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Why I am the Left's Response to Coulter and NOT a "Pro-Palestinian Blogger"

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I admit I have not read more than a book jacket cover to any of Ann Coulter's books- nor more than a few sentences of anything she has written- but I could not miss how anti-Christ her Christianity is.

While I write on a variety of topics, I have been pigeon-holed a "Pro-Palestinian Blogger" because I have been to the occupied Palestinian territories five times since June 2005, and never shut up about what I saw, heard, and felt in my gut, and continue to learn. But what I am is pro-equal human rights, pro-justice, pro-international law, pro-democracy and pro-what Jesus taught, and everything he taught was filtered through his world view as a Palestinian Jew who was born, lived and died under Roman Military Occupation. Even a short stay in occupied territory can irrevocably change one. One sees things one had never imagined and hears much that is unimaginable, and the oppression is visceral. When one learns of one's own culpability - by virtue of being a USA tax payer - in the ongoing injustices Israel commits, one should become righteously enraged.

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In a 2004 column, Coulter summarized her view of Christianity:

"Jesus' distinctive message was: People are sinful and need to be redeemed, and this is your lucky day because I'm here to redeem you even though you don't deserve it, and I have to get the crap kicked out of me to do it...I'm a Christian first and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don't you ever forget it...Christianity fuels everything I write."[1]

Christianity fuels everything I write, too. 

But, there is nothing Christian about mean-spiritedness, bigotry or conservatism. 

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God created all beings and all things and said they were all good!

Christians agree that God is love, but many part ways when it comes to comprehending that:

"Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing.... Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers." -Dorothy Day

Coulter was raised with a silver spoon and by a Catholic father.  I came of age in lower middle class Levittown, Long Island [same town as Eddie Money and Mr. Bill O'Reilly] by two Catholic parents.  Neither Ann nor I are members of any particular denomination, and we are poles apart on what Jesus was all about.

Jesus went around saying that he only did what he saw the Father doing and he always quoted the Hebrew prophets for back up. 

In the Gospel [good news] told in Mark 3: 31-35, the mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house where he was teaching.  Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him out. The crowd around Jesus told him, "Your mother, sisters and brothers are outside asking for you."

Jesus replied, "I am here with my mother, sisters and brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother."-Mark 3: 31-35

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"What does God require? He has told you o' man! Be just, be merciful, and walk humbly with your Lord." -Micah 6:8

Being just means correct, true, accurate, right and fair.  Merciful is to have, feel and show compassion, that sense of viscerally feeling the pain of another and then being moved to help.  Being humble is knowing yourself; the good and the bad, for both cut through every human heart.

All Christians - from the most fundamental to liberal and left - are connected to every other as a sister and brother in the mystical Body of Christ.  While I rhetorically vehemently oppose Coulter's Christianity, we are in the same dysfunctional family.  Believers are to provoke other believers onto good works and refrain from judging non-believers.

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

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