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Just wait until Ann Coulter finds out that Christians have all been worshiping a working-class Middle Easterner who didn’t even speak English.

It’s not just politicians pandering to “f—ing Jews” that’s getting Ann Coulter angry. She’s now turned her eye on Catholics and their pernicious influence on American culture — and she seems to be opening with a question of whether or not they should even be admitted as citizens.

Coulter started it up Wednesday morning, with this tweet in response to conservative pundit David Limbaugh (who is not Catholic, as he noted) picking and choosing the political topics in which Pope Francis has a relevant role to play.

This might have something to do with Coulter’s obsessive campaigning against immigrants from Latin America — as exemplified by her new book, ¡Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole. Those immigrants are of course largely Catholic — and the presence now of a pope from Argentina might just be throwing some more grease on the fire for her!

Regarding this notion that the Founding Fathers would not actually allow Catholics to be American citizens, it’s unclear where in the world Coulter even gets this idea. As a statistical matter, there simply were not many Catholics in the early United States — their first great immigration wave came in the mid-1800s. (It was this event that set off a wave of anti-immigrant/anti-Catholic sentiment in politics, commonly referred to as the Know-Nothing Party.)

But before that, Catholics in the New World had easily become Americans following the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, and the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1819. And Catholics did indeed play a role in the early polity of the U.S. This included one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Maryland, and two delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Daniel Carroll of Maryland (and cousin of Charles), plus Thomas Fitzsimmons of Pennsylvania.

Now back to Coulter’s craziness. She went on about how Catholics in the U.S. must cease to be Roman Catholics — and become American Catholics instead.  

Coulter further laid out her philosophical objections to the current pope, and tied it in with the rich, proud Protestant tradition of attacking the pontiff.

 

All we can say is: Jesus Shrugged!

Photo: Ann Coulter speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.