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Ann Coulter and the Christians

I am waiting for conservative Christian activists to denounce Ann Coulter. I’m waiting and waiting and waiting and I’m waiting. This does not seem like a tough one, after all, Coulter has now publicly said of presidential candidation John Edwards she wished, “he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
Christians involved in politics must do the hardest thing of all – they must push for their positions in such a way as to bring glory to God. If they don’t do that, if they don’t sublimate their politics to God something horrible happens – politics becomes their God.
History is replete with examples of how this works well – the Underground Railroad, abolition, the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage – this is not one of those times. Too many conservative Christian activists are behaving as if God is subordinate to their political desires…or worse that he is simply a pawn to be used in their desires.
Ann Coulter is a perfect little example of this problem. Countless conservative Christians embrace her and groups like the so-called Family Research Council feature her at banquets. And when she says things like wishing death upon a presidential candidate the Christians say nothing at all.
Who will step forward first? A lot of people are waiting…

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posted June 27, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Well, I’m politically conservative and confess Jesus as my Lord and savior and an activist on disability issues, if that counts. I’ll happily call Ann Coulter a dismal idiot. I don’t wish her death or further misery but I wish I personally never heard her name mentioned or a single quote from coiled tongue. She’s the Paris Hilton of politics.
Feel any better?

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posted June 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Ann Coulter is truly the worst – worse than Glen Beck or Rush. I think of three or four psychiatic diagnoses that might work well, but the problem is that she truly appeals to the very worst and most base human instincts, has no care for any person at all, and will say anything – borderline, hystrionic, narcissist – doesn’t make much difference, she’s still on TV. I don’t know a single conservative who doesn’t cringe at her name – but that might be because I have an unusually great group of friends and acquaintances.
I’ve tried praying for her and that certainly didn’t last long. I wrote Hardball yesterday to at least put in my two cents worth. Elizabeth Edwards – the antitheses to Coulter asked her to please stop the personal attacks. “So, you’re asking me not to write,” It seems that personal attack are all she has in her arsenal and that is it. She is a sick woman – Coulter not Edwards. Edwards is a truly whole person who has a physical illness. Coulter is the opposite. But, getting all upset everytime she speaks does nothing.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 1:24 pm

Thinker, I am an avid fan of Ambrose Bierce, who might have said the same as Coulter did. Personal attacks were his gig and his writing is exceptional and I admit to really enjoying reading his slams. But, it is one thing to hyperbolize the foibles of stuffed shirts with an emphasis on wit and a sense of fairness that the basic criticisms are of the speech and actions of the infividual. Coulter just laments her own victimization, perpetuates stereotypes and generally acts like a two-year-old only child with a grad-school vocabulary while spitting venom at the elites conspiring against the nation and its principles.
She mistakes mindless provocation for inspiration and bile for wit.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 2:09 pm

My teenage son was a huge fan of Coulter until she began to say some “off the wall” things last year.
Since then he hasn’t even paid $1.00 for one of her books at the library sales!
See, there IS a future to the Republican party. :)

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posted June 27, 2007 at 2:17 pm

I criticized Ann Coulter on my blog several months ago after her previous rude comment about Edwards. The remark this time seems to be an attempt at satirizing Bill Maher’s similar statement about the world being better off if Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. Not that it matters, of course; the fact that one person made a low blow doesn’t authorize everyone else to do so.
I don’t care for either Edwards or Cheney. But wishing death on people, even in jest, is not helpful. Maher and Coulter both need to stop saying such things.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 2:59 pm

More than criticize Coulter, I think those who lend her visibility and therefore pay her bills (as in, by having her on their show) should be boycotted. It’s no longer funny. She is a dangerous bigot who is trying to promote a culture of open hostility and hatred against gays by using hate slang (I don’t even want to imagine what kind of people are paying her for this) and now even calling for the murder of her opponents.

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Dan Mosqueda

posted June 27, 2007 at 3:39 pm

If you listen to Ann Coulter long enough you can glean some value, but it’s too hard to bother anymore. She is an embarassment at this point. I much prefer thoughtful commentators like Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved (don’t like his immigration stance, but that’s just one issue), and especially Dennis Prager. I thought Dennis Prager was a Christian for goodness sake initially – he has a much better witness than most of us!
Ann Coulter’s participation in Hannity and Colmes has steered me away from that generally good program. I think O’Reilly has basically reduced her visits quite a bit. I would lump her in with Rush Limbaugh’s brand of being mean and than passing it off as humor when it’s brought up to them.
It’s a shame because she could be really valuable.

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Robert Morwell

posted June 27, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Hannity recently had Ann Coulter on to respond to Obama’s speech in which he said that political conservatives have “hijacked” Christianity.
I wrote a letter telling him that I could not imagine a worse spokesperson than Coulter. I cited her interview on Beliefnet in which she was snide, snarky, self-righteous, and crassly flippant. If this is the best Hannity can come up with, then he is as spiritually bankrupt as this media harpie.
I have resolved to turn off any program on which her gaunt, sneering visage appears. I am done with her and anyone who gives her a microphone.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 6:54 pm

If I were to meet Ann Coulter in person, I would politely ask her to remove the cross she wears around her neck. What a shameful witness
for the cause of Christ. I, too, have often wished that someone with a Billy Graham-like credibility would publicly admonish those who claim to be Christian to be more careful with their words (on both the left and right).

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posted June 27, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Marlene, you are so correct.
Christianity has been used by people all along the political spectrum. Was it G.K. Chesterton who said that Christianity was a great concept and it was too bad it hadn’t been tried yet. Coulter seems to have some sort of actual mental issue. Empathy is our first moral lesson and she seems to have missed it. You remember being asked at age 2 or 3 – Now, how do you think that might have made him feel?” Empathy for another is a basic human motivation and whenever I see it missing, I really worry. A friend of mine commits to being a practicing Christian – it’s like the piano – it takes lots of practice. And he is one of the most Christian people I know. So, I figure I’ve got a ways to go. And I hate those kind of conversations that compare the Christian journeys of some to another. I prefer to think that we are all models for one another. When I get it right – somebody might use me as a model and when Billy Graham, Fred Rogers, Mother Theresa, St. Theresa of Lisieux, Pope John XXIII etc – get it right – well, I have a hint as to what it looks like to follow Christ. A friend once said, You can’t be a Christian until you actually meet one. I’m not sure Ann Coulter has met one yet. There is hope in that she wants to be Christian.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Ann seems to think two wrongs can make a right, and she’s going to right the left’s wrongs. But, I think most of us learned in the second grade that that approach to human conflict is not appropriate. I have to admit when I discovered her writings 5 or 6 years ago, she made me chuckle. But, the last three years or so have been mean and coarse.
I’m not a big Christian leader with clout and influence, but your right David, its time for some of those folks to take her aside for correction. A big round of apologies are owed to a number of people, most notably the Edwardses. This could be a problem for Coulter because her whole image is that of a “never back down polemicist.” A softer, gentler Coulter may not play well. It may not produce profits, but it would be better for her soul.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Beliefnet could do its part by publicly apologizing for polluting its website with its God-awful interview with Coulter a couple years back, in which they let Coulter portray herself as a Christian. It was a horrid fluff piece that marked a very, very sad day in Bnet’s journey.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Coulter can never apologize for her years of hate because she now IS her hate. She’s very much like a porn addict who is internally transformed by their addiction to that filth. The porn addict ends up getting into sicker and sicker smut. Coulter, similarly, has a lust for hating and like that porn addict, will say and write even more sickening verbal sewage in the future. Coulter will become far more of a disgusting public spectacle and a far, far more verbally filthy embarassment to conservatives, not less.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 9:28 pm

One last comment: If Coulter wrote her vile denegration of the widows of 9/11 on Sept. 12, 2001, she would now be quite deservingly eating her meals out of dumpsters now.
People regardless of politics would have been livid, she would have been the media equivalant of skunk oil, and her career would have been over. Gone. Kaput.
Instead in 2006 she sold a boatload of books and people loved it.
Think about THAT, folks.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I hate to seem like I’m defending Coulter, because I think she’s a sorry excuse for a human being, but she didn’t call for Edwards to be assasinated. She was refering to Bill Maher’s comment that Cheney should die in a terrorist attack, a comment which Maher didn’t get critisized for. She said that apparently she should call for the same thing for Edwards if she didn’t want to be critisized. She wasn’t calling for his death, she was making a statment about the double standard (as she sees it) being applied, when Bill Maher can get away with saying such things, while she cannot.

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Glen Asbury

posted June 27, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Ditto to kauko15. I have problems with Ann Coulter as a representative of the conservative political persuasion (though I’m not sure she would claim to be). If you listen to the whole quote in context though, David, you will see that she is merely parodying what Bill Maher actually did say about Cheney.

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David Kuo

posted June 27, 2007 at 10:55 pm

What a great conversation this is. I am privileged to read it. I am challenged by it. I am really blessed that you guys engage as you do. Thank you.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 11:13 pm

When filling in for Albert Mohler today, Russell Moore went on the record denouncing Coulter on The Albert Mohler Program. See first segment in link below:

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posted June 27, 2007 at 11:51 pm

Has Ann Coulter slaughtered tens of millions of innocent human beings that did nothing worse than be an inconvenient consequence of promiscuity?
Liberals have. Democrats have.
Is Ann Coulter pushing Marxism on the United States in the guise of taxation and helping the poor?
Liberals are. Democrats are.
Is Ann Coulter pushing into a civil rights category where men demand to marry men and women demand to marry women and even to “have” children raised in that setting?
Liberals are. Democrats are.
If yoy desire that “Christians” represent Jesus and the Gospel in their political endeavors – which is absolutely correct – then please “judge” those on the Left by the exact same morality. They are far worse an example of what Christians should do than Ann “The Obnoxious” Coulter.
Liberals don’t represent what a Christian should be and do. Democrats don’t represent what a Christian should be and do.
True, Mzzzzzzz. Coulter – unlike my mother, my father, my wife, and the women and men in my Christian community in my town – is not a good example of a Biblically sound Christian. I wish she would take off that cross she wears, but she is far better than what the Liberals and the Democrats are literally saying and doing every single day.

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c kitty

posted June 28, 2007 at 12:10 am

Ms Coulter has beeb blessed with intelligence, good education and the gift of gab. And then she goes and foolishly squanders her blessings on trashing people. Where did all that venom come from?
I have never understood why anyone, especially those claiming to be Christians, would want to align with her. If she were pretending to represent me, I would disassociate from her at lightening speed. I expect it will get worse as we get closer to the election, unless people of character on both the left and right turn it away.
I have often thought the lesson might be taught to Coulter supporters by taking a few pages of her writings and editing them by replacing the names of Democrats with names of prominent Republicans and presenting it as the work of a liberal author.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 8:02 am

If you use the Gospel of Christ Jesus as a guide and the teachings and perspectives of the Apsotles as found in the New Testament, you would have to wonder how anyone that thought of themselves as a Christian, could align themselves with Liberals and Democrats and keep a straight face while doing so. (No pun intended.)
Mzzzzzzzz, Coulter, shouldn’t use invectives, insults or epithets in any form (even though Jesus and the Apostles did). But even if she didn’t, if she continues teaching commonsense morality – which is to say “correct” morality, then she will be just as hated by The Left.
Which now includes so many Democrats, that you cannot see nor can you hear the good people that used to exist in that party. Like Lot and his family, they are shouted down.
Now is calling the Liberals and Democrats, chaff-like and weedlike as mentioned in the Gospel, or referencing Sodom and Molech worshippers when speaking of Liberals and Democrats (when comparing the believers to non believers) any less discomforting to a Liberal or Democrat than using some of the more modern words Mzzzzzzzz, Coulter does?
In fact, didn’t Jesus literally upset people by how he referred to them?
If we are to correctly view Mzzzzzzz, Coulter’s words and actions, then clearly Liberals and Democrats should remove their crosses while in public.
When in the Church do as Christ would.
I guess WWJD looks better.
Unless of course you’re a Liberal and a Democrat. Then, WWJD, since He already has on things like marriage, is a hate crime to the Liberals and Democrats.
You know folks, seriously, this is a serious issue.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 9:02 am

You did not print the full story of why Ann Coulter made those remarks. Bill Maher made them in reference to Vice President Cheney and she was just mimicking them with John Edwards. This is what is wrong with the media. No one prints the full story and people get the wrong idea of a situation. When writing articles please present all of the facts.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 9:08 am

So where does this type of behavior leave a Christian as far as political involement? On the left you have Abortion, Gay Marriage etc. On the right you have pre-emptive war, corruption, a blatant disregard for the poor etc. Neither party represents Christians and Ann Coulter is just the worst example of an ongoing problem among both parties. With the 2008 election coming where is a Christian to go?

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posted June 28, 2007 at 10:01 am

Ann Coulter is far from the worst example. All she is is a loud mouth that is right about the Left far more than she is wrong.
Any Democrat leftist makes her look like a canonized saint. Ted Kennedy kills a woman and Massachusetts (of course) keeps re-electing this miscreant.
And the freedom that conservative beliefs bring to the poor could and does truly free them. Socialized slavery of welfare and excuses for wrong behaviors given to the poor by Liberals and Democrats, leave the poor in poordom.
Christians shouldn’t yoke themselves to either political party. Looking at what some GOP elected officials are now doing, it is clear that Democrat is infecting them too.
I’m sure though, in regards to the Iraq war, there are millions of Kurds that are happy for our pre-emptive actions. I guess the Leftists just disregard the numbers of UN actions and decisions handed down over Iraq. It seems that Leftists take their world affairs as lightly as they do Biblical truth.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 11:25 am

You should read the context of what Ann said about John Edwards. Maybe Christians should not quote out of context.
I am a Christian and Ann does not offend me whatsoever. She is a warrior and we should be praying for her.
As mentioned in previous posts,if you think what she said is provocation, Jesus called people vipers and snakes, John the Baptist used the word viper and Paul never missed an opportunity to denigrate the motives of the enemy. Paul even wished castration on the enemies of God.

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terry cordoba

posted June 28, 2007 at 12:32 pm

he who denounces will be denounced. judge not that ye be
not judged. bible belt thumpers bash with verses.
oral tradition more important. no one knew how to read until
maybe the 17th century. would god, give only a written tradition
when no one knew how to read and write? the bible was compiled
by men at the council of nicea. it was translated by st. jerome,
into latin. there are bibles and there are bibles. the apocrypha
is legion. faith without works is dead. sexual conservatives
demand redress of grievances against christians in porno.
go and sin all you want? be ye forgiven? or go and sin
no more. most are ignorant of what sin is. its just sodom
and gomorrah, and we like lot have to flee. to carry on the
race, lot made love to his daughters. incest. violation of sacred
laws. of course, walk it out in his shoes. now don’t start
giving counterarguments, resign from the debating society will ya.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 4:13 pm

So Jesus and John called others vipers. To paraphrase, Ann Coulter is no Jesus or John.

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Phil DeBrier

posted June 28, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Well, I’m still waiting for Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players, but I’m not holding my breath. That would mean having to admit you are wrong, which is political suicide these day. The minute you do that all your opponents will accuse you of flip flopping……seems a shame that having the strength of character to admit you are wrong is such a liability these days….

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Michael Oliver

posted June 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

You should read the passage in the Bible that says “Thou Shalt Not Lie” because lying is exactly what you are doing here. Ann was paraphrasing a remark Bill Maher said when he advocated, without humor, the murder of the Vice President of the United States, for which he received no condemnation whatsoever. Then that clip was taken out of context and showed repeatedly on news programs, which was yellow, hack journalism at its worst. Then you pick it up and try to score cheap points towards conservative christians, for whom you obviously feel disdain.
Coulter advocated the murder of no one, her remarks were taken out of context in an attempt at character assassination. You owe her an apology.

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posted June 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm

“Coulter” and “Christian” in the same sentence?
Only in America…

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posted June 28, 2007 at 8:06 pm

And I thought bearing false witness counted as sin among Christians.

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posted June 29, 2007 at 10:34 am

Bill Maher is not reflecting poorly on conservative Christians. Ann Coulter is. Why should conservatives be upset by an opponent’s bad behavior? It can only help us.
In any event, here’s the remark in context:
COULTER: Though about the same time Bill Maher said — and by the way, I did not call John Edwards the “F” word. I said I couldn’t talk about him because you go into rehab for using that word.
CUOMO: You say you were — you were joking.
COULTER: Oh yeah, I wouldn’t insult gays by comparing them to John Edwards. That would be mean. But about the same time — you know — Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.

So no, she was not actually wishing that Edwards were dead. But she was still making excuses for calling him a “faggot.”

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posted June 30, 2007 at 7:54 pm

So what if Ann Coulter has received a good education. It was a wasted effort because everything knows, she learned in kindergarten.

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