With the secular media trumpeting the outrage of liberal Jewish groups at Ann Coulter's remarks on her desire for all people, Jews included, to become Christian, LifeSiteNews.com spoke with Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Levin. Rabbi Levin, the spokesman on moral issues for some thousand rabbis, told LifeSiteNews.com, "She said nothing that in any way indicates anti-Semitism."
On CNBC's The Big Idea last week, host Donny Deutsch became hysterical when Coulter tried to explain that Christianity considers itself the continuation of Judaism, and thus Christians wish followers of Judaism to complete the journey — "we want Jews to be perfected" she phrased it.
Deutsch called Coulter's comment uneducated, "hateful and anti-Semitic" and went so far as to compare her to Iran in wishing to "wipe Israel off the earth."
Rabbi Levin, a spokesman for the Rabbinical Alliance for America and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, commented to LifeSiteNews.com on the matter saying: "It is a fact that millions of Christians believe in evangelizing and preaching the gospel and it is their belief for a Jew to accept the tenets of Christianity and accept the divinity somehow completes them and brings them to perfection."
Levin stressed, "That's obviously not our belief; that's not the traditional Jewish belief at all."
"But the fact that Miss Coulter was asked to try to say that this is now anti-Semitism, I believe is off the mark, is even sad and dangerous in certain ways," continued Rabbi Levin. "Because I'm concerned that many Christians out there will hear her merely saying what they have been taught in their religion and having that referred to as anti-Semitism could put a strain on relations. People will say, 'I'm not entitled to have my religious opinions on the subject of evangelizing and what's considered to be perfect'."
The spokesman for some thousand orthodox rabbis concluded, "So, I very strongly feel it's important to say that saying things like this does not an anti-Semite make."
Interestingly talk shows discussing the matter had numerous orthodox Jews calling in to state they were not offended by Coulter's remarks. Rabbi Levin explained, "The Orthodox are very comfortable in their beliefs of their religion and their practices. The Jews who would be more offended by this are those that are not involved in day to day practice of Judaism."
The offence taken by several Liberal Jewish individuals and organizations is also hypocritical according to Rabbi Levin. He pointed out that true followers of Judaism, like true Christians and sincere believers in several other religions feel they have the fullness of truth, and thus in charity hope for a day when all people will embrace the fullness of truth.
Rabbi Levin explained that especially on Jewish holidays special prayers are said, even several times a day, especially for non-Jews that they will come to accept the truth. Translating one such prayer from Hebrew the Rabbi prayed that "Every person will know that You created him, and everyone who has a soul will declare God his King and His monarchy is forever and ever."
See full coverage of the Coulter interview with Deutsch here.