Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ann Coulter is not a professional apologist

Mark Shea explains what Ann Coulter got wrong.

St. Paul tells us that it was Jesus who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, pastors, and teachers. So far as I can tell, however, there is no office in the Church of "Professional Bomb Thrower." That's just one of the reasons I don't turn to Ann Coulter as a source of Christian theology.

Some people do, though. And when that happens, the results can be most unfortunate. Recently, Donny Deutsch invited Coulter on his CNBC show The Big Idea for a segment called "Being Extreme Makes Millions." To no one's astonishment but Deutsch's, Coulter said some extreme things, which shows once again that many in the media seem to have the naïveté of children who poke sleeping dogs with sticks and are stunned to find they bite. What, after all, did he expect?


Ann, Ann, Ann. Stick to politics. Christians are not "perfected Jews." It is true that Christian teaching (I speak as a Catholic) says that the New Covenant in Christ Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Covenant vouchsafed to Israel, and that Jesus is the Messiah promised to the Jewish people. It is even true that Christians are, therefore, in the words of Pope Pius XI, "spiritual Semites." But the notion that Christians are "perfected" is cringe worthy. Christians are sinners, just as Jews, Englishmen, Hottentots, and Eskimos are. Only the saints in Heaven are "perfected."

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