Friday, October 26, 2007

Ann Coulter: Christians are Perfected Jews

Monday night on the CMBC Ann Coulter described her ideal country as one that would be full of Christians. Donny Deutsch, who was conducting the interview and is a practicing Jew himself (despite Coulter's insistence that he is not), responded with "what about Jews"? Coulter's drawn out response was that Jews are unperfected Christians.

Later, when given the opportunity to clarify, Coulter said she did not mean to be offensive "but that is what Christians consider themselves--perfected Jews." Then she offered this piece of theology: "We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to, you know, live up to all of the laws. [...] Christians believe in the Old Testament, you don't believe in the New Testament." (View the video here).

Burt Prelusky, who is also Jewish, wrote a column in Pajamas Media today declaring that he was not the slightest bit offended. For one thing, Prelusky explains, "I am not religious." Unlike other atheists and agnostics he knows, Prelusky prefers the company of religious persons. is it my concern what people believe if it gets them through the bad times or it helps them to lead decent lives? I think the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule make a lot of sense, but I don’t feel the need to believe that Noah set sail with the world’s largest zoo or that Jonah set up housekeeping in the belly of a whale. In the immortal words of Ira Gershwin, I’m of the opinion that it ain’t necessarily so. But, heck, I’ve been wrong before and I have two divorces to prove it.
Ah, the old "Am I my brother's keeper?" defense. And in Coulter's defense, Prelusky offers another timeless fig leaf:
we shouldn’t forget that Coulter has a new book out. By uttering those few rather benign words on Donny Deutsch’s show, she has garnered a million dollars worth of free publicity, guaranteeing that If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans will be a blockbuster.

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