October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Coulter: We want 'Jews to be perfected'

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Conservative commentator and best-selling author Ann Coulter may find herself in the midst of a controversy for comments Monday suggesting America would be better if everyone was Christian.

Asked by CNBC host Donny Deutsch what the U.S. looks like in her dreams, Coulter said it would look like the Republican National Convention in 2004

"People were happy,” she said, according to a transcript provided to CNN by CNBC. “They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America." (Video: Watch Coulter's comments on CNBC)

When Deutsch responded, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" Coulter said "Yeah."

Deutsch, himself Jewish, continued to press Coulter on her remarks, asking, "We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians then?"

"Yeah," Coulter responded, adding "Well, it's a lot easier. It's kind of a fast track."

"You can't possibly believe that," Deutsch responded. “You can’t possibly. You’re too educated.”

"Do you know what Christianity is?" Coulter replied. "See, we believe your religion, but you have to obey. We have the fast track program."

Later in the interview Deutsch asked Coulter if she doesn't want any Jews in the world, Coulter responded, "No, we think - we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say."

"Wow, you didn't really say that, did you," Deutsch said.

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"Yeah, no,” Coulter replied. “That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners."

Deutsch said he was personally offended.

"No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be," she said. "I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to live up to all the laws. What Christians believe - this is just a statement of what the New Testament is - is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament."

Deutsch continued to call Coulter's comments anti-semetic.

"No, no, - I don't want you being offended by this," she responded. "This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament. You know that. So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean, [the late Rev. Jerry] Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws. Ours is "Christ died for our sins." We consider ourselves perfected Christians. For me to say that for you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Christian is not offensive at all."


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  1. DRubin, New York, New York

    Coulter is a menace, and does her republican conservative cronies no favors by going out of her way to offend any thinking individual. Because she is physically attractive according to some arbitrary societal standard (although, thankfully, that is rapidly fading), she gets away with saying the most outragous and offensive things without any backlash - indeed, each escalation to her rhetoric only garners her more airtime. Remember her little jewel about the 9/11 widows? How about her calling John Edwards a "faggot?" Why does the press continue to give this horrific excuse for a human being the air time to repeat her hateful and intolerant nonsense? I'm all for free speech - I just don't think we have to celebrate and publish the kind of garbage that continues to spew from that overaged Barbie Doll's mouth. Time to pull the plug and shut this woman down.

    October 12, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Javier, Fort Worth TX

    For heavensake, do you see what happens in the name of 'tolerance' ?

    We are so 'tolerant' of other views that we squash the view of the person who is speaking with her own freedom. We lose the VERY concept of tolerance in doing so. We want to shut her mouth for expressing her opinion and for saying things that make her intolerable, then hypocritically [every single one of you who accused her of intolerance] speak as if she has no right to exercise the freedom that she is given. How 'tolerant' are any of you hypocrites? Are you being tolerant of her intolerant? If not your objections become futile and plainly stupid.

    She is not calling for the death of Jews, calling for the death of anyone at all. She is expressing an opinion that she is basing [erroneously] on the Bible. It isn't just jews who need to be perfected but ALL men who have been enslaved to sin if we are going to speak Biblically. Now if we want to become even more consistent Christians believe Jesus is the FULL expression and fulfillment of the Torah or Old Testament Law. If she means it in that sense then yes Jews should repent and obey Hashem, and the reason Jesus did speak of his own name is because he is Hashem.

    There are many things we should learn, firstly true consistent philosophical tolerance never has anything to do with expressing opinions and agreeing on everything. True consistnent theology doesn't just believe Jews need to be perfected but ALL people need to.

    Lastly, if you all want to be tolerant then please please *think* before you speak. You should be tolerant of Christian views if you want to be consistently tolerant, if not then we cna turn around and accuse you of not only being intolerant but violently prejudice against Christianity's ADMITTED intolerance. Christians are far more consistent than any post-modern foolish American.

    October 12, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Ann Coulter is an idiot obviously but is Jimmy Carter any better?

    October 12, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Helen, Dallas, TX

    Let's step back for a moment and look how far we have deteriorated as a country under right wing control. When Ann Coulter Republicans use the term "Christians" they are not referring to a group of people who follow the teachings of Christ. They are referring to wealthy Aryans. If we allow the media to continue to promote these wicked people and their agendas unchecked, we will shortly find ourselves in a modern-day version of 1930's Germany. They must be stopped now.

    October 12, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Bob C., Ashland, Ohio

    Even more evidence that religion is incompatible with reality. Any other opinion is simply that, a delusional opinion, which will never be offer along with factual evidence.

    October 12, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Richard Aberdeen, Nashville, Tennessee www.FreedomTracks.com

    Although I try my best not to be a sexist and some of the smartest people I have personally known are blonde females, Ann Coulter remains the living embodiment of every "Dumb Blonde" joke that has ever been uttered.

    Ann Coulter strolled into a public library and said in her usual loud and obnoxious voice: "I would like to order a Pepperoni Pizza".

    Chris Matthews, who works as a librarian on the side to supplment his comparitively meager income, put his finger up to his lips and said:
    "Shhh, this is a library."

    So, Ann Coulter whispered, "I would like to order a Pepperoni Pizza."

    Anymore Dumb Blonde jokes, anyone?

    October 12, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Gary, Schaumburg, Illinois

    After taking a closer look it appears to me that Ann Coulter and Marilyn Manson were separated at birth.

    October 12, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Jim, Flint, MI

    Ann's statement is correct and not anti-semetic. Christianity came from Judaism. In the same way Protestants came from Catholics. Who coined the term anti-semetic? and why?

    October 12, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Adam Cohen, Rocky Hill, CT

    Ann Coulter has finally lost her mind completely. Next thing she'll be saying that all humans should have blonde hair and blue eyes... although I belive that someone once mentioned that in Germany 70 or so years ago.

    October 12, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Lisa, Mystic Connecticut

    Predictable reactions!

    - Insult her
    - Misunderstand her
    - Ignore her
    - Focus on the delivery and not the content

    Why would you waste your precious time on posting with the above reactions?
    If you read this article make a meaningful exercise of it. Acknowledge her points. You can always state you are offended with how they are worded but why major in minors?
    Make your valid counter point that's worth reading.
    The posts that fall out of these guidelines are exercises in futility and examples of how people are more interested in personal recogniction of "witty" insults and blasting than meeting Ann in a battle of intellectual debate.

    October 12, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Quite a few people are defending Ms. Coulter's right to voice her comments by pointing out that she has represented a valid Christian view of Judaism. First of all, why bother defending her comments? She has a right to say whatever (nonviolent) thing she wants–no matter who she offends. That debate can end right there.

    Second of all, if we're talking about whether or not what she said was clever, let's note: There's a reason Jews do not generally go about expressing a Jewish perspective on Christians. How popular would, say, John Stewart be if he declared "Christians are like our wayward children. They were once chosen by God, like us, but they now worship a false idol. I wish we were all perfect, like us Jews. In fact, America would be a better place if Christians would perfect themselves, and abandon this golden calf of Jesus."

    Not very popular. (Although just to complete the parody, he could bring up some biblical references to Sodomites and Jezebel.)

    Anyway, this is just the nature of the difference between Jews and Christians. Jews don't worship false idols. That's why they don't worship Jesus. Christians worship the messiah, whom they believe to be Jesus. That's why they're Christians. The two points of view are mutually exclusive, and it's insulting and offensive to express the quality of one from the other's necessarily exclusive perspective.

    This is something that should be obvious, and frankly it was stupid of her not to have seen it. (Either that or it was an insult calculated to create an effect. You chose.)

    Once all's said and done, we do have the freedom to say stupid things, and to do so as loudly as the media will allow.

    So, power to you, Ms. Coulter. I just hope the majority of your listeners are more clever than you seem to be.

    October 12, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Joshua Schriftman, Pittsburgh PA

    Quite a few people are defending Ms. Coulter's right to voice her comments by pointing out that she has represented a valid Christian view of Judaism. First of all, why bother defending her comments? She has a right to say whatever (nonviolent) thing she wants–no matter who she offends. That debate can end right there.

    Second of all, if we're talking about whether or not what she said was clever, let's note: There's a reason Jews do not generally go about expressing a Jewish perspective on Christians. How popular would, say, John Stewart be if he declared "Christians are like our wayward children. They were once chosen by God, like us, but they now worship a false idol. I wish we were all perfect, like us Jews. In fact, America would be a better place if Christians would perfect themselves, and abandon this golden calf of Jesus."

    Not very popular. (Although just to complete the parody, he could bring up some biblical references to Sodomites and Jezebel.)

    Anyway, this is just the nature of the difference between Jews and Christians. Jews don't worship false idols. That's why they don't worship Jesus. Christians worship the messiah, whom they believe to be Jesus. That's why they're Christians. The two points of view are mutually exclusive, and it's insulting and offensive to express the quality of one from the other's necessarily exclusive perspective.

    This is something that should be obvious, and frankly it was stupid of her not to have seen it. (Either that or it was an insult calculated to create an effect. You chose.)

    Once all's said and done, we do have the freedom to say stupid things, and to do so as loudly as the media will allow.

    So, power to you, Ms. Coulter. I just hope the majority of your listeners are more clever than you seem to be.

    October 12, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Lynn Kozelka

    Way to go Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By Joy, Pompano Beach, Florida: "...Have you ever noticed that no one from the Republican party ever condemns Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter for their hateful remarks..."

    No. I'm republican and I've always thought Ann Coulter was an idiot. I don't buy her books. I pay no attention to her interviews. She could not be more of a non-issue in my life if she tried.

    Like I said previously, Ann likes to stir up the ant hill and you, my dear Joy, are playing right into her hand. She makes comments specifically to get a rise out of people and based on your post her wishes have come true.

    Good job lumping all republicans in the same lot and in the same breath say that Ann does not speak for all Christians. You discount your comments by your own actions. Kudos.

    October 12, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Marcia Levin, Hollywood, FL

    If Ann Coulter is perfect, thank God for imperfections.

    October 12, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. GLORIA ALBERT PILO,BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

    I LOVE TO HATE THIS WOMAN, NORMALLY
    BUT THIS IS TOO MUCH.
    IT HURTS ME TO SEE , THAT SHE REALLY BELIEVES WHAT SHE SAYS....WHO FEEDS HER THIS CRAP
    I DO NOT THINK WE SHOULD SWEEP THIS UNDER THE CARPET. I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FOREFRONT.....WHAT DOES SHE REALLY FEEL ABOUT THE JEWISH NATION AND FROM WHERE DO HER IDEAS COME.

    October 12, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. janice sarasota fl

    If Ms Coulter believes that way I suggest that she NEVER be allowed on the air wave again--–I am PROUD TO BE A JEWISH AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Steve, Barstow, Ca

    I always thought she was the last genetic mistake the nazi's created in their test tube. Rather she is a Republican and therefore some what of a mushroom swallowing, pot smoking dillusional freak within their circus.

    October 12, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Mike, Boca Raton FL

    Was jesus not a jew? So would that mean that jews started chrisitianity?

    October 12, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Joy Sevier, Atlanta, Georgia

    Why was I NOT surprised to hear Ms.Coulter's comments??
    How UN-CHRISTIAN of her, and also ignorant, to say nothing of her stupidity. Could she really meant this?
    Or, are her comments to keep her books selling?
    I do know that many people may agree with her, but they are not stupid enough to elaborate and make widely known to the public at large of just how totally ignorant this is!
    One of the things I have learned in life is to really be careful of those who proclaim loudly of their being Christian....It has often been to my regret that I trusted them. If one IS truly Christian, they do NOT need to say anything--just let it be known by the way they live!!!!!!!!

    Joy Sevier
    Atlanta, Georgia

    October 12, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Carmen Larkin, Lindenhurst, New York

    I'm appalled that anyone in 2007 can still spew such racial and religious hatred. Why does this individual keep popping up on shows? For effect? For ratings? She's a disgrace to anyone who calls themselves Christian. Perhaps it's time to revisit the rhetoric of pre-Nazi Germany...

    October 12, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. David B, Sterling VA

    Coulter has never shied away from her belief that White Christian American Republicans are some kind of master race. Why are people shocked when she says something like this? She's very proud of her bigotry.

    October 12, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Sherry AllOver Texas

    Freedom of speech is one thing, but freedom of hate speech is another. Coulter, O'Reilly, Limbaugh et al need to be dealt with from a legal standpoint. The hate filled propaganda they are spewing is hurting this country and widening the divide between Democrats & Republicans at a time when we should all be coming together. One must assume that is their agenda, which in my opinion is about as unpatriotic as you can get.

    There is a reason it is against the law to yell "Fire" in a crowded movie theater and there should be a law against this type of hate speech as well, it does harm the country.

    October 12, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Laura Marino, Staten Island, NY

    Okay honestly there's a few things I've noticed about the comments I've seen posted on here... First of all, I want to say from the start that I am not in agreement with Ann's statements in any way, shape or form. I'm Catholic and I was married to an Atheist just to give you an idea of my tolerance levels for religion. However what really amuses me are all the people who are on here ranting about how we shouldn't give her any more attention but that's EXACTLY what you all are doing!!! How can you sit and say don't pay her any mind in a public forum she can very well read herself and see just how much attention you're "not giving her." Second of all, the same people who are sitting here saying Ann doesn't have the right to say what she did are the ones who defend Al Sharpton's right to spew racial hatred on a daily basis. Free speech is a right for everyone, not just Democrats... and finally, if you're truely educated and not ignorant of the world around you, you'd understand that Donny Deutsch is doing just as well and getting just as much publicity off this as she is. He could have taken the opportunity to say he was going to put his foot down and not allow her "Christian hate-monger" ideas to fill the airwaves. He could have said that he would not air something that offended him and could possibly offend other people, both Jewish and non and I'm sure he would have gained a lot of respect for that. But he didn't because he, just like Ann and other political commentators and pundits are about ratings, publicity and stirring the pot.

    I know some people here may dispute the fact that Ann Coulter is an educated person or that she has the right to voice her opinions but please don't kid yourselves. That woman knows exactly what she is doing when she says the things she says and the reaction she is going to evoke. And until you people STOP REACTING to it the way you do, she has NO reason to stop and television has nothing to do but GAIN from her making the comments. Does she really believe the things she said? Probably but then again, so do a LOT of other people about their own religions. But she wasn't saying what she said to encourage people to convert to Christianity. She was doing it for a media reaction, plain and simple. The sooner everyone recognizes that's why she does the things she does, the less offended you'll stop being by it.

    October 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. george west laguna beach, ca.

    it's high time that everyone turns their collective back to her, with no more regard than that which we offer to lindsie lohan or.. robert novak, for that matter. regardless of ones' political leanings, it is crystal clear that she is a lonely, angry and soulfully anemic little post-sorority girl that, when shoved deeply enough into an intellectual corner.. she can only try to find an audience through her own self-congratulating giggles, hoping to find the last one in the crowd that won't throw that rotten tomato of truth's final vestiges back into her masculine face.

    October 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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