarks. But I did want to say […]

  21. speakingoutworld Says:

    Once again we see the truth about what orginized religion does. It brews discord and prejudices. I was once Christian, thank God I’ve thrown it aside for the truth. The truth that religion is just man made instutions for power and control of the masses. But, as we can see man failed and it brings mostly destruction. don’t believe me look at the news. What war are we in and why? Hummmmmmm. As a bumper sticker my room mate has I pray “God Save Me From Your Followers”

    The Spokesman

  22. onemorecup Says:

    Well in the very long and short of it…Ms. Coulter will never see this response, and quite openly, that’s okay with me.

    However, and I mean no disrespect to anyone here, there, or everywhere but kids..! Wake up and take a joke! This exact same line was used recently in a film (no doubt where Ms. Coulter procured it) whos title is escaping me at the moment. (Trust me, I’ll find it)

    Moreover, I have been told this by so many Jews from those sitting in Temple to Rabbi’s.

    It is a damn shame that when one gets so hell-bent into hatred it completely blinds them. I’ll be back with the line. Cheers! (and lighten up!)

    OMC

  23. onemorecup Says:

    Whew-hooo!

    Back already! The film was Independence Day and it is presently playing every other hour on the Encore channel on the east coast of the USA. Go look it up.

    Always reserve judgment that is someone else’s job.

  24. speakingoutworld Says:

    I don’t hate people like her, I hate the you follow our way or you are going to hell. Also the bad things that happen in my life is because I’m not following what the bible or some other religous book tells me too. Thats the crap I’m tired of and will continue to stand up against. It’s irrogance that I hate. Sorry about the spelling, Ive always been bad at spelling.

    The Spokesman

  25. Kathryn Says:

    Any “Christian” who hates Jews simply doesn’t understand their own theology. Every Christian denomination has its base in Judaism.

    As for Ms. Coulter (or any one else out there preaching what should and shouldn’t be) actions speak louder than words. If the Christian community would look for ways to build up then they wouldn’t have to encourage conversions. People would be flocking to join.

    As for the BC strip, here’s my opinion (take it for what it is). As a Christian, you believe that Christ fulfilled the laws of the Jewish community and there for “perfected” the life of the followers. It is the same beliefs taken to the next level.


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