Ann Coulter: Helping Migrant Children Makes You A Bad Christian


In Ann Coulter’s unending race to outdo her own awfulness, she has now begun labeling anyone who shows compassion for the Central American child refugees as “moral show-offs.” In short, she wants people to cut it out.

In an hour long rant on Twitter, Coulter managed to be both insulting to the religious and nonreligious alike. After reading a New York Times article which covered the many religious organizations and ordinary people who have come to help alleviate the suffering of the over 50,000 undocumented children being held near the border, Coulter became incensed that anyone would do such a thing. For a person like Coulter, the idea that people would see children who were not their own and whom they had never met and feel sympathy was unfathomable. So, in textbook Coulter hyperbole, she claimed that anyone who helps or speaks up for the undocumented children cannot be considered a Christian (for some reason she never fully explains).

Of course, that can be insulting to just about everybody. Religious people of all faiths are capable of seeing the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the border and feel the urge to help. At the same time, by labeling these people nonbelievers, Coulter is insinuating that atheists can’t be motivated by altruistic motives. In fact, across the country people of every creed have pitched in to help or show their support.

Coulter also had a bone to pick with the Catholic church. Apparently, she had read the Pope’s remarks in which he decried the treatment the children were getting at the hands of the United States. He called on U.S. lawmakers to help the children, not demonize them.

“I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain,” he said. “They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.” [source]

Making matters worse in Coulter’s mind, Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and the face of the Catholic church in the United States recently stated that he officially opposed efforts to hastily deport the children, calling the idea “un-American” and “un-biblical.” Coulter – who has hated the idea of these children from day one – obviously felt that her interpretation of Christianity was more valid than the Pope’s and blasted the church for, what she claimed was hypocrisy.

Stephen Colbert is Catholic and she doesn’t like him, which are the only two reasons Coulter needed to drag him into a story in which he was not mentioned nor involved with.

Coulter’s premise is that if anyone who speaks up for the children doesn’t personally invite those refugees to live at their house, then they are a hypocrite and should shut up about it. Sadly, Coulter isn’t the only one pushing this fallacy-laden nonsense. Recently, the idea that liberal support of child immigrants is only skin deep has gained traction within the conservative opposition to them.

Coulter reiterates that stance again when she calls out Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (D) using the same exact argument:

Again, the argument is that if Patrick isn’t willing to let 50,000 children stay at his home, he isn’t allowed to work towards finding any solutions for the children and should just be quiet.

This isn’t the first time that Coulter has felt the desire to police how people think and act in regards to immigration. Earlier this year, Coulter told a crowd of conservative supporters that the day Republicans allow amnesty for the millions of undocumented workers in this country is the day she begins ordering “death squads for the people who wrecked America.” Her message was clear: You cross the line I have drawn, you die.

Among many other things – including, plain old racism – Coulter is worried that Hispanics will vote Democrat and therefore states which used to be unwaveringly red are going to turn blue. It’s why she screams with such frenzied desperation about why Republicans cannot allow the undocumented people living in the United States today to get citizenship – they’ll remember how poorly Republicans treated them when they were still considered “illegals.” Of course, this holding the tiger by the tail by a political party which hopes to stay relevant is patently absurd (it didn’t work out well when the Founding Fathers tried it with slavery, either), but it also means Coulter and other conservatives don’t have to change anything about their ideology to become more inclusive – not yet. As long as she can keep these people disenfranchised, they can’t do anything about it. In the mean time, she just wishes Christians would stop helping them so much.