I�ve long believed that Fox News contributor, author, and
slash-and-burn right-wing columnist Ann Coulter was either a nut job or a
calculating avaricious alligator-skinned prima donna, who would say just about
anything to get her books on the best-seller list. Others have put her in the
category of a harmless loud-mouthed prankster, whose malicious outpourings
should be taken with a shovel of salt.
Lest you�ve forgotten, this is what Coulter had to say in
her Sept. 12, 2001 column: �We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the
ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill
their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren�t punctilious about
locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers; we carpet-bombed
German cities; we killed civilians. That�s war. And this is war."
Seems Ms. Coulter is either an insider or clairvoyant.
She was later to say: �If only we could get Muslims to
boycott all airlines we could dispense with airport security altogether.�
Coulter has also pressed law enforcement to racially profile
Muslims and has used blatantly racist comments to depict Arabs and Muslims that
are too offensive to be reproduced here.
It is, therefore, incredible that instead of being
ostracized for her verbal detritus, until recently Coulter has been a regular
guest on Fox News and has been invited to speak on college campuses and at
But now the emaciated plastic blonde with the serpentine
tongue may have crossed a line too red even for right-wing, Bible-thumping
America to swallow.
Coulter has taken on the Jews.
Her latest despicable attack poured forth during an
appearance on CNBC�s �The Big Idea," hosted by Donny Deutsch.
When asked about her vision of a perfect America, she said
it would �look like New York City during the Republican National
Convention." So far so good, but when pressed to expand, she said, �People
were happy. They�re Christian. They�re tolerant. They defend America, they . .
Naturally, this made Donny Deutsch, a self-confessed
practicing Jew, sit up and take notice. �Christian -- so we should be
Christian. It would be better if we were all Christian,� he asked. �Yes,"
answered Coulter before inviting her disbelieving host to attend church.
Things then went from bad to worse.
Deutsch: "So I should not be a Jew, I should be a
Christian, and this would be a better place?"
Coulter: "Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but
Deutsch: "I actually am. That�s not true. I really am.
But -- so we would be better if we were -- if people -- if there were no Jews,
no Buddhists . . ."
�We just want Jews to be perfected . . ." Coulter
�Wow, you didn�t really say that, did you?� responded an
incredulous Deutsch who was later to say he was personally offended by remarks
he considered anti-Semitic.
�Don�t you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic?� asked
Deutsch: "How do you not see? You�re an educated woman.
How do you not see that?"
Coulter: "That isn�t hateful at all."
�I don�t want you being offended by this,� she went on
shoving her feet even further down her mouth. �This is what Christians consider
themselves . . . We consider ourselves perfected Jews. For me to say that for
you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Jew is not offensive at
The Lobby is up in arms. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
issued a press release condemning Coulter�s �anti-Semitic comment that Christians
�want Jews to be perfected.��
�Coulter�s remarks are outrageous, offensive and a throwback
to the centuries-old teaching of contempt for Jews and Judaism. The notion that
Jews are religiously inferior or imperfect because they do not accept Christian
beliefs was the basis for 2,000 years of church-based anti-Semitism,� went the
missive. �Clearly, Ann Coulter needs a wake-up call about the power of words to
injure others and fuel hatred.�
Exactly! But where was the ADL when her target was Muslims and
Richard Sideman, the president of the American Jewish
Committee said: �Ms. Coulter�s assertion that Jews are somehow religiously
imperfect smacks of the most odious anti-Jewish sentiment.� The National Jewish
Democratic Council has called on �mainstream media outlets� to quit inviting
Coulter on their programs.
In Israel, the media reaction to Coulter�s comments is less
griping and more analytical. It seems the penny may have finally dropped as to
the weird Zionist-evangelical buddy-buddy relationship.
Here�s what Penina Taylor has to say in her column �Thank
you, Ann Coulter," published in Aretz Sheva: �Help me out here. I�m a
little confused. The entire Jewish world is up in arms about what Ann Coulter
said . . . Ann was caught saying out loud what every evangelical Christian has
been saying behind our back (and not behind our back) for two thousand years.
�What gets me isn�t that Ms. Coulter thinks that all Jews
need to be Christians -- I could have told you that. What gets me is that the
Jewish world has convinced itself that the evangelical Christian right doesn�t
really want us all to convert to Christianity. Hello? Is anyone home out
Ha�aretz columnist Bradley Burston appears to have
experienced an epiphany in his column �Ann Coulter�s dream of a Jew-free
He points out that Coulter has �waded into the mess first
made by Republican White House hopeful John McCain when he referred to America
as a nation founded on the principles of Christianity, indicating that he would
like to see a fellow Christian in the White House."
Burston then says his mea culpas: �I was wrong to write off
as mere stand-up racism her advice after the September 11 attacks� concerning
Coulter�s comments about �swarthy-looking males."
He also admits he was wrong to write-off her suggestion that
John Edwards should have been assassinated and her disgusting depiction of
�I was wrong to see her as some highly intelligent,
well-educated, perversely gifted panderer to the lower common denominator. I
should have taken her seriously,� he said.
�I�ll never underestimate her again,� he promises. �Ann
Coulter has a plan for the Jews. She has one for Muslims as well. And it�s her
people who are exactly the kind of Americans who could find the way to carry it
Couldn�t have said it better myself! If you come to Cairo,
Bradley, I might even offer to buy you a fuul sandwich.
Coulter has emerged as an unintentional whistle-blower. The
next time groups of messianic evangelicals decide to tour the Holy Land bearing
fistfuls of dollars for the �poor, downtrodden Israelis� who need to get on
with building their temple as a prerequisite to the Second Coming -- their
welcome may not be quite as warm.
S. Heard is a British specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She welcomes
feedback and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.