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First, Jews; Now, Catholics?

Ann Hart Coulter is a modern-day Know Nothing.

KnowNothing

Following her anti-Semitic rant[1] against Jews and Israel,[2] Coulter has now embarked upon a Know Nothing approach to Catholicism. This is especially strange as she attended a private Catholic school until she entered high school. One would think she would know better.

Coulter’s Anti-Catholic Tweets

Among Coulter’s many tweets disparaging the Catholic Church (emphasis added):

Time Tweet
9:55 a.m. Equally accurate statement to the Pope’s: The Catholic Church was “largely built by pedophiles.” twitter.com/WSJ/status/646…
10:04 a.m. I’m an American and this is why our founders (not “immigrants”!) distrusted Catholics & wouldn’t make them citizens. twitter.com/DavidLimbaugh/…
10:06 a.m. Catholics were not accepted until they became more AMERICAN Catholic less ROMAN Catholic-Harvard’s Samuel Huntington twitter.com/DavidLimbaugh/…
10:29 a.m. Yes, 55 Protestants & 1 Catholic. Can we admit immigrants in that wildly diverse proportion? twitter.com/michaelbd/stat…
10:40 a.m. No, I’m attacking the Pope. So did Martin Luther. So did America’s settlers. So did Dems when it was John Paul II. twitter.com/dmataconis/sta…
11:05 a.m. THIS Pope’s philosophy of worshiping the poor, blaming the rich leads to Latin American poverty. American Catholicism leads to success.

Coulter’s WASP Nativism

Coulter has a distinctly WASP (White and Protestant)[3] view of America. For years now, Coulter has hated immigrants.[4] Her nativism has been especially pronounced[5] this year. Coulter even hates the idea of Christians serving overseas.[6] Indeed, she insists that all other nations suck.[7]

During the 2012 election cycle, Coulter compared social conservative Rick Santorum to ultra-liberal Ted Kennedy – because of their shared Catholicism. To Coulter, Santorum was “more Catholic than conservative.”

Last year, Coulter condemned Catholics as “moral show-offs” and “fake Christians,” expressing contempt for church leaders and parishioners alike whose theology compels them to adopt political positions with which she disagrees.

Coulter claims that American Catholics are better than Roman Catholics. Yet, Coulter condemns liberal Catholics in America for their liberalism, while the traditional pro-life Roman Catholic doctrines remain extant. Ironically, Coulter has waged war on pro-lifers for defending the unborn while claiming to be totally pro-life herself. Confused? So is Coulter.

Coulter does not make sense. To reiterate, she claims that American Catholics are better than Roman Catholics because they have been assimilated. Yet, many of those Catholics who have been assimilated into American culture have become more secularized and embraced leftwing views on social issues (abortion, homosexuality, marriage, etc.) while the foreign Roman Catholics hold the views that Coulter cherishes. Reality is the exact opposite of what Coulter claims it is.

As noted by National Memo, Coulter’s ire at Latin American Catholics may stem from her anti-immigration thesis in Adios, America! They correct Coulter on the historical record:

“Catholics in the New World had easily become Americans following the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, and the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1819. And Catholics did indeed play a role in the early polity of the U.S. This included one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Maryland, and two delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Daniel Carroll of Maryland (and cousin of Charles), plus Thomas Fitzsimmons of Pennsylvania.”

Catholics in the Revolutionary War

Contrary to Coulter’s assertions, Catholics were among the “American settlers” Coulter cherishes. And they fought for America! Several of America’s Founding Fathers were Catholic.

From “Catholics and the Founding”:

“The preeminent Catholic patriot was undoubtedly Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Heir to the fortune of an early Maryland Catholic family, it was said that Carroll risked more (in financial terms) than any other when he became the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence.”

“Carroll’s cousin, John, was also an important figure in Revolutionary America. John Carroll had been a Jesuit priest before the suppression of the order by Pope Clement XIV and had continued to minister as one of the colonies’ few priests. Uniquely positioned as an ardent patriot and a Catholic religious leader, he was called upon by the Continental Congress to join Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase and Charles Carroll on an unsuccessful mission to Canada to try to convince the colonies’ northern neighbor to maintain neutrality during the war with Britain. Carroll would become the first American bishop in 1789.”

“A thousand miles to the west, another Catholic with less economic clout and fewer connections would also play an important part in the military plans of the Americans. Father Pierre Gibault was a missionary of French descent in southwestern Indiana. When the Virginia militia under Colonel George Rogers Clark entered the area, Gibault and others met the American commander and pledged the support of the region to the forces of independence in return for assurances of religious freedom. Against the wishes of the bishop of Quebec, Gibault led the French residents of the Vincennes region in cooperating with the Americans.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Ann Coulter’s Jewish Roots” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a1.

[2]               See “Effing Jews and Ann Coulter’s Waterloo (or Damascus Road?)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a9.

[3]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[4]               See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[5]               See “Coulter: All Immigrants Are Bad” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8w.

[6]               See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[7]               See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.

Coulter’s “Useless Idiots” and Other Foolishness

Over the past week, Coulter has exposed the foolishness of her heart in countless ways.

Coulter posted[1] anti-Semitic tweets[2] and then denied doing so.[3] Later, her anti-Catholic tweets[4] decried the anti-Americanness of Catholicism. In her weekly column, Coulter added to her foolishness by “sneering” at people who have not gone to elite universities.

Foolish

An elite’s elite, Coulter’s closest friends and colleagues are elites. She regularly associates with millionaires and billionaires.[5] As a teen, she wanted the “cream to rise” and, now, she regards herself as the crème-de-la-crème.[6] Elitism is in Coulter’s genes.

Consequently, Coulter’s ego knows no bounds and her arrogance no limits. Coulter, a very intelligent person, often acts like a fool.

Coulter’s “Useless Idiots”

Coulter’s most recent essay title, “Useless Idiots,”[7] is reminiscent of Scrooge’s “surplus humanity,” and it brings to mind Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 5:22 – “… whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ [empty-headed] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Jesus admonished his audience to refrain from calling or deeming other people worthless (the meaning of Jesus’ words). Coulter’s “Useless Idiots” seemingly denies the humanity of those she condemns even as it certainly denies their utility. But we should not be surprised. Throughout her career,[8] Coulter has sought out useful relationships and discarded those she deemed were worthless.

In this column, Coulter again championed her latest hero, Donald Trump, as the new and improved Ronald Reagan. Trump, after all, is a successful multi-billionaire who went to an elite school. In other words, the Donald has the right credentials.

Moreover, Coulter explicitly equates intelligence with going “to top schools.” In fact, Coulter redefines “elite” to exclude “utter mediocrities” who went to ordinary schools. It must be a horror of horrors to attend “a third-rate college in the era of need-blind admissions.”

Ironically, Coulter once adored Reagan, who did not go to an elite school.

From that column (and other of her writings), it appears Coulter would like to establish an aristocracy in which elites (as defined and selected by Coulter)[9] would rule.

Sneering at the Unwashed Masses

In a rebuttal entitled, “Ann Coulter’s sneering at ‘bush-league colleges’ is unbecoming of a true conservative,” Matt Lewis demolishes Coulter’s elitist pretensions.

Lewis acknowledges the importance of “Intelligence and academic performance,” but adds that “they must also be tempered with virtues like wisdom, prudence, and humility – not to mention leadership skills.” He notes that throughout history, many evil people have been intelligent. According to Lewis, “The most dangerous person isn’t a dumb person – it’s more likely a highly intelligent person who lacks wisdom, or has selfish motivations.”

The Founding Fathers would have agreed with Lewis. They knew that the success of our Republic depends upon a virtuous people and without that, it will ultimately fail.

Lewis quotes economist and philosopher Walter Williams, “The opposite of intellect isn’t dullness or slowness, but the opposite of wisdom is foolishness, which is far more dangerous.”

Building upon Williams’ insight, Lewis adds, “Intelligence is important, but without other virtues, it’s more dangerous than ignorance. The unadulterated worship of elite academic achievement employs a brand of tunnel vision that is not only wrong, but dangerous.”

Given Coulter’s hatred of political correctness and the far-left views which permeate academia, one wonders why she would extol the supremacy of those very institutions. Indeed, the Stanford Trinity (racism, sexism, classism) and an environment hostile to Christianity and traditional values pervade many of these universities which deny the conservative and Christian views Coulter purports to embrace.

What’s up with that? Coulter is herself among their alumni. (In an indirect manner, Coulter is praising herself as qualified because she is among the elite as she defines it.)

Coulter’s views, as expressed in her column, reveal an incredibly bizarre perspective for one who claims to be a constitutional conservative. As Lewis notes, Coulter is “condescendingly dismissing the value of … 99 percent of the country.” Just as Coulter would disenfranchise women from voting, she would dismiss the views of most Americans because they don’t measure up to her standards.

As Lewis puts it, “This is not only morally contemptuous and politically stupid – it’s flat out wrong.” He adds that it is “unbecoming of a conservative.” The American Dream has always been something achievable by people from every strata of society who, with determination and hard work, strive to attain their goals.

But not in Coulter’s world.

Open Letter to Ann

Dear Ann,

My dear sister in Christ (if you are, in fact, in Christ)[10],

You have – for far, far too long – trusted in yourself and not in God.

Very intelligent people, like you, Ann,[11] can become extremely foolish when they turn their backs on God. That’s just dumb. God gives His wisdom to those who seek and do His will.

Hence, your many imbroglios.[12]

The apostle James tells us, in James 4:6, “Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” In the very next verse, he urges us, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Ann, are you bedeviled?

James advises us and assures us, in verse 8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” That is a promise direct from the heart of God. Yes, Ann, he is speaking to you and to me.

How do we draw near to God? James tells us: “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” We obey Him and seek to become more like Him. As we draw near to God, He reciprocates. In that process, we yield our lives to Him.

I understand, Ann, that being in control is all important to you. You want to control every aspect of your life. Self-sufficiency[13] (except when you depend upon your powerful friends to help you when you screw up) is part of your self-identity.[14] But, Ann, you constantly and continually elevate your will about God’s.

Therefore, God has not shared His wisdom with you and He has given you over to your own foolishness.[15]

In verse 10, James encourages each of us with these words: “ Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Humility is another Christian trait which remains foreign to you. In point of fact, humility is inimical to your proclivity, your self-perception, and your preferred way of being. But, unless you humble yourself, God will continue to resist you.

Your brother in Christ,

Dan

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Jews: Quality, not Quantity” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-al.

[2]               See “Ann Coulter’s Jewish Roots” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a1.

[3]               See “Effing Jews and Ann Coulter’s Waterloo (or Damascus Road?)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a9.

[4]               See “First, Jews; Now, Catholics?” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-ah.

[5]               See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[6]               See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[7]               Ann Coulter, “Useless Idiots,” 9/23/15.

[8]               See The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at http://www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[9]               See “Coulter Dictates” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3E.

[10]             See The Gospel According to Ann Coulter, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/gospel.pdf.

[11]             See “Ann Coulter – Smartest Person in the World” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-59.

[12]             See “Ann Coulter Screws Up Again” at http://t.co/IfJD3YVG3o.

[13]             See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[14]             See “Ann Coulter’s Crazy Funhouse Mirror” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8n.

[15]             See “Fifty Shades of Coulter” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5E.

First, Jews; Now, Catholics?

Ann Hart Coulter is a modern-day Know Nothing.

KnowNothing

Following her anti-Semitic rant[1] against Jews and Israel,[2] Coulter has now embarked upon a Know Nothing approach to Catholicism. This is especially strange as she attended a private Catholic school until she entered high school. One would think she would know better.

Coulter’s Anti-Catholic Tweets

Among Coulter’s many tweets disparaging the Catholic Church (emphasis added):

Time Tweet
9:55 a.m. Equally accurate statement to the Pope’s: The Catholic Church was “largely built by pedophiles.” twitter.com/WSJ/status/646…
10:04 a.m. I’m an American and this is why our founders (not “immigrants”!) distrusted Catholics & wouldn’t make them citizens. twitter.com/DavidLimbaugh/…
10:06 a.m. Catholics were not accepted until they became more AMERICAN Catholic less ROMAN Catholic-Harvard’s Samuel Huntington twitter.com/DavidLimbaugh/…
10:29 a.m. Yes, 55 Protestants & 1 Catholic. Can we admit immigrants in that wildly diverse proportion? twitter.com/michaelbd/stat…
10:40 a.m. No, I’m attacking the Pope. So did Martin Luther. So did America’s settlers. So did Dems when it was John Paul II. twitter.com/dmataconis/sta…
11:05 a.m. THIS Pope’s philosophy of worshiping the poor, blaming the rich leads to Latin American poverty. American Catholicism leads to success.

Coulter’s WASP Nativism

Coulter has a distinctly WASP (White and Protestant)[3] view of America. For years now, Coulter has hated immigrants.[4] Her nativism has been especially pronounced[5] this year. Coulter even hates the idea of Christians serving overseas.[6] Indeed, she insists that all other nations suck.[7]

During the 2012 election cycle, Coulter compared social conservative Rick Santorum to ultra-liberal Ted Kennedy – because of their shared Catholicism. To Coulter, Santorum was “more Catholic than conservative.”

Last year, Coulter condemned Catholics as “moral show-offs” and “fake Christians,” expressing contempt for church leaders and parishioners alike whose theology compels them to adopt political positions with which she disagrees.

Coulter claims that American Catholics are better than Roman Catholics. Yet, Coulter condemns liberal Catholics in America for their liberalism, while the traditional pro-life Roman Catholic doctrines remain extant. Ironically, Coulter has waged war on pro-lifers for defending the unborn while claiming to be totally pro-life herself. Confused? So is Coulter.

Coulter does not make sense. To reiterate, she claims that American Catholics are better than Roman Catholics because they have been assimilated. Yet, many of those Catholics who have been assimilated into American culture have become more secularized and embraced leftwing views on social issues (abortion, homosexuality, marriage, etc.) while the foreign Roman Catholics hold the views that Coulter cherishes. Reality is the exact opposite of what Coulter claims it is.

As noted by National Memo, Coulter’s ire at Latin American Catholics may stem from her anti-immigration thesis in Adios, America! They correct Coulter on the historical record:

“Catholics in the New World had easily become Americans following the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, and the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1819. And Catholics did indeed play a role in the early polity of the U.S. This included one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Maryland, and two delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Daniel Carroll of Maryland (and cousin of Charles), plus Thomas Fitzsimmons of Pennsylvania.”

Catholics in the Revolutionary War

Contrary to Coulter’s assertions, Catholics were among the “American settlers” Coulter cherishes. And they fought for America! Several of America’s Founding Fathers were Catholic.

From “Catholics and the Founding”:

“The preeminent Catholic patriot was undoubtedly Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Heir to the fortune of an early Maryland Catholic family, it was said that Carroll risked more (in financial terms) than any other when he became the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence.”

“Carroll’s cousin, John, was also an important figure in Revolutionary America. John Carroll had been a Jesuit priest before the suppression of the order by Pope Clement XIV and had continued to minister as one of the colonies’ few priests. Uniquely positioned as an ardent patriot and a Catholic religious leader, he was called upon by the Continental Congress to join Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase and Charles Carroll on an unsuccessful mission to Canada to try to convince the colonies’ northern neighbor to maintain neutrality during the war with Britain. Carroll would become the first American bishop in 1789.”

“A thousand miles to the west, another Catholic with less economic clout and fewer connections would also play an important part in the military plans of the Americans. Father Pierre Gibault was a missionary of French descent in southwestern Indiana. When the Virginia militia under Colonel George Rogers Clark entered the area, Gibault and others met the American commander and pledged the support of the region to the forces of independence in return for assurances of religious freedom. Against the wishes of the bishop of Quebec, Gibault led the French residents of the Vincennes region in cooperating with the Americans.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “Ann Coulter’s Jewish Roots” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a1.

[2]               See “Effing Jews and Ann Coulter’s Waterloo (or Damascus Road?)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-a9.

[3]               See “Adios, Ann: Coulter’s WASP Fantasy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7H.

[4]               See “Coulter’s Soccer Flop – Part Trois” at http://t.co/uy7FDPu79v.

[5]               See “Coulter: All Immigrants Are Bad” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8w.

[6]               See “Ann Coulter’s Xenophobic Anti-Gospel of Hate” at http://t.co/aQGhLuWwtD.

[7]               See “Ann Coulter Auditions for U.N. Ambassador” at http://t.co/R7IDzwnUJ8.