Saturday, October 13, 2007

Coulter Friend of the Jews

Ann Coulter may have done a big favor for the cause of tolerance in our society with her latest bigotted outburst. This intelligent, educated, yet bigotted and rabble-rousing right-wing author has stated in a TV interview that Jews need to be "perfected." In other words, Christians are perfect Jews, and Jews fall short.

What's the favor she's done for anti-bigotry? Her remarks have created a minor media firestorm and hopefully have reached the ears and brains of the youth of the country who may not have heard about the Holocaust, Hitler, WWII etc. Her inane inflamatory need for publicity at any cost, may have made more people aware that anti-Semitism, and bigotry in general, is alive and prospering in our great society. So many insulated fellow-citizens believe that whole thing is a thing of the past. It's not!

Tim Rutten, who writes a media column for the Los Angeles Times every week, made Coulter's contribution very clear:

..."supersessionism," the theological notion that Christianity "completes" or "perfects" Judaism is, along with the deicide libel, anti-Semitism's major theological underpinning. Indeed, in Central and Western Europe between the world wars, there was a substantial body of purportedly "respectable" intellectual opinion that held "supersessionism" made possible a "reasonable" theological anti-Semitism that was entirely licit, as opposed to the Nazis' and fascists' illicit, "racially based" anti-Semitism. It is fair to say that the rails leading to Auschwitz were greased by precisely the opinion Coulter expressed on American television this week.

So thank you Ms. Coulter, for bringing to the front burner the issue of bigotry that needs to be discussed, especially with the coming generations, in this great country of ours.

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