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The passion of the liberal
WND.com ^ | March 03, 2004 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 03/03/2004 4:18:02 PM PST by perfect stranger

In the dozens and dozens of panic-stricken articles the New York Times has run on Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," the unavoidable conclusion is that liberals haven't the vaguest idea what Christianity is. The Times may have loopy ideas about a lot of things, but at least when they write about gay bathhouses and abortion clinics, you get the sense they know what they're talking about.

But Christianity just doesn't ring a bell. The religion that has transformed Western civilization for two millennia is a blank slate for liberals. Their closest reference point is "conservative Christians," meaning people you're not supposed to hire. And these are the people who carp about George Bush's alleged lack of "intellectual curiosity."

The most amazing complaint, championed by the Times and repeated by all the know-nothing secularists on television, is that Gibson insisted on "rubbing our faces in the grisly reality of Jesus' death." The Times was irked that Gibson "relentlessly focused on the savagery of Jesus' final hours" – at the expense of showing us the Happy Jesus. Yes, Gibson's movie is crying out for a car chase, a sex scene or maybe a wise-cracking orangutan.

The Times ought to send one of its crack investigative reporters to St. Patrick's Cathedral at 3 p.m. on Good Friday before leaping to the conclusion that "The Passion" is Gibson's idiosyncratic take on Christianity. In a standard ritual, Christians routinely eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus Christ, aka "the Lamb of God." The really serious Catholics do that blood- and flesh-eating thing every day, the sickos. The Times has just discovered the tip of a 2,000-year-old iceberg.

But the loony-left is testy with Gibson for spending so much time on Jesus' suffering and death while giving "short shrift to Jesus' ministry and ideas" – as another Times reviewer put it. According to liberals, the message of Jesus, which somehow Gibson missed, is something along the lines of "be nice to people" (which to them means "raise taxes on the productive").

You don't need a religion like Christianity, which is a rather large and complex endeavor, in order to flag that message. All you need is a moron driving around in a Volvo with a bumper sticker that says "be nice to people." Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity (as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of "kill everyone who doesn't smell bad and doesn't answer to the name Mohammed"). But to call it the "message" of Jesus requires ... well, the brain of Maureen Dowd.

In fact, Jesus' distinctive message was: People are sinful and need to be redeemed, and this is your lucky day because I'm here to redeem you even though you don't deserve it, and I have to get the crap kicked out of me to do it. That is the reason He is called "Christ the Redeemer" rather than "Christ the Moron Driving Around in a Volvo With a 'Be Nice to People' Bumper Sticker on It."

The other complaint from the know-nothing crowd is that "The Passion" will inspire anti-Semitic violence. If nothing else comes out of this movie, at least we finally have liberals on record opposing anti-Semitic violence. Perhaps they should broach that topic with their Muslim friends.

One Times review of "The Passion" said: "To be a Christian is to face the responsibility for one's own most treasured sacred texts being used to justify the deaths of innocents." At best, this is like blaming Jodie Foster for the shooting of Ronald Reagan. But the reviewer somberly warned that a Christian should "not take the risk that one's life or work might contribute to the continuation of a horror." So the only thing Christians can do is shut up about their religion. (And no more Jodie Foster movies!)

By contrast, in the weeks after 9-11, the Times was rushing to assure its readers that "prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions." (That's if you set aside Muhammad's many specific instructions to kill non-believers whenever possible.) Times columnists repeatedly extolled "the great majority of peaceful Muslims." Only a religion with millions of practitioners trying to kill Americans and Jews is axiomatically described as "peaceful" by liberals.

As I understand it, the dangerous religion is the one whose messiah instructs: "[I]f one strikes thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" and "Love your enemies ... do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you." The peaceful religion instructs: "Slay the enemy where you find him." (Surah 9:92).

Imitating the ostrich-like posture of certain German Jews who ignored the growing danger during Hitler's rise to power, today's liberals are deliberately blind to the real threats of violence that surround us. Their narcissistic self-image requires absolute solicitude toward angry savages plotting acts of terrorism. The only people who scare them are the ones who worship a Jew.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: ann; anncoulter; christianity; coulter; gibson; ignorantmedia; islam; mel; nyt; passion; the; thepassion
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1 posted on 03/03/2004 4:18:02 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: perfect stranger
It is the way it was!
2 posted on 03/03/2004 4:23:51 PM PST by Gerish (Do not be fearful. God is with you.)
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To: perfect stranger
Wow. Just wow. Ann nails them, again, for their cluelessness.

Now, please, Ann, have a steak or a pastry or something.
3 posted on 03/03/2004 4:25:16 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Con Presidente Bush, vamos por buen camino.)
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To: perfect stranger


Ann Coulter Bump!!!
4 posted on 03/03/2004 4:28:07 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: perfect stranger
I was looking forward to Ann throwing her hat into the Passion fray. She didn't disappoint :) She almost never does. *applauds*

Qwinn
5 posted on 03/03/2004 4:28:59 PM PST by Qwinn
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To: perfect stranger
She is priceless.
6 posted on 03/03/2004 4:29:06 PM PST by King Black Robe (With freedom of religion and speech now abridged, it is time to go after the press.)
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To: Gerish
You don't need a religion like Christianity, which is a rather large and complex endeavor, in order to flag that message. All you need is a moron driving around in a Volvo with a bumper sticker that says "be nice to people." Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity (as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of "kill everyone who doesn't smell bad and doesn't answer to the name Mohammed"). But to call it the "message" of Jesus requires ... well, the brain of Maureen Dowd.

I love this woman!
7 posted on 03/03/2004 4:31:18 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
Need to read later (no....I'm not bookmarking the picture).
8 posted on 03/03/2004 4:36:08 PM PST by geopyg (Democracy, whiskey, sexy)
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To: geopyg
Sure...that's what they all say....
9 posted on 03/03/2004 4:37:21 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: perfect stranger
"But the loony-left is testy with Gibson for spending so much time on Jesus' suffering and death while giving "short shrift to Jesus' ministry and ideas"...

As if most libs could accurately articulate His ideas and ministry.

10 posted on 03/03/2004 4:38:32 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Rummyfan
And this one too:

In fact, Jesus' distinctive message was: People are sinful and need to be redeemed, and this is your lucky day because I'm here to redeem you even though you don't deserve it, and I have to get the crap kicked out of me to do it. That is the reason He is called "Christ the Redeemer" rather than "Christ the Moron Driving Around in a Volvo With a 'Be Nice to People' Bumper Sticker on It."
11 posted on 03/03/2004 4:38:38 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
Times columnists repeatedly extolled "the great majority of peaceful Muslims." Only a religion with millions of practitioners trying to kill Americans and Jews is axiomatically described as "peaceful" by liberals.

It's funny how the liberals love to defend Islam as peaceful, but Christianity as anti-Semitic and that watching a movie about what we have read about in our Bibles for centuries makes us more dangerous or to be feared than Muslims...

Perhaps when Christians start flying planes into Mecca during Ramadan or the Haj or into the Dome of the Rock, then the liberals can call Christianity "a religion of peace"

12 posted on 03/03/2004 4:54:50 PM PST by KriegerGeist ("For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds")
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To: perfect stranger
Wow, Ann knocked this one out of the ballpark...
13 posted on 03/03/2004 4:57:32 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: perfect stranger
MARRY ME ANN! PLEASE....
14 posted on 03/03/2004 5:01:12 PM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: Geist Krieger
watching a movie about what we have read about in our Bibles for centuries makes us more dangerous or to be feared than Muslims...

If nothing about the bizarre furor over this movie irks me more, it's the notion that old Baptist ladies are somehow going to run out theaters and torch the nearest synagogue they can find - it's the idea that modern American audiences are no different than the illiterate medieval peasants who got worked up over passion plays.

15 posted on 03/03/2004 5:03:43 PM PST by garbanzo (Free people will set the course of history)
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To: perfect stranger
That is the reason He is called "Christ the Redeemer" rather than "Christ the Moron Driving Around in a Volvo With a 'Be Nice to People' Bumper Sticker on It."

Ann skewering the Usual Suspects....

16 posted on 03/03/2004 5:04:35 PM PST by Gritty ("It is not 'is God on our side'. It is more important to know that we are on God's side-Abe Lincoln)
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To: ServesURight
I'm not Ann.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 5:13:32 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger; Freee-dame
In the dozens and dozens of panic-stricken articles the New York Times has run on Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," the unavoidable conclusion is that liberals haven't the vaguest idea what Christianity is.

This is THE bottom line. The critics have not a clue about Christians or the New Testament, or the Season of Lent, The Passion, etc. To churchgoers this 'story' is relived every Spring. Mel Gibson chose to illustrate the story using the medium in which he is an artist. The lack of awareness of the 'elite' is really getting exposed as 'ordinary' Americans show that they have a much greater understanding of Christ's message than the 'big' media.

A must read from Ann Coulter.

18 posted on 03/03/2004 5:20:07 PM PST by maica (World Peace starts with W)
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To: perfect stranger

19 posted on 03/03/2004 5:21:24 PM PST by BobS
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To: Rummyfan
I maybe crazy (I have the cats that could prove it) but Mel made this film with the message that we are all responsible for the death of Christ. I think some Jewish people look at the film and read the message they are responsible (AND total miss WE ALL ARE PART) for the death of Christ and then they start screaming.... We are being picked on again.

I can see a musical play written about the making of The Passion where that ADL guy sings and dancing to a song titled "It's all about Me".

20 posted on 03/03/2004 5:25:22 PM PST by CathyRyan
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To: BobS
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21 posted on 03/03/2004 5:28:36 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger; Blue Highway; left-handed conservative chef
reverse-ping
22 posted on 03/03/2004 5:30:31 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger
In strict accordance with the FreeRepublic by laws,
paragraph 4, section 7, stating that, and I quote:
"any mention of our beloved Ann Coulter
must include her image", I offer the following
pictures for your exclusive viewing pleasure.






Carville really IS gollum.

23 posted on 03/03/2004 5:33:22 PM PST by ChadGore ("Maybe they thought Saddam would lose the next Iraqi election")
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To: Dataman
The other complaint from the know-nothing crowd is that "The Passion" will inspire anti-Semitic violence. If nothing else comes out of this movie, at least we finally have liberals on record opposing anti-Semitic violence. Perhaps they should broach that topic with their Muslim friends.

Dang, she's good.

Dan

24 posted on 03/03/2004 5:41:09 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: perfect stranger
OOPS!

Poor Ann!

25 posted on 03/03/2004 5:45:57 PM PST by BobS
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To: BobS
Is that supposed to be Ann Coulter?
26 posted on 03/03/2004 5:54:56 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger
In my creative mind I tried to put myself in her place:):):)
28 posted on 03/03/2004 6:35:18 PM PST by BobS
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To: perfect stranger
Great, great article.
29 posted on 03/03/2004 6:36:27 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Toomey April 27)
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To: perfect stranger
But the loony-left is testy with Gibson for spending so much time on Jesus' suffering and death while giving "short shrift to Jesus' ministry and ideas" – as another Times reviewer put it

Let the "Times" put their money where their mouth is. Why don't they devote part of their paper to Jesus' ministry and ideas. No opinion, no interpretation, just the written words we know of His minisrty and ideas. Wanna bet they'd never do that.

30 posted on 03/03/2004 6:57:13 PM PST by feedback doctor
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To: feedback doctor
Why would they start now?
31 posted on 03/03/2004 7:00:27 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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BTTT
32 posted on 03/03/2004 7:12:42 PM PST by sarasmom (Vote no on all judicial retentions. Dont vote for any new judges. Impeach the rest.)
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To: maica
'ordinary' Americans show that they have a much greater understanding of Christ's message than the 'big' media.

Like most of the people in the theater, I already knew all the lines. The writers at the NYT probably had to rely on the subtitles.

33 posted on 03/03/2004 7:42:44 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: ChadGore
In strict accordance with the FreeRepublic by laws, paragraph 4, revised section 7, stating that, and I quote: "any mention of our beloved Ann Coulter or Mel Gibson must include his or her image"

new rule :-)


34 posted on 03/03/2004 8:12:03 PM PST by Tamzee (The Democrat Party...... Kerrying water for Communism since 1971)
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To: perfect stranger
Ann Coulter BUMP!! Sorry guys, Ann's marrying ME!

Somebody post the pic of her shooting the rifle :)

35 posted on 03/03/2004 8:27:56 PM PST by upchuck (I am upchuck and I approved this message because... well, just because.)
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To: perfect stranger
Liberals get religions mixed up. The more extreme it is, the more peaceful it must be. Hey, I am not making this up. I wish!
36 posted on 03/03/2004 8:31:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: upchuck

37 posted on 03/03/2004 8:31:46 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger
Only a religion with millions of practitioners trying to kill Americans and Jews is axiomatically described as "peaceful" by liberals.

Liberal Mantras: Love is Hate, War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength!

38 posted on 03/03/2004 8:33:12 PM PST by 537 Votes
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To: perfect stranger
THANKS!!!!
39 posted on 03/03/2004 8:33:46 PM PST by upchuck (I am upchuck and I approved this message because... well, just because.)
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To: maica
The Bible must be a sealed book to our Lefty friends. You wonder how many of them actually read it. And judging from John F. Kerry's reaction to the mere mention of God, there's something about The Deity that sends liberals running off for the hills!
40 posted on 03/03/2004 8:34:15 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
"The more extreme it is, the more peaceful it must be."....unless it's Christianity.
41 posted on 03/03/2004 8:34:19 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: BibChr
And you won't hear a peep from The Tolerant Folks about Islam's rampant Judeophobia and anti-Americanism.
42 posted on 03/03/2004 8:35:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: perfect stranger
"I'm not Ann"

LOL

43 posted on 03/03/2004 8:38:31 PM PST by ontos-on
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To: upchuck

44 posted on 03/03/2004 8:39:58 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Quick Quiz: how many liberals can relate the central theme of the Sermon From The Mount? Hint: it has something to do with humility. But today's smug and self-satisfied intellectual wannabees think it has something to do with income redistribution. They have no real idea of what God expects from Man.
45 posted on 03/03/2004 8:40:16 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Tamsey
As a long standing Coulter-Widow, I second the vote for the new rule - more pictures of Mel!!!
46 posted on 03/03/2004 8:43:43 PM PST by Brytani (Politics: n. from Greek; "poli"-many; "tics"-ugly, bloodsucking parasites.)
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To: perfect stranger
Excellent article! (and great pictures too;)
47 posted on 03/03/2004 8:54:53 PM PST by Frank_2001 (Kerry hunts fortunes. Bush hunts terrorists. Who would YOU rather have as President?)
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To: CathyRyan
I should say that the claim that the Passion is "anti-semetic" actually sterotypes a certain type of Jew or liberal polemecist. There is a certain kind of Jew who lives in the past with this hair trigger so ready to accuse others of anti-jewishness. They are superficial and shallow and indicate no depth to their screech of "anti-semite" in such an irresponsible manner.

In effect, they become the stereotype of the overly critical Jew who is splitting hairs without connection to the reality. As someone who fears the rise of real anti-semitism in the world--largely outside the United States, I am dismayed at the unthinking launch of this nominally Jewish attack [it really is the vacant Jewish left who does this in the name of all Jews] on this deeply religious film which is so tied ot the identity of Christians.

The Jewish left hates the fact that deeply religious Christians are very favorably disposed towards Jews. They miss no opportunityto distort this phenomenom into somehow a cause for Jewish alarm and wariness. It is almost as if these people have now sought to change Christian love for Jews by launching this no-nothing attack against the Christian heart.

48 posted on 03/03/2004 8:56:32 PM PST by ontos-on
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To: Brytani
A special one just for you :-)


49 posted on 03/03/2004 9:01:48 PM PST by Tamzee (The Democrat Party...... Kerrying water for Communism since 1971)
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To: ontos-on
no-nothing = Know-nothing

I am amazed at my typos at times!

50 posted on 03/03/2004 9:04:59 PM PST by ontos-on
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