Ann Coulter is Not a “Good Person” – An Open Letter to Erick Erickson

Dear Mr. Erickson,

In your recent criticism of Ann Coulter,[1] you stressed how much you like her, as if that is relevant. Perhaps you are trying to reassure Ann not to take your criticism personally. I do not have the same luxury. While there is much about Ann that I, too, like (and, unlike many Coulter critics who hate her, I do not), my opinion matters not to her. So, perhaps I can be a bit more blunt than you.

Good

You unequivocally began your column: “I like Ann Coulter. There is no ‘but’ after that. I like Ann Coulter, period.”

Yes, we get it, you like Ann. Period.

As for me, Erick, while I do value your views and your website, I must say that your concluding paragraph is nonsense. You wrote:

“I have no reservations or caveats in liking Ann Coulter. She is a warm, kind, and generous person. I know this from my own experience. I must, however, disagree with her in this.”

Once again, we get it: You like (with no “buts,” “reservations or caveats”) Ann. Period.

But your personal observation – “She is a warm, kind, and generous person” – does not comport with either your analysis of her column nor Coulter’s observed behavior. Is Ann Coulter really a good person?

Are you confusing charm with character? Personality with integrity? A quick wit with a pure heart?

Coulter cannot – by any reasonable measure – be described as a good person. Just consider the column you yourself critiqued. In it, Ann blamed an altruistic and selfless medical missionary for contracting Ebola (in the course of doing God’s will as he saw it), blamed Samaritan’s Purse for sending him to Liberia (in accordance with its mission), and castigated all foreign missionaries for having the audacity to do God’s work and follow His will by evangelizing overseas.

Last March, you criticized Ann’s myopic support of Mitch McConnell,[2] again stressing how much you like her: “But I like Ann and I find myself with her more often than not.”

In your critique of that column, you chided Ann for falsely accusing Jim DeMint and the Senate Conservatives Fund of being charlatans and a right-wing mob.

Didn’t Ann just falsely accuse Christian missionaries of being charlatans? Does that establish an ungodly pattern of behavior? Yes!

Bearing false witnessfalsely accusing Christian missionaries and falsely accusing the Tea Party of being charlatans – is hardly proof that Ann is a good person, or, in your words, “a warm, kind, and generous person.”

Ann said those Christians missionaries were cowards egotistically seeking to be viewed as heroic. Just days before that, she condemned compassionate Christians, calling them “moral show-offs.” Surprisingly, Ann once claimed, “I’m an extraordinarily good Christian.”[3] Do you agree?[4]

But Ann has also falsely accused a fellow journalist of plagiarism and she has besmirched the reputations of Chris McDaniel and his supporters.

These are but a few examples of how Ann is not a good person.

Might I suggest a reevaluation of your perspective on Ann as well as your prayers on her behalf?

Sincerely,

Daniel Borchers

Resources:

The Gospel According to Ann Coulter at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

Endnotes:

[1]       Erick Erickson, “Can Christ Not Spare One Man?” Red State, 8/6/14, http://www.redstate.com/2014/08/06/can-christ-not-spare-one-man/.

[2]       Erick Erickson, “Right-Wing Mobs? No, A Cleaning Crew,” Red State, 3/13/14, http://www.redstate.com/2014/03/13/right-wing-mobs-no-a-cleaning-crew/.

[3]       “Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God, Faith, and Liberals,” beliefnet.com, 2006, http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19646.html.

[4]       If you do, then check out The Gospel According to Ann Coulter at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

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