Ann Coulter Says Ebola Doctor, Mission 'Idiotic'

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 09:57 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Ebola-stricken Dr. Kent Brantly could have done much more good with his missionary efforts had he stayed in the United States instead of traveling to Liberia to fight the disease, Ann Coulter says in a new column that labels the doctor's condition in a headline as "idiotic."

Brantly's good deeds in Liberia have "now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals,” Coulter wrote in a post on the conservative website Human Events Wednesday.

But, Coulter said, had Brantly stayed in the United States, people would not be labeling his service as "heroic."

"Right there in Texas, near where Dr. Brantly left his wife and children to fly to Liberia and get Ebola, is one of the poorest counties in the nation, Zavala County, where he wouldn’t have risked making his wife a widow and his children fatherless," Coulter said.

However, working with the poor "in some deadbeat town in Texas" would not have led to the "superlatives about Dr. Brantly’s 'nusual drive to help the less fortunate' or his membership in the 'Gold Humanism Honor Society,' " said Coulter. "Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away, that’s the ticket."

Brantly and his fellow aid worker, Nancy Writebol, were diagnosed with Ebola while in West Africa and were flown back to the United States to be treated in an isolation ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. A secret, experimental serum called ZMapp is credited with saving their lives.

But Coulter complained that there was no reason for them to have been in Africa in the first place. Coulter maintained that if Brantly had worked at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital and converted a Hollywood-type person, "he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia" because Hollywood movies spread a virus of "spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies."

She also maintained that Christians go on mission trips to "disease-ridden cesspools" because they are tired of fighting for their beliefs in America.

"So they slink off to Third World countries, away from American culture to do good works, forgetting that the first rule of life on a riverbank is that any good that one attempts downstream is quickly overtaken by what happens upstream," she claimed.

Samaritan's Purse, for which Brantly worked, did not comment on Coulter's column, but other conservative pundits and religious leaders criticized her on Twitter, including Red State columnist Erick Erickson, who tweeted: St. Thomas should have never gone to India and Jim Elliott should have never gone into the jungle. Sigh.

He also penned a column about Coulter's statements, saying that while he likes Coulter and is not particularly outraged by her comments, Christian missions around the world are also important.

"Is the faith so small that Christ cannot spare one doctor to Liberia?" Erickson wrote. "Not every Christian survives. Many are martyred. We, as Christians, should understand each person is called by the Lord in different ways. Ann and I are called to our keyboards to write and speak boldly. Dr. Brantly was called to Africa."

And Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Denny Burk, in another tweeted comment, said: Don't look to Ann Coulter for sound missiology. This is pagan foolishness.

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