Not only is Ann Coulter a bigoted, homophobic, anorexic idiot, she is also an anti-Semite. This because she said that Christians are perfected Jews. She says some theologically weird stuff in that interview, but the fact that Christians might view themselves as “perfected Jews” is not so strange. I’m not sure that Ann knew what she was saying, but it is undeniable that Christians believe the telos (“end” or “goal”) of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) is in Jesus Christ. If that’s anti-Semitic, then the ADL is correct: most Christians are, excepting a few dispensationalists.
Let’s be clear, however: I’m not endorsing Ann’s theology. She calls Christianity the “fast-track program.” She says, “Do you know what Christianity is? We believe your religion, but you have to obey.” What? Obey what? “That is what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws.” That just doesn’t make any sense. It’s not like Jews believe they don’t have to obey laws. And what Christianity is is not “obeying laws”; it’s trusting in Jesus alone for salvation.
And then she says, “This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament. You know that. So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean (Jerry) Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws. Ours is ‘Christ died for our sins.'” First, we don’t believe Jews go to heaven if they don’t trust in Jesus. Second, it is not a law to follow to believe “Christ died for our sins.” It is God-given faith.
Anyway, she obviously needs to be better catechized. She’s welcome at my church any time. But, if she means “perfection” equals telos, then I’m with her on that. It’s not anti-Semitic anymore than saying Muslims have to trust Christ is anti-Arabic. It just happens to be the case that “salvation is from the Jews,” meaning that Jesus was born and raised a Jew. How can she be faulted for a historical fact? But without a better explanation of what Christians really believe, I’m not surprised that the host took Ann’s comments the way that she did.