You Gotta Remember: Ann Coulter Called John Edwards “a Faggot.”

You gotta remember: Ann Coulter called erstwhile presidential candidate and famous adulterer John Edwards “a faggot.” 

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I do not think she was referring to a torch that people carry when they go to a lynching. I’m pretty sure that Ms Coulter was trying to say that former presidential candidate and besotted adulterer John Edwards is a homosexual. 

Aside from the fact that Mr Edwards’ flaming heterosexuality gifted him with a love child and put him in federal court defending his freedom, the salient point for the purpose of this post, is that Ms Coulter says stupid, mean things for their shock value. She also makes a lot of money doing this. 

Her latest sally into stupid meanness kinda goes off the cliff on the cold-blooded indifference to human suffering side of arguing. Ms Coulter is a beautiful woman, and she’s certainly talented, but her public utterances are so mean that she’s made herself into a caricature of meanness. 

She’s the non-cigar-smoking, good-looking, female version of Rush Limbaugh

In her latest sally down I-won’t-lift-my-little-finger-off-my-Bible-to-help-anybody lane, Ms Coulter levels a blast of what is almost incomprehensible hate at ebola-virus-victim Dr Kent Brantley. Her reason? His illness cost the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA a lot of money, and, oh yes, America needs help, too.  

She soundly and roundly condemns Dr Brantley for going to serve in Africa, asking the question “Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?”

Then she goes off on a round of arm waving and diatribing about how god (little “g” god) is an american (little “a” american), and america’s got problems and we need to take care of our problems and let the rest of the world go to hell. What she leaves out of this nifty little analysis is that if we do that, we won’t have to go to hell. We’ll already be there. 

Because that’s what hell is: A world without the real (big G) God. 

You know: The God who stepped down from heaven (a higher plane than america, by the way) to become one of us. The God who worked as an ordinary carpenter and consented to be tortured, mocked, shamed and murdered to save us from the exact kind of world Ms Coulter is lobbying for: A world where the biggest and meanest make all the rules and the rest of us are bugs that get squashed under the wheels of the biggest and the meanest’s overweening greed, indifference and narcissism. 

Why did Dr Brantley go to Africa? I don’t know the man, but I think it’s just possible that he went there because God called him to go there. It’s also more than likely that the reason these Christian charities spent all that money is because God has also called them to do things like that.

It may be that the reason God allowed Dr Brantley to get sick in the first place was to give those of us in the “developed” world at poke in the side; a wake-up call that we need to get serious about stopping the suffering in Africa. 

Of course, there is nothing new under the sun. Everything Ms Coulter spits out has already been said, and not in a “letter” to the public. The first time these words of Ms Coulter’s were spoken, they came out in one sentence in a very private conversation.  

Am I my brother’s keeper? 

The answer to that question is the same today as it was then: Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 

You either believe God meant what He told us, or you don’t. You either follow Him and do as He commands, or you won’t. Justifying your refusal to follow the real, big “G” God by waving around little “g” god rules some little g god media preacher made up to lead you astray doesn’t get you out of anything. It only hardens you in your sin. 

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What have you done? Where is your brother?

How should I know where he is? Am I my brother’s keeper? 

Don’t follow Ann Coulter and her little g gods of narcissistic greed and indifference to human suffering. 

Political gods are demonic gods. 

All of them. 

From Human Events:

I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered.

What was the point? 

Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)

There’s little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?

Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first “risk factor” listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola — an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate — is: “Travel to Africa.”

Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?

 

For more on this topic, check out Elizabeth Scalia, whose book Strange Gods is about our practice of turning away from God to follow little g gods, rightly labels Ms Coulter’s “schtick” as a danger to our souls while Simcha Fisher contrasts Coulter’s message with that of Jesus. 

  • Dustin Moody

    Good thoughts, Elizabeth. I’ve purchased Ms. Coulter’s books in the past and I’ve attended a few of her talks. I feel as though her rhetoric has gotten more and more caustic over the past few years, moving from political satire (though obviously outlandish) to rambling, hateful diatribes. I stopped actively following Ms. Coulter when she spoke out against my own pastor and his public comments on immigration. It’s one thing to point out disagreement, which is an art that seems to have been lost recently; it’s another thing altogether to question morals, motives, and intelligence. Obviously she can say and write whatever she likes and make a good living doing so, but I don’t have to fund it. The price paid for Dr. Brantley’s service and homecoming pales in comparison to the domestic relief work undertaken by countless Christian charities and nonprofits. Conflating that with Obamacare is disingenuous at best, considering that it’s likely privately funded.

  • Sus_1

    Ann Coulter provokes something. I’m tempted to write mean and snarky things about her right now. I’m sorry that there are people that take her seriously and sorrier that I allow her to provoke me!

    • pagansister

      Yes, Sus_1, how is it that anyone can take that woman seriously? I don’t know. She provokes me the same way that Rush does—so I never listen to either of them.

    • Ken

      You have more strength than me! I’ve been writing nasty things about her since I read this. What a waste! She wins again! Thanks for posting this. I’m done fighting this hate with more hate.

    • Mary E.

      And that is exactly what she is trying to do–provoke other people Or certain types of other people who she sees as enemies. She wants to draw liberal-progressive thinkers out to a point where they lose control and say things they later regret, so that she can use that information against them later. It is a deliberate tactic, designed to provoke a response.

  • oregon nurse

    While I agree that most of her rant was ridiculous for anyone who considers herself a christian I think she did have an economic point in this case and she should have stuck only to that. I think the care could have been taken far more cost effectively to the sick Americans where they were and setting up the means to treat them effectively at the source would be beneficial to the population suffering from this disease. Not to mention bringing them home smacks a little unpleasantly of elitism. I’m guessing they took some convincing. I was actually concerned the trip home would make them worse.

    I do have an answer to her question “Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?” It’s very hard to serve the neediest because people of her political persuasion make it impossible through their economic policies. It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t want charitable coffers unnecessarily depleted overseas or ‘those people’ allowed in because that might mean more taxes to her at home.

  • pagansister

    Staying in the realm of being able to have this posted, Ms. Coulter is as much a waste of air as Rush Limbaugh. Good comparison when you said she is the female Rush! Both not worth listening to, IMO.

  • niknac

    Ann Coulter is a paid hack. Not a Christian. Not an academic. Makes no claim to compassion. She is clever, facile and totally insincere.

    • hamiltonr

      That’s pretty rough niknac, and almost certainly outside what any of us here know of her. Let’s not descend to name-calling.

      • Eric

        Seriously, you imply that she is Cain in your essay. About as big as you can get in the name calling arena.

        • hamiltonr

          I didn’t call her anything except beautiful and talented.

          I said that the gist of the letter she wrote has been said before, including once in one sentence: Am I my brother’s keeper? I was discussing what she wrote and drawing what, to me at least, was a rather obvious analogy.

  • AnneG

    Rebecca, I don’t really understand your rant or even your interest in Ann Coulter. I don’t know what her problem is, but she’s really not very influential. There are some things I agree with her about, pretty much the same that I agree with you about, but when she goes off she’s just as bad as the viciousness on the left. She just does not resort to 4 letter words.
    I’m generally against work groups going to “mission fields.” Usually Catholics have missionaries who live in the place forever. I think that’s better.
    I don’t know who paid for transporting the patients, but we always had insurance that would have done just what happened. I’m glad they are getting better and think they are in the best place to be treated themselves and that treatment may result in more effective treatments for those in Africa. I sure hope so.
    Ann Coulter, though? Who cares? She’s in danger saying this kind of stuff.

  • FW Ken

    Dr. Brantley did his residency here in Fort Worth, which is giving me a totally unwarranted surge of hometown pride.

    Ann Coulter is just sad. In 2003, some millions of dollars were spent at Children’s Hospital in Dallas separating twin boys conjoined at the top of their heads. Therapy went on forever. To me, that’s a tremendously happy story. And will Ann Coulter know that sort of happiness?

    We receive in proportion to the openness with which we give. That’s not just a religious dogma, it’s a psychological and human reality. Personally, I’d rather be happy than rich, which is good, since I’ll never be rich.

  • hamiltonr

    Mary, what she said was reprehensible. You’re spinning webs to try to excuse it when the plain facts speak for themselves.

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      They do, but I’m afraid they say rather more than you think, Rebecca. Coulter is a lawyer, and she is fully in the worst tradition of current American legal attitudes – attitudes I have met in person; she thinks that getting a decision, no matter how, no matter by what means, is always and inevitably a moral victory. She does not even begin to realize that lies and demagoguery demean your cause and lose you two votes for every one you gain. But that she lies and does not care that she is lying, I have no doubt. It is evident to anyone who follows her career and writings with some care.

    • Mary E.

      I’m not defending Ann Coulter. I dislike her, for the record, and have no interest in excusing what she said. I wish people would stop giving her so much attention.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    I remember all too well. What you don’t remember, Rebecca, is that a couple of years after Coulter made a fool of herself by calling the very heterosexual Edwards a faggot, she took a fee – and I don’t suppose her fees are low – to be the keynote speaker at a meeting of homosexual Republicans. Evidently being a faggot is only bad if you are a Democrat (or perhaps if you can’t pay her fees).

    That is why you are wrong in criticizing those of us who describe her as she deserves, Rebecca. She is a proven liar. We don’t have to argue that she is in bad faith; the evidence is there. Coulter is several steps below Limbaugh. Limbaugh probably means what he says, however ignorant and base it may be. Coulter does not. She is a manipulative,lying shill who will say anything she thinks will please her public, and her contempt for them is written in her falsehoods. Read her ridiculous article on soccer, published a couple of months back; then read the incredible correspondence that followed: you will have a picture of a woman who deliberately says the stupidest thing she can think of, so long as it is nasty, and of a public who reward her for doing so and delight in aping her worst performances. She is right in despising them.

    Oh, and beautiful? She is blonde and long-legged; that is by no means the same thing. There is more beauty in your two eyes, Rebecca, than in her whole haggard face and over-dieted figure.

    • FW Ken

      Brittle and hard. Not pretty at all. IMO.

    • pagansister

      Yes, Fabio, her rant on soccer was so totally over the top it was almost funny!


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