A Very Ann Coulter Christmas

Ann Coulter, who calls herself “an extraordinarily good Christian,”[1] strangely seems totally oblivious to the true meaning of Christmas. Indeed, on those rare occasions when she mentions Christmas, she almost always politicizes the day and the season.

In fact, over the past 21 years, Coulter has published an almost annual “Christmas” column, penning 14 repetitive, nearly identical columns on Kwanzaa and its FBI origins.

For Coulter, there is no Jesus at Christmas.

Coulter’s last words on-air to her good friend and talk show host, Mark Simone, were an enthusiastic, “Happy Kwanzaa!”[2]

Merry Christmas, Fellow Christians

In 2017’s iteration of her (almost) annual Kwanzaa column (virtually identical to her 2013 version), Coulter concluded with these words (all caps): “MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELLOW CHRISTIANS!”

Coulter’s politics infuses every aspect of her life, even her theology. Coulter seems to believe that if America is for Americans (which it is), then Christmas must be for Christians. But the Gospel of Christmas heralds Joy to the World!

Christmas is a means to reach non-believers with the message of Jesus, born Savior of the World.

Coulter’s gospel is as exclusive as her immigration policy (only WASPs need apply) and neglects- indeed, is oblivious to – the heart of God.

Ann says, “No!” and God says, “Yes!”

God seeks to reach every human heat, even those of Scrooge and the Grinch. In contrast, Ann has hardened her heart, whereas, God seeks to soften and enlarge our hearts.

Who do you believe? Ann Coulter who writes, “MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELLOW CHRISTIANS” or God who proclaims “JOY TO THE WORLD”?

Ann’s Christmas is very small, courtesy of a very small heart.

It is through the Prince of peace that mankind can experience true peace. Yet Coulter prefers political salvation for America and wishes a “Merry Christmas” to her “fellow Christians.”

Actually, the Christmas season is a spectacular time to introduce the Savior of the world to those in the world who do not yet know Him. Wishing non-Christians a “Merry Christmas” with a heart of love can, at the very least, point them toward Jesus. Moreover, it offers Christians an opportunity to share our faith with non-believers.

Christmas is all about the gospel of Christ, whose birth has been celebrated for two millennia. Favorite traditional Christmas songs (Joy to the World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, etc.) celebrate the incarnation of the Messiah into our world, our lives, and our hearts.

The most well-known Bible verse, John 3:16, encapsulates the gospel message: “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Our Father’s gift of Christmas was followed by His gift on the cross.

In other words, Christmas is transcultural. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who is the Savior of the world. Christmas is über-inclusive. (No, Ann, Jesus was not an English-speaking WASP using the King James Bible.)

Santa Claus is a WASP

Coulter insists that Santa Claus is white! Saint Nick is a fictional character inspired by an historical figure, a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop. Our contemporary picture of Santa Claus derives from an 1881 illustration which was created in a dominant white milieu.

Of course, Santa Claus in America was white – in 1881! But Santa is a fictional figure and his race has no bearing on who he is or what he does. Santa transcends race. (Just as Jesus does.) Every individual and culture can envision Santa as they choose. Christmas is celebrated worldwide by a variety of different customs, in diverse cultures, with different representations of Santa.

It’s not about race; it’s about God’s gift to mankind – Jesus Christ.

Coulter’s “Christmas” Columns

Coulter seldom writes columns about Christmas and when she does, they are uniformly political in nature.

In 2007, Coulter’s purpose was to derail Mike Huckabee’s presidential ambitions.

In 2010, Coulter’s purpose was to denounce liberalism.

In 2015, Coulter’s purpose was to promote an anti-immigration agenda.

When will Coulter publish a column that explicitly promotes Christmas and Christ within that holy day and season?

Many Christians have contended they are embattled in a war on Christmas with countless skirmishes in which even saying the word “Christmas” becomes a legal battle, a war in which “Christmas” has become worse than a dirty word.

In 2004, Coulter proudly said “Merry Christmas” not as a joyful greeting to share the gospel of Christ, but as an epithet to outrage the hearer.

Reconciliation is the very last thing Coulter wants. Coulter began 2005 reveling to a reporter, “Oh, it was so much fun this year, because saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is like saying ‘Fuck you!‘”

As National Review noted, “If you know someone is not Christian or hates Christmas for some reason, and you say ‘Merry Christmas’ out of spite or vindictiveness, rather than with joy and good cheer, then you are the one putting the ‘ass’” in Christmass.”

The Christmas spirit still eludes Coulter.

The Christmas Spirit is filled with Joy, Love, and Peace, yet, Coulter is perpetually at war – with everyone!

Coulter’s first and only Christmas tweet in 2016 proclaimed not the gospel but her political views on immigration: “My Christmas card: 7-Eleven Men’s Room Door, Bonner Springs, Kansas, today …” (Build the Wall).

Coulter – again – left Christ out of Christmas!

Real Meaning of Christmas

The real meaning of Christmas perpetually escapes Ann. Despite her Christian upbringing and proclamations of being saved by Jesus, the gospel message of Christ eludes Coulter.

Speaking of the great significance of Christmas, Mike Huckabee wrote (emphasis added):

“The real meaning of Christmas is not giving toys but giving God’s grace in person to someone who is no longer in a position to give back.”[3]

From pastor Timothy Keller’s Hidden Christmas:

“Christians should never be starry-eyes about glamour. They should never be snobs or make it a goal to get up into the higher echelons of the sleek and beautiful.”[4]

Keller continued (emphasis added):

“The fact that God became human and emptied himself of his glory means you should not want to hang out with the people with power and glitz, who are networked and can open doors for you. You need to be willing to go to the people without power, without beauty, without money. That is the Christmas spirit, because God became one of us.”[5]

(Ironically, Coulter falsely claims that Keller was her pastor in New York City.)

For an extensive analysis, see Case Study: Jesus, Santa, and Christmas in Joker: Ann Coulter Unplugged.[6]

Endnotes:

[1]              “Church Militant: Ann Coulter on God, Faith, and Liberals,” beliefnet.com, 2006, http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19646.html. See also “Ann Coulter is Not a Good Person – An Open Letter to Erick Erickson” at http://t.co/7LQTKwbWcg. See also The Gospel According to Ann Coulter at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[2]              Ann Coulter, Mark Simone Show, 12/16/20.

[3]              Mike Huckabee, A Simple Christmas, Sentinel, 2009, pg. 51.

[4]              Timothy Keller, Hidden Christmas, Viking, 2016, pg. 49.

[5]              Ibid., pg. 50.

[6]              See Joker: Ann Coulter Unplugged at http://www.coulterwatch.com/joker.pdf.

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