Ann, Aliens and the Antichrist: A Corrective For Coulter

Today, the Wall of Separation welcomes a guest post from AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn. The following blog was originally posted at, where the Rev. Lynn debates leading Religious Right attorney, Jay Sekulow.

Jay, I want to get back to the very serious issue of the debate over health care in a few days, but I want to interrupt that flow with a point of personal privilege.

You see, I have been attacked by Ann Coulter...again. This one deserves an immediate response.

She has now claimed that I'm not a real minister - and not a real Christian - and has told readers that she would send a free copy of her newest book (sure to become another New York Times bestseller) to the first person who can send her a "copy of my bar mitzvah photos or birth announcement."

I wonder why my lineage would matter. After all, there are some of Jewish converts to Christianity, including yourself, Jay. Maybe she is convinced that I am the Antichrist.   Many fundamentalists concerned about this matter (including the late Jerry Falwell) believe he is already among us and claim the said figure must be Jewish. Hence, to Ann, I must have been born Jewish.

Obviously, Jay, I believe all of this is just nonsense, but I want to put this claim of Ms. Coulter's to rest--and I'd like to win one of those great New York Times best sellers.   I would also like to ensure that she does not repeat this error that could discredit her scholarship, which has already taken a few hits over her recent works, Treason and Godless.

So, in the interests of the truth as Ann Coulter would want to know it, please note the following:

Here is my birth certificate from Cameroon -- as anyone can see, this "authentic" document makes no reference to Jewish origins. (Note, this birth certificate is courtesy of lead "birther" Orly Taitz.)

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And here is one of the earliest known photos of my parents and me.

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Frankly, alien lineage is incompatible with any known Jewish tradition. (I verified this with several rabbis and Madonna, for the more mystical possibilities.)

Look, I don't even have Ann's e-mail, so you might want to help get me get this vital material to her.

As noted, I'll get back to "socialist medicine," "death panels" and other non-existent features of the Obama health care plan in a few days.

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