I’ve lost track of when I stopped reading Ann Coulter. I can only say it was some time after 9/11, as I was still reading when the death of her friend Barbara Olson on one of those hijacked planes seemed to permanently unhinge her. I don’t consider her exemplary in any way. I repent of having acted like a stupid groupie hanging around the PMU waiting for her delayed arrival to regale us with (some largely irrelevant smart-ass opinions while dressed in) a tight dress.
But since I did read it, so as not to be operating off hearsay, I’ll note that the God of which America is “in desperate need” right now is not one who mocks Missionary Doctors who serve in West Africa or proposes “invading countries, killing their leaders, and converting them to Christianity,” which she is at pains to distinguish unconvincingly from forced conversion (so far as I can tell – the YouTube is edited and you can make Brit Hume into a rapper with enough editing).
So: Our military is to go overseas to convert Muslims without force after killing their leaders while our missionaries stay home and mind the local store.
Meanwhile, the Alliance Defending Freedom is organizing a Caribbean Cruise for its persecuted Christian supporters.
Makes perfect sense to someone.
“Becoming human” is a baffling phrase. Surely we are simply born as human beings. Of course this is true, but the nature of the modern world allows us to configure our lives in ways that can be described as “less than human.” When we visit a zoo and see a tiger pacing in its cage, we are not seeing a “true” tiger, but a distortion of the animal. Tigers cannot truly be tigers in small, confined spaces. Neither can human beings be truly human in just any configuration. Some ways of existing a simply destructive of what it means to be human.
Modern consciousness recognizes this under the general heading of human rights. Certain forms of living – slavery, extreme poverty, etc. – rob us of something essential. Infants, for example, sometimes die from the lack of human contact in an illness known as “failure to thrive.” Modern economies have created the widest range of choices in all of human history – but some choices leave us as caged tigers or neglected infants.
(Fr. Stephen Freeman, The Human Project) I refuse to quote more than this introduction, lest you think I’ve given you “the gist” of it and thus not acquire the whole treasure.
Of Fr. Stephen’s God, America is in desperate need.
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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)