Ann Coulter’s thoughts on the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, from her most recent column, are impressive. She is unbounded in her admiration for the man, saying, " Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell."
Her comments provide a powerful tonic against the toxins spread by the press both during Falwell’s life and in the wake of his death. Here is an excerpt:
No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus’ warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn’t pay to be nice to liberals
Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN.
He was such a good Christian that back when we used to be on TV together during Clinton’s impeachment, I sometimes wanted to say to him, "Step aside, reverend — let the mean girl handle this one." (Why, that guy probably prayed for Clinton!)
For putting Christ above everything — even the opportunity to make a humiliating joke about Clinton — Falwell is known as "controversial." Nothing is ever as "controversial" as yammering about Scripture as if, you know, it’s the word of God or something.
Coulter is right. Among people in power in this nation, there is a powerful desire to suppress real knowledge of Christianity and in particular its centrality to all that is good in our society and in fact to all of Western civilization throughout history. That is a fact and should be a truism. The media’s specious and contemptible use of the Rev. Mr. Falwell as a punching bag over the years is direct and irrefutable proof that most people in positions of power in this society despise and reject the very things that have made this such a great, powerful, and unusually virtuous nation.
Coulter herself is widely hated among American smarty-pants types, perhaps even more than the Rev. Mr. Falwell was, and that is saying a lot. What people despise about her is that she is a powerful and uncompromising defender of Christianity.
Her rhetoric is often intermperate, and indeed sometimes unjustifiably so, but what she stands for is thoroughly good and right.
The press love "suffering Christ" Christians who embrace everyone who hates them and who rush to adopt the values and ideas of the enemies of the faith. They intensely hate Martin Luther-style Christians whose fervor for their beliefs do not allow for smarmy compromises with the minions of the devil.
It is time for those who believe in a culture that values freedom, truth, and other Christian virtues to stand up and say so, as Ann Coulter does.