I must have gotten thirty emails since yesterday morning that said “are you going to blast Ann Coulter?” or “how come you aren’t talking about what Ann Coulter said?” Usually I am the first to rant about anti-Semitic statements, but I was going to pass on this story because I don’t think she is an anti-Semite or that her statement is anti-Semitic.
Firstly for those of you who were vacationing on the moon yesterday, Ann Coulter appeared on Donny Deutsch’s show on CNBC (sorry I have a friend that worked for his father and hence he will always be known as Donny to me). On the show she said some pretty controversial things the one that is getting the most attention is that in order to become perfect, Jews have to become Christians.
Some people say that her comment was anti-Semitic—its not. Ms Coulter’s comments had nothing to do with Jews, and everything to do with selling books. Every time she come out with a new book she manages to say something controversial to piss of one group and grab the headlines. When her last book came out she made a comment that the 9/11 widow were enjoying all of the attention they were receiving, it was almost as if they were enjoying their spouses death.
Even without the “marketing” angle she said nothing anti-Semitic. Let me put it this way, if Ms Coulter thought that Judaism was the way to perfection, she would convert. Or to put it another way, and I don’t mean anything disparagingly about what I am going to say, I think that Christians have it wrong—let face it, if I thought they had it right I would be going to Church on Sunday instead of Shul on Saturday. On the other hand I also belive that Judaism and Christianity are both paths to the same end. Ms Coulter didn’t say that Jews think they have a monopoly on God like Bishop Tutu, She only said that she believes her religion is the right one. Good for her ! Because if all Jews and all Christians believed that their faith was the correct one, and followed its teaching to a “t” then this world would be a MUCH better place.
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Folks Ann Coulter is a very smart woman. With this comment she will be on all of the news shows—-free marketing. As I said to a friend last night, I refuse to fall for a cheap PR trick, unless I have an exclusive. Please don’t get angry–because her approach has been working. She sells lots of books and she doesn’t hate Jews—-she loves residuals.
Anti-Jewish Attacks in US, Columnist Suggests Jews be Christians
by Hana Levi Julian
(IsraelNN.com) Anti-Semitic activity in the U.S. is on the rise, with two incidents reported this week on the eastern seaboard as top political columnist declares on national television that “it would be better if we were all Christian.”A rabbi suffered critical wounds after being severely beaten in the latest of several anti-Semitic attacks that have hit the community of Lakewood, New Jersey, home of the world-famous Lakewood Yeshiva. Rabbi Mordechai Moskowitz, age 53, was beaten earlier this week as he was walking to a synagogue. The attacker wielded an aluminum baseball bat and inflicted critical wounds on his head and other parts of the body, but Lakewood officials have not concluded the incidentwas anti-Semitic.Several weeks ago, attackers pelted a group of orthodox Jewish youth with eggs in a nearby community. Tension in the city has increased fears among the Jewish community. One teenage boy reported that a woman asked him to accompany her from a store to her car 100 feet away because she was afraid she would be attacked.Anti-Semites scrawled a Nazi swastika in a Columbia University bathroom, two days after a noose was found on a black professor’s door. University president Lee Bollinger said the swastika has been removed. The Nazi symbol was accompanied by a drawing on a bathroom door of a man wearing a skullcap (kippa). Bollinger said police are investigating.The incident occurred two weeks after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the university.Commentator Says Perfected Jews Would be ChristiansControversial right-wing political commentator, columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show host by saying during an appearance Monday that Jews need to be “perfected” by becoming Christians.Coulter continued her anti-Semitic conversation with an invitation to Donny Deutsch, the host of the CNBC show, “The Big Idea,” to “come to church with me.” Arutz-7’s Yishai and Malka Fleisher discussed Coulter’s anti-Semitic evangelical views this week on their Israel National Radio tallk show.Deutsch, who is Jewish, clearly could not believe what he was hearing, and reworded his question to the outspoken columnist: We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?” Coulter’s response: “Yeah.”Deutsch attempted during the interview to pin down what appeared to be Coulter’s clearly anti-Semitic stance. She didn’t budge. “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say…. His response: “Wow, you didn’t really say that, did you?”Coulter’s answer: “Yes. That is what Christianity is. We believe in the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. [While] You [Jews] have to obey laws… “Deutsch told the audience leading up to the commercial break, “If Ann Coulter had any brains she would not say Jews need to be perfected. I’m offended by that personally.”Following the commercial break, Deutsch gave Coulter a opportunity to explain why she thinks the entire country – and by extension, the entire world – should abandon any faith other than Christianity.“Don’t you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic…….. How do you not see? You’re an educated woman. How do you not see that?” he pursued.“That isn’t hateful at all,” she responded. “For me to say that for you to become … a perfected Christian is not offensive at all.”