Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says the American doctor stricken with Ebola after working with a Christian organization in Liberia is “idiotic” and suffers from “Christian narcissism.”
“Can't anyone serve Christ in America anymore?” Coulter asks on her blog.
“America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet,” she wrote.
Coulter accused Brantly of taking his life into his own hands so he could seem more “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,” she wrote. “But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn't have been ‘heroic.’
“There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism,” Coulter wrote on her website on Aug. 6.
She argues that the cost to bring Dr. Kent Brantly home outweighs any other lives he saved treating and containing the fatal outbreak in South Africa.
“I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered,” she wrote. “Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has 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.”
Fox News writer Peter Rosenberger disagreed with Coulter’s views.
“As someone who has worked in West Africa for nearly 10 years and has taken teams to help treat amputees with prosthetics, I would strongly disagree with Ann Coulter,” Rosenberger wrote. “I never went there to get away from name-calling, labeling, or any part of America’s culture. I went there, because they had a need—and we wanted to address that specific need. Our passion flows from the courage of my wife, Gracie, who herself lost both legs.
“Ann Coulter doesn’t speak for anyone other than Ann Coulter,” he added. “For us, going on a mission field is not about escaping anything in America, but rather promoting what is best about America: freedom and compassion.”
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