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I don't usually write about religion, but I stumbled across a CNN article about Ann Coulter making comments concerning Christianity and Judaism. Notice the hate directed at Coulter in the reader comments after the CNN article. I have to admit, I was kind of shocked at the reaction to Coulter's words. I understand the need for tolerance, but it strikes me that a lot of people are calling Coulter a bigot and demanding that she lose her job here all because Coulter is MOUTHING THE TENETS OF CHRISTIANITY. Here is the crux of what she said (Deutsch is the interviewer, who is Jewish):
Deutsch: It would be better if we were all Christian ?
Deutsch: We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians then?
Coulter: Yeah. Well, it's a lot easier. It's kind of a fast track.
Deutsch: You can't possibly believe that. You can't possibly. You're too educated.
Coulter: Do you know what Christianity is ? See, we believe your religion, but you have to obey. We have the fast track program.
Later in the interview Deutsch asked Coulter if she doesn't want any Jews in the world:
Coulter: No, we think - we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.
Deutsch : Wow, you didn't really say that, did you ?
Coulter: Yeah, no, That's what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners.
Deutsch said he was personally offended.
Coulter: No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be. I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. 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 live up to all the laws. What Christians believe - this is just a statement of what the New Testament is - is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament.
Deutsch continued to call Coulter's comments anti-semetic.
Coulter: No, no, - I don't want you being offended by this. This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament. You know that. So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean, [the late Rev. Jerry] Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws. Ours is "Christ died for our sins". We consider ourselves perfected Christians. For me to say that for you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Christian is not offensive at all.
Now, Ann Coulter is a pretty blunt speaker here, as usual, but what bigoted and hateful remarks did she make ? It IS the teaching of Jesus that Christianity is the true religion. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me". Does that make Jesus an anti-Semitic hate-filled bigot too ? Jesus said he was the fulfillment of scripture, which is Jewish scripture. That is what Christians have to believe if they are to be Christians at all. Is it now bigotry to espouse Christianity ? Or are you allowed to be a Christian as long you shut the heck up about it ? I don't think Jesus was in favor of that either, or he wouldn't have given all those sermons, and the Apostles wouldn't have gone out to spread the word following his death, regardless of how politically incorrect it was, either then or now.
Or maybe, in this brave new world of moral relativity, equal validity of all views, and no absolute truth, you are allowed to say you are a Christian, as long as you don't really believe it, like certain presidential aspirants who get coached on how to fake religiosity so they can fool the bumpkins out in the heartlands of america into voting for them, not that I'm accusing any of our candidates of that (Hillary).