Monday, October 17, 2011

This Conservative Christian Should Be Fed To the Lions (August 10, 2007)

When author and political pundit Ann Coulter was recently asked by a CNBC talk show host, “If you had your way…what would this country look like?” she replied, referring to those at the 2004 GOP convention in New York City, “The people were happy. They're Christian…They defend America.”
Somewhat stunned, host Donny Deutsch then inquired, “It would be better if we were all Christian?” The conservative ambassador responded, “…We just want Jews to be perfected.”
No sooner were Coulter's words uttered than the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree or perhaps a Hanukkah menorah or Kwanzaa candelabra depending on your cultural preference.
But regardless of your point of view, you have to wonder why this controversial Barbie doll look-alike is at it again. Basically, it’s simple; she's trying to sell another book by putting herself in the glare of the media spotlight. So, while she’s out on the obligatory book tour, she didn't waste any time adding to her legacy of dumb statements to stir up a little controversy knowing those who agree with her contemptible point of view might be again conned into buying her latest volume of anti-liberal rants.
After all, she's had bestsellers before, after calling current Democratic presidential contender John Edwards a "faggot" and when she implied a particular group of 9/11 widows were reaping the rewards from their dead husbands' heroics. A few years ago she referred to Muslims as towel heads at some conservative gathering.
This woman seems to put her foot in her mouth more than a decent meal. She's so slender that when she stands sideways in bright sunlight, there's no shadow. If a strong gust of wind came along, she’d be blown away, hopefully to some remote desert island. Okay, enough with the Don Rickles-like abuse.
To take Coulter's comments too seriously would be a mistake. It’s as unsound as those who take George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen, Rosie O’Donnell, Sally Field and other liberal celebrity’s remarks as gospel. Celebrities just happen to have a public platform to express personal opinions on controversial matters; just as I do every week. No one, especially the personality, expects anything other than some to agree, others to disagree and most not to give a hoot.
But, to completely ignore Coulter’s biased remarks is also wrong because the choir to whom she preaches tends to bow at her feet even after she puts one of her digits in her mouth.
Nevertheless, just as black activists and others condemned morning talk show host Don Imus earlier this year for humor offered in poor taste about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which resulted in his dismissal, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) last week called on media outlets to stop inviting Coulter as a guest. They also strongly criticized her comments that Jews would be “perfected” by accepting the New Testament and that America would be better off if Judaism were “thrown away” and all Americans were Christian.
Imus lost his job and his reputation was fleetingly tarnished for his inflammatory words. However, after the initial frenzy, subsequent feedback about Coulter simmered and quickly became silent, proving once again that the rules and guidelines of civility are not always equitably applied. Coulter temporarily crawled away to let the dust settle over her latest imbroglio, while her book ranks a respectable 29 on the Amazon book list.
In the world of Ann Coulter, the commentator and columnist may consider herself a perfected Christian,” though I doubt her Savior would agree. From what little I know about the New Testament, Jesus Christ's teachings were about love and respect for one another, among other positive lessons. (Conservatives tend to overlook the fact that his teachings were left of center, but fundamentalists would never apply the dreaded "L" word to Jesus.) Coulter has shown time and again she lacks an ounce of respect for those who disagree with her conservative thinking.
Too bad we don’t practice what they did in ancient Rome, because Ann Coulter's one Christian I’d give a thumb up to see fed to the lions. Crucifying the contentious conservative sounds nice too.
I've never, nor do I intend to, read an Ann Coulter book unless it's titled, "Rejoice: This Is the Last Book I'll Ever Write." When I’m finished I just might burn it.