The First Fists Open Up Friday Linkage

Three-fourths of the First Family hard at play on the Gulf Coast:

“What coast?  GULF COAST!”

The other fourth? She’s probably too busy focusing on her future presidency (a preview here) and has no time for such trivialities as putt-putt.

Here are the week’s links:


Residents of Sac-town, hide your kids, hide your wife, there are zebras on the loose… Mark Driscoll’s helpful  thoughts on Anne Rice’s departure from the shores of Christianity…  You gotta use Starbucks’ designated size names (Tall, Grande, Venti) or face getting the boot like this prof did…  Ann Coulter?  She’s complicated…  Chicharito made his Man U home debut last Monday and was greeted with “rapturous applause”… A Houston teenager is slain by a tag team consisting of a permanent resident and an undocumented alien, her uncle “would like to see what they’re doing in Arizona done here” so clearly, he must clearly be a racist…This week’s entry into the “Best Illustration of Romans 1:21-24”  sweepstakes.  A contest which unfortunately we have all submitted an entry to…

Ann Coulter’s Reaction to Election Results

Whatever one might think of right-wing pundit Ann Coulter (below, posing with Bookman from Good Times), one cannot help but be drawn to her first post-election column. The same would be the case for one of her left-wing counterparts had Sen. McCain won, though that box of Lucky Charms would come with a free “I’m moving to Canada” toy inside, but I digress.

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After 2 years of continuously (perhaps uncharitably) referring to the now President-elect by his full name in her columns, one could almost imagine what sort of mischief the willowy Ms. Coulter had up her designer sleeve.

Well, the wait is over for friend and foe alike.

The opening line sets the table. She comments on the historicity of last night’s outcome,

Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!

Click on the link below to read the rest of the column:

The Reign of Lame Falls Mainly on McCain

Ann Coulter digs Sarah Palin

Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain’s choice of a running mate, Sarah Palin, has certainly struck a nerve with America. It doesn’t matter whether you are one of the faces of the seemingly left-leaning media houses (would Couric, Gibson and Williams been in NOLA had the DNC were ongoing? Pfft, please!), their adherents or someone on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

The pick generated talk, lots of it. At work we’ve gotten into discussions regarding the pick. I’ve had professing Democrats tell me that this woman is a poor choice because:

  1. She let her child get pregnant (“if you can’t keep control of your home…”)
  2. She has five children of her own (“How is she going to do her job effectively? Isn’t her teenage daughter’s pregnancy proof of that?”)
  3. She’s inexperienced (yes they said this with a straight face, must have forgotten just how junior the junior Senator from Illinois actually is).

Of course, given the fact that at least one of these folk is an unabashed admirer of President Clinton, I couldn’t help but bring up his dalliances while in office. To which my Clintonista co-worker replied with an ever thoughtful, “I love the guy”. Yeah…

Based on what she’s written, I’d have to say (for whatever it’s worth) that Ann Coulter (right) and I seem to have fairly similar worldviews. To be sure though, I don’t always agree with her methodology.

She recently penned a column (“The Best Man Turned Out to be a Woman”) in which in my humble opinion she deflates the liberal case against Sarah Palin.

Most striking is the following paragraph:

Then they attacked her daughter, who actually is pregnant now, for being unmarried. When liberals start acting like they’re opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain’s vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels.

Zing!

For another well-written column on Mrs. Palin see,
A Time-Warped Sexist Assault

Atheists, Agnostics, and Arrogance a match made in Heaven?

An atheist/agnostic I converse with on a regular basis has accused me and other Christians of self-importance on the following grounds: to think that God (if He even exists) would care about you is arrogant (as to how we got this idea that we ought not to be arrogant came about well, that’s the white elephant in the room).

Whether or not Christians can be called arrogant for maintaining that,

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

well draw your own conclusions, but don’t forget to take into consideration that this arrogance my friend speaks would be based on something which we had no part in carrying out (God loved, God gave).

This all came to mind after reading something in Burt Prelutsky’s column, “Ann Coulter’s Big No-No”.

This is what Mr. Prelutsky pointed out,

Unlike most of the non-religious people I know, I am not opposed to religion. In fact, I tend to prefer believers to agnostics and atheists. They don’t seem to be nearly as self-righteous and self-important. Perhaps it’s unavoidable that if a man doesn’t believe in a superior power, it tends to make him view himself as the center of the universe.

Let me say that Christians can be arrogant (I don’t dispute that) not to mention self-centered (we’re only human). However, this behavior goes against the life which God has called us to live. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians (4:1-3),

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

and to the Philippians (2:3-4),

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Now, as Prelutsky pointed out,

Perhaps it’s unavoidable that if a man doesn’t believe in a superior power, it tends to make him view himself as the center of the universe.

If one believes that there is no god then doesn’t it follow that one is the center of the universe? Then why is it wrong for an atheist to be arrogant and self-centered?

He’s just living out his faith.

Is Ann Coulter Really Anti-Semitic?

Ann Coulter (who’s a Gentile) is catching some major heat for some comments she made regarding Jews.

She’s being called all sorts of uncharitable names, and her comments have drawn the “anti-semitic” and “hateful” labels,
“Coulter draws fire over remarks about Jews”

What is it that she said to deserve this? According to the above article,

Conservative author Ann Coulter finds herself in the middle of a firestorm once again after remarks on a CNBC television show in which she said Jews need “to be perfected” and suggested the nation would be better off if it were all-Christian.

Dennis Prager, who is Jewish, wrote a column which offers up an opinion on all this from a rational Jewish perspective
Ann Coulter Wants Jews to Become Christian — So What?

What was interesting to me was something I read in the Jewish New Testament Commentary by Dr. David H. Stern:

To suppose that one can trust in God without trusting in Yeshua and His atoning death is to trust only in the god of one’s imagination and not in the God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’akov (p.367).

Yeshua, of course, is known to the most of us as Jesus of Nazareth who claimed to be the Son of God.

Now, Dr. Stern is Jewish and his words are far “stronger” than what Coulter said, so does that make Stern anti-Semitic? If one is to label Stern’s words as hateful towards Jews and even Muslims, then one has to apply the same label to another Jew, Jesus, who said,

if you knew Me, you would know My Father also. — John 8:19

Here’s another quote from yet another Jew, the Apostle John,

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. — 1 John 2:23

Is John anti-Semitic? I suppose that would be a question to pose to alarmists like Leonard Pitts and Tim Rutten. It might be good to point these guys to books like,“Christianity is Jewish” by Edith Schaeffer

Not to mention the Bible, perhaps the most “anti-Semitic” book known to man.