For some reason, pretty much every columnist these days feels obligated to write about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ". Ann Coulter just added her two cents - although I am probably overvaluing her contribution.
William Safire, the New York Times' in-house "conservative" – who endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992, like so many conservatives – was sure Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" would incite anti-Semitic violence. Thus far, the pogroms have failed to materialize.Did you get that, folks? You were kidding yourself all these years if you thought Bill Safire was a conservative.
Coulter's focus seems to be on anti-Semitism - denying that Gibson's film could inflame anti-Semitic attitudes - but her editorial suggests to me something very different. It suggests to me that, beneath a thinly stretched surface of pseudo-Christianity, Ann Coulter has a very low opinion of Judaism. Beyond her comments suggesting Safire doesn't 'get it' (apparently because he's not Christian), she continues,
But again I ask: Does anyone at the Times have the vaguest notion what Christianity is?How can I interpret that, as a comment about an organization she knows has a heavy Jewish editorial presence, particularly on the heels of her attack on Bill Safire?
Coulter concludes by reaffirming that she hates all Muslims. But I am left with the uneasy feeling that her opinions toward Jews aren't much different.