Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My word on Ann Coulter's use of the other "f-word"...

...is Al Mohler's word on it (h-t m'mate Craig).

Oh, I don't agree with every syllable of his essay, but his big points are the right point. There's a lot I like about Coulter. She's had the guts to say a lot of what really needs to be said, and has said it well. And, unlike most GOP "leaders"—is that getting to be an oxymoron?—she stands behind what she says and defends it heartily.

Unfortunately, that also applies to things she says that she just shouldn't have said. Like this one.

Consider these wise words:

There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword;
but the tongue of the wise [brings] healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness. (Proverbs 15:2; both

All the worthwhile things Coulter says are devalued when she says stupid things and won't back down. Yes, the media treatment of Coulter (and all conservatives) is unfair. Yes, they're stinking, foul hypocrites, winking at comparisons of President Bush to Hitler, and public wishes that he and Vice President Cheney were assassinated or otherwise dead, while rising in sanctimonious outrage at this passing asininity.

But their rank idiocy doesn't make her rank idiocy okay. It just means that one of their most trenchant critics has shot herself in the foot... and appears to be reloading, when she should be reconsidering.


candyinsierras said...

I understood her point, that it is ridiculous for someone to have to go to rehab for saying a homophobic word (an actor had to actually do this), but her ego and sensationalism overrides her point by far. She also shouldn't chew gum when she's talking.

DJP said...

NOBODY should chew gum while he's talking! If ever!

Don't even get me started on that.

LeeC said...

As much as she is often intellectually correct, she is rarely, if ever right.

For all of her talk about godlessness, she seems to regard what God has to say in regards to personal behaviour with about as much regard as she would Mrs. Clinton.

Kinda like Rush, when I think of them I pray for them.

Daniel said...

I don't have a problem with what she had to say, or her presentation that was used to purposefully elicit a response.

Illustrating an imbalance of political power of a special interest group in a political venue doesn't seem out of sync--especially in the light of the anti-Christian slurs of bloggers in the Edwards campaign that didn't receive nearly as much attention.

CraigS said...

I feel ambivalent about her. I like a lot of her politics, but over the years I've become increasingly turned off by her language and behaviour. She is a risky "ally" for Christians to have.

Robert said...

Two thoughts:

1)There's a difference in using humor to EMPHASIZE a point, and using humor IN PLACE OF having an actual point. Sometimes commentators like Coulton, Rush, etc. forget this.

2) And Since the MSM is so pro-liberal, anti-Christian, etc. those on the conservative/ libertarian side of things should be extra, EXTRA careful in what they say and how they say it. Yes, it's unfair, but that's the lay of the land.

DJP said...

Robert: right, and right, respectively.

candyinsierras said...

I agree with Robert.

donsands said...

"the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness"

I suppose we all can be fools at one time or another. I know I am.
(Of course this Scripture is speaking of those that are reprobtes, methinks). You can correct me on that Dan, if I'm wrong.

And when I sometimes say the foolish thing; whether I'm inconsiderate, or even rude, then hopefully a brother in the Lord, a friend, or someone with wisdom, will rebuke me. (And it's usually my wife who sets me straight).

"The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding." Prov. 15:31-32