Ann Coulter Speaks the Truth...And Offends
While I do not agree with everything Ann Coulter has to say, she has apparently gotten herself into a whole lot of hot water by saying that she wishes that all Jews would convert to Christianity. Of course, the host, Donny Deutsch, said that he was "offended" by her comments, and likened her to the head of Iran who wants to wipe Israel off the map.
Now, let us deal with Mr. Deutsch's objections. First of all, the idea that saying that we wish that all Jews are Christians is akin to the military force of Iran to wipe Israel off the map is utter nonsense. The only sword that the Chruch bears is the sword of the spirit, and we trust in the Holy Spirit of God to convert the Jewish people. We do not bear the sword of nuclear weapons, bombs, and guns. It is not even a true conversion if someone only says something because they are looking down the barrel of a gun. It is only a true conversion if the heart is changed. However, that is exactly what we trust in the spirit of God to do to the Jewish people.
Now, what about Mr. Deutsch being "offended" at such a comment? Well, either he is in sin and rebellion against God or he is not. There is no middle ground. I have talked with Jews who say the exact same thing about me. This is an issue of factual truth and falsity. Is Christianity true, or is Judaism true? Whichever side is wrong is engaging in an horrendus sin against God, the Jews for allegedly rejecting the Messiah, and the Christians for allegedly believing in a false God, and trusting in a false sacrifice. Thus, because of the self-contradictory nature of the truth claims of each religion, both cannot be right. I would liken Mr. Deutsch's statement to a person who gets offended when they are told that their belief that 2+2=5 is false. The *scholarly* way to defend such a position is to demonstrate that the Jewish faith is true, and the Christian faith is false. However, there is no defense of the Jewish position offered in that interview; just statements about how "offended" the host is. Ann Coulter tried to engage him in the topic, but he just simply would not do it.
What this tells us is that this secularist, like so many others who support religious pluralism, does not realize that religion is founded upon an entire world and life view. If we have a society of religious pluralism, it will lead to utter chaos, simply because the ultimate authority for every person will be different. As Greg Bahnsen once said:
If the authority for those principles derives from nothing more than individual human choice and contract, their authority likewise ends whenever individuals choose -- and leaves unexplained the (apparently involuntary) moral duty to keep one's contracts. Many "creators" is the formula for social anarchy, not freedom.
If we are going to deal with the problems that arise because of different worldviews, we have to get down and deal with the tough philosophical questions of which worldview is true. I believe, as Greg Bahnsen did, that the Christian worldview will turn out to be the only defensible worldview.