Monday, October 15, 2007

Menken Hearts Coulter

Here is what Menken said about Coulter's latest ani-Jewish jab:

...she demonstrated not an iota of anti-Semitism, and the media is taking her to task for being nothing more nor less than a traditional Christian...

Coulter did speak as a believing Christian and she did express the tenets of her faith as she understands them. But so what? None of that ought to make her immune from criticism. Coulter's belief about Jews being imperfect may be legitimately Christian, but it is also offensive. There is no reason to pretend otherwise. Wrong ideas should be demolished, not excused. And Menken knows this. His blog is based on this. Consider for instance, his treatment of liberal expressions of Judaism. He is never shy about attacking liberal Jews who speak publicly about their sincerely held religious convictions. When a Jew is the one thinking and expressing thoughts Menken dislikes, the gloves come off immediately. So why are Ann Coulter's barbarities deserving of Menken's protection?

The answer is obvious. Menken holds that nothing a RW religious person says should ever be called into question. Say what you want about Jews -insult them, offend them, call them names, it doesn't matter- so long as you vote GOP you can always count on Mencken's support.

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