An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

Dear Ms. Coulter-

I recently came across a book you are releasing, and it sickened me to see a part you included. While it’s not uncommon for politicians and pundits to interweave religious language in their writing, and speaking, something you wrote deeply troubled me. I have quoted it below.

Excerpt from Chapter 1: The Liberal Mob

The seminal event of the New Testament — Jesus’ crucifixion — is a dramatic illustration of the power of the mob.When the mob was howling for Pontius Pilate to sentence Jesus to death, even Pilate’s wife couldn’t convince him to spare Jesus. After having a dream about Jesus, Pilate’s wife sent her husband a note saying Jesus was innocent — a “just man.” Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and that the mob hated Jesus out of “envy.” But not his wife, not even his own common sense, was enough for him to resist the mob.

Three times Pilate told the “multitude” that Jesus was innocent and should be spared. He pleaded with the mob, proposing to “chastise him, and release him.” But the mob was immovable, demanding Jesus’ crucifixion. Pilate was required to release one of the prisoners, so he gave the mob the choice of Jesus or Barabbas, a notorious murderer and insurrectionist — in other words, someone who incites mobs. Again, the mob “spoke with one voice,” demanding “with loud shouts” that Jesus be crucified.

Capitulating to the mob, Pilate ordered Jesus’ death.

Even one of the mob’s victims, a thief being crucifi ed alongside Jesus, joined the mob’s taunting, saying to Jesus, “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” The other thief rebuked him, noting that they were guilty, whereas Jesus was not. He said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” And Jesus said “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”22

Pilate gave in to the mob out of fear. The thief joined the mob to side with the majority. The mob itself was driven by envy.

Although it all worked out in the end — Jesus died, darkness fell over the Earth, the ground trembled, and the temple veil was ripped in two, and three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, giving all people the promise of everlasting life — here was the stark choice, to be repeated like Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence: Jesus or Barabbas?

Liberals say Barabbas: Go with the crowd. C’mon, everybody’s doing it — it’s cool. Now let’s go mock Jesus. (As is so often the case, the mob said, “Kill the Jew.”)

Conservatives — sublimely uninterested in the opinion of the mob — say Jesus.

So, what is so troubling?

Your book, Ms. Coulter, makes attempts to cheapen the greatest story ever told. You have attempted to take the most inclusive of acts, and turn it into a divisive and polarizing event. An event intended only for one particluar political party. The event that happened that day was not a convention. It was not a rally attempting to further a political cause. It was the death of an innocent man. A man who stood up for those without a voice, and loved those who non would love. And who killed him? It’s true, there were no innocents in that crowd. All had wronged Christ, and that has held true throughout history. Who nailed Christ to that cross? I did, and you did.  We all struck the nail that pierced his hand. Everyone. Not only Democrats.

Ms. Coulter…by speaking of Christ’s death in this way, you have deeply offend me, and your rhetoric is disgusting.

Write your books, and make your political points. That is your right, and it’s the great gift we Americans have. I will not judge you on your opinion.

You have no right, however, to cheapen my Lord’s death. You have no right to water down my saviors sacrifice. The Church builds it’s year around the crucifixion (and another little event that you skated over in your article- the resurrection). It’s importance is historic, and life-altering.

Christ’s death and resurrection are what give all people hope. Don’t you dare try to take this away. Don’t you dare put something into that story that does not belong. There are many words that belong with Jesus on that hill: Salvation, Grace, Justice, Atonement, and Mercy.

Two words that will never belong? Republican or Democrat…

That is…unless you are saying Jesus loves Republicans and Democrats equally. But this doesn’t seem to be the point of your article at all.

Ms. Coulter, I understand you want to write books that sell, and I understand Americans like to read books that make them feel their political choices are one with their religious beliefs, but I believe you are bigger than this article. If you are a religious woman at all (and it seems you are to some extent), you should see how much baggage your words place on a story that was meant for everyone. It’s a story about a gift that has no limits.

That gift has no politics. 

On that Sacred weekend, Jesus proved that his Grace has no boundaries. He proved that all are welcome. 

I ask you, Ms. Coulter, to please leave the Biblical manipulation out of your books. There is a time and place for religion and politics to meet, but this is not that time, and those are not the words that need to be said.

Sincerely,

Michael Palmer

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3 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

  1. Michael,
    I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments here. I used to enjoy Coulter’s columns, but she has proven where her ultimate allegiance lies and is willing to say anything to support it. Anything. For a couple of years she has left me feeling empty when I read her. After this one I’m full of pretty strong feelings, none of them positive, except this: that the gospel has survived all such manipulations and attempted reductions across the ages. Thanks be to God that his Kingdom is so big and rises with such gentle force, we cannot contain it or hold it back, despite our best efforts.

    • “…the gospel has survived all such manipulations and attempted reductions across the ages.” – A great reminder, and I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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