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.

Click here to see CNN's new political portal: CNNPolitics.com

"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."


Filed under: Uncategorized
soundoff (2,797 Responses)
  1. Nik, San Francisco

    She's the perfect spokes person for the Bush administration. Says it like they want it to be.

    October 11, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Avron Daniller, Tarzana, California.

    Can you believe that this person would have us go back to the time of the Inquisition. A time when it was also decided that Jews need to be perfected as they clearly were not true believers. While I appreciate the fact that she likes to be controversial as this gets her the attension she clearly craves,is she proud of being identified with the mental illness of extremism that has driven people like Hitler, Stalin and Ben Laden ?????????????

    October 11, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Shaun, NJ

    She is basicly saying that Christians are: "Better than the people who are better than them"...... Makes no sense, let her get fired.

    October 11, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. James Hurst, Texas

    Thank goodness we live in the USA. It's freedom of speech at it's best. Let her rave on...Being this is a polictical ticker...I've never voted for Ann or ever bought anything this blond bimbos produced. Nor will I...Could we stick with valid news?

    She's like a bad batch of chicken stew.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Michael Rolfson: Rochester, Minnesota

    Ann Coulter is a typical right wing zealot whose hypocrisy is only surpassed by her incredibly over inflated ego. The citizens of this country that read her books should be ashamed of themselves.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Aaron, Philadelphia, PA

    First of all, "traditional Jewish faith" recognizes Jesus as neither a prophet nor a savior, contrary to what Jon in Sacramento might believe. Secondly, Coulter simply seems to have stated one of the fundamental premises of any evangelical (i.e. proselytizing) religion, be it Christianity, Islam (but notably, not Judaism): the world would be better off if everyone believed what we believe. She is certainly an obnoxious person, but anyone who has ever been the subject of an attempted conversion can tell you that many religious people believe something along the lines of what Coulter says. If Salvation is truly what's on the line, how could they believe any differently?

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Waller Smith, Brookline, MA

    As illustrated by the neocons of today, the fast track leads to power and money at the expense of human lives and dignity. For if you have ownership of the absolute certainity of The Truth, you have the right to destroy lives in the name of Yahweh or Jesus or the American Flag.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Michael

    To Jon, Sacramento who states: "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior." For the record – no it doesn't. The prophets are those in the book of Prophets which ends a long time before the Roman conquest of Israel. Jesus doesn't get a mention in Judaism but in any discussion we'd probably class him as yet another false messiah among the dozens of others throughout history. But you can believe what you like. As for Ann Coulter ... huh!?

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. colony14 author

    Lighten up, folks. When people are offended by Coulter's comments, it is either because they have absolutely no sense of humor and irony, or they completely misunderstood what she said.

    Stop the presses! A Christian who believes the world would be better off if everyone were a Christian! At least (modern) Christians attempt to convert people peacefully, unlike the radicals who would slice off your head if you don't submit to Islam and Sharia law. If political correctness requires that we be tolerant of murdering terrorists, should we not also be tolerant of others who want converts to their religion? What religion does NOT preach that everything would be better if only everyone followed it? Exactly what was it Coulter said that is not correct?

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Barbara Baltimore MD

    Her comments are very offensive, not only to Jews but to other non-Christians, but honestly, does anyone pay attention to her?

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. William Bay, Chenango Forks, New York

    Why in the world would Donny Deutsch (or any other media host for that matter), want to interview a person like this who has a history of totally outrageous and immoral remarks. One has to realize that the only interest she(and others like her)has would be towards her own narcissistic tendencies.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Moses

    Ann Coulter did not say anything wrong really. She stated her opinion and even said she believes Jews are going to heaven. She is stating that the Jewish Old Testament is a requirement to follow laws while the New testament is a reliance on what Jesus did. People need to just back off her.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. mneal, New York, NY

    What will it take to remove this vile, hateful person from media outlets? I find it shocking and, frankly, contradictory that Coulter's ideal America would be "tolerant". Tolerance is hardly her hallmark, as is evident from her despicable statements in this transcript.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Joe, Santa Barbara CA

    As a Jew I'd rather live in a xtian America than in an islamo-fascist society. At least Coulter won't behead me for being me.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Jason VanEk

    Surprisingly, Coulter is at least partially right. The Jews do belong in the toilet, along with their prophets and gods. Unfortunately, where she misses the boat is in her opinion of christians, who deserve the second flush of the dumper along with their fake Jew gods and slimy new testament scribes.

    October 11, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Jimmy Lucas, Fenton, New York

    Hasn't anyone ever heard the term "Judeo-Christian"? The Old Testament covers times before Christ...the New Testament covers times after Christ. The very first Christians were Jews that ended up following Christ. Why is this such a mystery for people? It's fundamental to Christianity. If you are a Jew, you don't believe Christ is the Savior, but if you are a Christian, you believe BOTH the Old and New Testaments. There is no mystery to this. This is Christianity 101.

    October 11, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Kelly, Bronxville, NY

    Her words are more dangerous to a free democratic society than any terrorist out there. I am disgraced than she claims to be an American.

    October 11, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    Lighten up, folks. When people are offended by Coulter's comments, it is either because they have absolutely no sense of humor and irony, or they completely misunderstood what she said.

    Stop the presses! A Christian who believes the world would be better off if everyone were a Christian! At least (modern) Christians attempt to convert people peacefully, unlike the radicals who would slice off your head if you don't submit to Islam and Sharia law. If political correctness requires that we be tolerant of murdering terrorists, should we not also be tolerant of others who want converts to their religion? What religion does NOT preach that everything would be better if only everyone followed it? Exactly what was it Coulter said that is not correct?

    October 11, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Mark, Ontario, CA

    She would have made a good nazi.

    October 11, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Elly, Phoenix AZ

    Of course Ann Coulter wants to convert the world to Christianity. Any true follow of Christ would agree that it would make for a better world. I think that her remarks are only shocking because some people think that being politically correct is more important than being honest. She is one of the few people out there that freely speak her mind and I find it very refreshing.

    October 11, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. someone in Connecticut

    Hi, I'm a pefect Jew, Ann. I went to an Ivy League school and Donny Deutsch was in my class (at Penn).

    How basically dare you? You're such an embarassment to this country yet you make suggestions on how it could be better. I think I speak for millions of people when I say:
    Ann, shut up aleady and find a new non-public forum for your warped ideology.

    PS: Hi, Donny!

    October 11, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Jake, Austin, TX

    I'll leave it at this: What a psycho....

    October 11, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. David Palos Verdes

    Is she not responsible for what she says?

    What is really needed is to get fundamentalists like her on to a fast track from mythological fantasy to tangible reality.

    One must look to a mother's death to understand the metaphysical blanket...

    October 11, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Colin, Asheville NC

    Cripes, Ann Coulter must be terrified of not getting mentioned in the media at least every other month.

    "Ann was NOT saying Jewish people or any other faith do not have rights, value, or acceptance." – Jon from CA
    Maybe she wasn't. But she did agree that Judaism should not exist and that Jews are of less value than Christians. Not exactly the values our country was founded on.

    October 11, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Joseph Wilson, Ewing, Virginia

    I think Ann should remember that the Islam is the "perfection" of the Christianity and Judaism.

    October 11, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112