There was some hubbub about my column last week, where I complained about Christians, like Dr. Kent Brantly, who abandon America to do much-praised work in Third World countries.
I planned to respond to my critics this week, but, unfortunately, there's nothing to respond to. They call me names, say I'm cruel, malicious, not a Christian, compare me to Howard Stern and cite the titles of my books as if they are self-refuting. (Zippy, aren't they?)
In other words, it feels like a book tour.
Missing from these alleged refutations is what we call a "point." What is with these Christians? I know God didn't distribute brains evenly, but can't they make an argument? Christian websites should start separating columns into "Arguments" and "Anger" sections.
I've decided to help out my detractors with a few pointers.
First, exposing error is much more hurtful than name-calling.
Take former Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner's digs:
-- "The irony of Coulter accusing anyone of narcissism seems lost on her."
-- "Let's just say that when one thinks about what St. Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control -- Ann Coulter's name doesn't leap immediately to mind."
-- "Near the end of her 1987 book, Ms. (Elisabeth) Elliot writes this: 'If there should appear in the 20th century one who was truly holy ... would we say, "Away with him! Crucify him!"?' ... If Elisabeth Elliot didn't personally know Ann Coulter, she certainly knew her type."
I've always hoped to be part of an "ilk," but I guess "type" will do.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention -- and I hope, for their sake, the brother-in-law of some important Baptist -- wrote:
-- "Ann Coulter has not suddenly pivoted to saying some outrageous, shocking thing. She's made a living at it."
-- "Ann Coulter's ... comments are none of my concern. The church is to hold accountable those who are on the inside, not those on the outside" of the church.