"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I Guess Ann Coulter Isn't a Christian

I don't read Ann Coulter articles but every now and then I will see a quote by her that just amazes me. Take today, for example. I read in my daily newspaper (yes, I am old enough that I actually like the print medium) the following quote by Ms. Coulter: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity." She was talking about the Islamic nations.

I have read the Bible; the Old Testament twice and the New Testament once. And I was raised as a Christian, although I am no longer one . . . but then I really do try to use logic rather than emotion to analyzed the world in which we live. The thing that gets me about the above quote by Ms. Coulter is that it is so very un-Christian.

I don't have a Bible handy right now, but I do remember quite clearly that Jesus was supposed to have said something very close to this: "Bless those who vilely abuse you." And no where in the teachings of Jesus do I remember him saying go out and kill the enemy. As John Pryne said in his Vietnam protest song, American Flag Decal, "Jesus don't like killing no matter what the reason for." I believe that is one of the foundations of being a true Christian, because his kingdom is not of this Earth. So true Christians aren't supposed to be too attached to wordly things and they are supposed to try (even though they can't achieve it completely) to behave as Jesus would, or would want them to.

I also wonder if Ms. Coulter wants to force everyone in the world to become a Christian? That's very un-Christian too. As I understand it, Jesus wants each individual to come to him of their own free will. Ms. Coulter sounds like a tyrannical terrorist when she makes statements like that.

So, I guess that Ann Coulter isn't a Christian, at least not by what she says. But then, all things considered, neither is King George II, although he claims to have been "born again."

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