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October 12, 2007
The "Perfected" Jew
That tall, blonde, skinny deliberately provocative lawyer, writer and tv commentator has done it again: Ann Coulter deliberately uttered an outrageous remark to snatch some precious media attention to herself and her new book.
Slash-and-burn columnist Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show audience Monday when she declared that Jews need to be "perfected" by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian. Writing as a Jewish perfected Jew who once had to resort to calling in a lawyer to threaten a tenant/neighbor with legal action for trespassing, harassment and for good measure, hate crime, if she didn't stop pestering me to convert and fending off numerous other colleagues with loud laughter and an abrupt "No. Don't ever bother me again." my initial (I might change my mind depending...) reaction is similar to that of the non Jewish Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs:
Coulter made the remarkable statements during an often heated appearance to promote her new book on advertising guru Donny Deutsch's CNBC show "The Big Idea."
In response to a question from Deutsch asking Coulter if "it would be better if we were all Christian," the controversial columnist responded: "Yes." "We should all be Christian?"
Deutsch repeated. "Yes," Coulter responded, asking Deutsch, who is Jewish, if he would like to "come to church with me."
Deutsch, pressing Coulter further, asked, "We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?" She responded: "Yeah."
Coulter deflected Deutsch's assertion that her comments were anti-Semitic, matter-of-factly telling the show's obviously upset host, "That is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews."
From my reading, Coulter was simply stating standard Christian doctrine—with a little extra edginess to get Deustch wound up. Looks like it worked, and now she’ll sell some more books as a result. Judging by her past statements on religions other than Christianity ("Moslems should be forcibly converted to Christianity") Coulter was just saying out loud what most Christians, both liberal and conservative and all across the spectrum believe. But just doing it in her "deliberately offensive" manner.
Note that I am not “defending” Ann Coulter’s statement; I think it was another deliberately offensive comment from someone with a long history of making deliberately offensive comments, to promote her books.
Is this the equivalent of "nappy headed ho" from the also deliberately offensive Don Imus? "Hymietown" from the perennially offended Jesse Jackson? Personally I'm glad Coulter put her religious beliefs out in the open; not the mealy mouthed, morally equivalent "All religions are good" which is meaningless. Freedom of speech and all that you know.
Hey, at least she's not dedicated to blowing us all up. Yet, remember, others are.