Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Break's Over, Back To Work

"God, I hate Ann Coulter."
"Who's Ann Coulter?"
I couldn't believe that one of my contemporaries, a fellow educator, was not familiar with conservative provocateur and big mouth extraordinaire. We were supposed to be on a break from the training we were receiving on team building, but the article on which I had just clicked sent my head into a whirl. Ann Coulter was asserting that the two medical missionaries should not be brought back to the United States for treatment. Her opening snark? "I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered." This was the quote I shared with my colleague. 
She sat in stunned silence. Then she continued to read: "There's little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?" Unclear on the entire concept of Christian charity, or at least that was the impression my friend was left with after her initial contact with the crazy talk of Ms. Coulter, who wondered, "Can't anyone serve Christ in America anymore?"
Oh, alright. I know that Ann Coulter is kicking up all this fuss because she sees a connection and a raw nerve and wants to make a point. A very sharp point with a rusty nail. She wants leave not just a mark, but a nasty infection as well. "If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world."
It was at this point that my friend stopped reading. Continued exposure to this vitriol might have kept us from being any kind of productive when our break was over. This meant that she never had a chance to experience Donald Trump's equally ridiculous comments on the situation. A sample Tweet from the Donald: "The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!" The up side? Most teachers already know what a twit Trump is. 

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