Ann Coulter and the Jewish Problem


Those not hiding in a cave or immersed entirely in Torah study for the past two days — and in either case, why would you then be reading Cross-Currents? — are undoubtedly aware that Ann Coulter has it out for the Jews, insisting that we all need to be “perfected.” And for this, Coulter — no stranger to controversy — is being pilloried in the media. CNN said that she “took a sharp swipe at Jews — that’s at least the way a lot of people are interpreting it.”

The only problem is, that’s not what happened, she demonstrated not an iota of anti-Semitism, and the media is taking her to task for being nothing more nor less than a traditional Christian, and quite a tolerant one, at that. The media’s true target is traditional religion, and it would do for traditional Jews to be part of setting the record straight.

What happened was that Donny Deutsch, a Jewish talk-show host, asked her what her dream America would look like. And she said it would “look like New York during the Republican National Convention.” Note, of course, that for her to want everyone to be Republican is not considered offensive. No one would dare condemn her for thinking her political ideology is correct. After all, Teddy Kennedy and have the same flaw in a very different direction.

But Deutsch isn’t satisfied with the answer. He says no, no, not just the politics, what’s the country going to look like. And she says “Well, everyone would root for America, the Democratic Party would look like Joe Lieberman, the Republican Party would look like Duncan Hunter…” Hey, did you notice? Her model Democrat is a kike! Some anti-Semite she’d make… which, of course, explains why the edited videos skip this passage. Deutsch isn’t done, so he keeps after her until she says “Well, OK, take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America, they…” and we’ll never find out what else they are, because that’s when Deutsch leaped down her throat.

In reality, Coulter shows a pretty liberal Christian perspective. Deutsch says to her “So I should not be a Jew, I should be a Christian, and this would be a better place?” Her answer: “Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but you’re not.” Catch that? Her view is that a better America would be a more religious America.

She also says, “We believe your religion, but you have to obey.” Judaism isn’t wrong according to her version of Christianity (as I said, she is pretty liberal). She doesn’t say Judaism is wrong. She says Christianity is “a lot easier. It’s kind of a fast track.” Guess what? Christianity is a lot easier than observing 613 Commandments. And she believes it works.

Is this a surprise? In the words of Iago, the obviously, stereotypically Jewish-sounding parrot in Disney’s Alladin — the Jewish character is the one with the mile-long shnozolla, and no one gets upset at that — “I think I’m just going to die from that surprise!” [Yeah, he’s Jewish all right.]

For this, Deutsch attempts to compare her with Iran, and wiping Israel off the map. She then clarifies that this isn’t what she said at all, but that, as Christians, “we just want Jews to be perfected.”

It’s completely acceptable to think your politics are right and everyone else’s is wrong, but to think your religion has it right is evil and backwards — even if she acknowledges that practicing Judaism would contribute just as well to making America a better place. Again, the true target here isn’t Coulter, but religion, and the true intolerance here is coming not from Coulter, but from Deutsch.

Read the transcript, watch the full video, and see for yourself.

UPDATE: We all know that Coulter has said things which are outlandish, outrageous, and/or just plain dumb. Please don’t take us off topic by going there. The question was and remains if what she said in this instance was at all offensive.

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54 Responses

  1. Ori Pomerantz says:

    One Christian, may I add a bit of context to Dr Hall’s comments?

    Jewish law comes in three flavors:

    1. Written Torah, the Pentatuch
    2. Oral Torah, which is mostly written down in the Mishnah and Talmud
    3. Rabbinic ordinances since the time of Sinai

    When the Written Torah and the Oral Torah appear to contradict each other we go by the Oral Torah, because it is the version with the explanations. For example, despite the heavy reliance on the death penalty in the Pentatuch, an execution every seventy years is considered excessive.

    Dr. Hall assumes that Catholicism works the same way. Catholics believe that at the start of their religion they got the “deposit of faith”, which is partially documented in the New Testament. Since then, their hierarchy has had changes to their laws (for example, clerical celibacy). Just as an outsider would not be able to understand Judaism from the Pentatuch, an outsider would not be able to understand Catholicism from the NT. Therefore, somebody who isn’t conversant in Catholic theology shouldn’t try to argue about their religious laws, their version of Halacha.

    Personally, I think Ann Coulter is justified because she doesn’t claim to know Catholic theology – she claims that Chris Korzen contradicts other Catholics who presumably have greater authority, such as the Bishops. This would be like you saying if you saw a Jew mixing meat and dairy that it’s not Kosher – you’re not a Kashrut expert, but you know enough to know that the expert say that’s bad.

  2. One Christian's perspective says:

    From Ori’s link, it looks like Ms. Coulter, a non-Catholic, is publicly accusing the leader of a prominent Catholic lay organization with an advanced degree in theology from a Jesuit seminary of not understanding Catholic theology. I’m keeping out of this one!

    Comment by Charles B. Hall, PhD

    In all due respect Mr Hall, all of Coulter’s comments must be seen in their entirety. What she is saying does not address the degrees of Chris Korzen but rather his actions and words when compared to the New Testament teaching which must be the authority for Christians as well as comments by the late Pope Paul VI. Calling oneself a Christian or even a specific type of Christian by denominational definition does not make one a Christian if their walk does not match their talk. According to Coulter, his talk and walk doesn’t even match the NT. There have been – I am guessing – very many learned people in both your faith and mine over the years whose very deeds and actions did not match G-d’s commands. In the case of education and degrees, I would side with G-d first since His wisdom is greater and He is the author of the Bible and the author and perfector of faith. If Moses could speak G-d’s words to the entire nation of Israel and they heard and said “We will” something was happening that was outside of what man himself brought to the table; it was G-d’s very own Spirit touching the hearts and minds of His chosen people to enable them to understand just like His Spirit did later when the Tabernacle was constructed. The Bible says draw near to G-d and He will draw near to you; it doesn’t say don’t come unless you have tons of credentials because all G-d wants is yourself.

  3. Charles B. Hall, PhD says:

    From Ori’s link, it looks like Ms. Coulter, a non-Catholic, is publicly accusing the leader of a prominent Catholic lay organization with an advanced degree in theology from a Jesuit seminary of not understanding Catholic theology. I’m keeping out of this one!

  4. Recorder says:

    Coarse language in the public realm can be traced directly to the Nixon Watergate tapes: when it became clear Nixon’s mouth was a sewer, suddenly language became debased. And he was a right winger.