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. Nicholas von Oehringen, Philadelphia, PA

    Hey Jon in Sacramento,

    You are TOTALLY MISINFORMED. Jews do not consider Jesus a prophet or a savior. Jesus is not part of the religious or philosophical beliefs of the Jews at all. Jews believe that the Five Books of Moses are the end all and be all of what God transmitted to mankind for all eternity. No additons, no addendums, no amendments.

    October 11, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Barbara Camp Hill PA

    Hey Jon, you might want to ask a Jew what they believe about Jesus, because they certainly don't believe him to be a prophet. What they do believe about him I won't write here, but ask a Jew and make sure they don't skate around the answer. They don't believe in any prophets too far past Moses.

    Ann Coulter can say a lot of crap about everyone, but when she throws "Jew" into the mix...why NOW she's in hot water!

    Funny how that works.

    October 11, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Selena, Apex, NC

    If we all ignore her, she will eventually go away.

    October 11, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. David, San Diego, CA

    I can't wait to go to Heaven so I can spend eternity with people like Ann :)

    Wait a sec ... would that be Heaven or Hell?

    October 11, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Frank Casry, Leander, Texas

    First off, how and why does anyone care about this one's ideology??? Her smirking, condescending, authoritative demeanor is nearly impossible to withstand regardless of what she is actually trying to convey.I have noticed some people have mastered the art of becoming famous for this exact reason. Howard Cosell comes to mind for some reason, but I could be way out of line. I hope he wasn't Jewish. Anyway, this kind of fecal ridden cantor is one of the last thing "We The People" appreciate being subjected to, by the media supposed run by the Jews Ms. Coulter apparently despises. Maybe that means she will just vanish off the airwaves.I wonder if anybody has introduced her to Rosie, because they look and sound perfect for each other. Sincerely, an angry christian.

    October 11, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Coach Haughton NH

    This makes you want to say that you hate republicans...but this woman doesn't represent all republicans.

    Just use your objective liberal thinking and know that her comments are misguided...pandering to her readers...and a bit dillusional.

    October 11, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. David Murray,

    Ann is partially right, but misses the truth in a critical way. A person of the Jewish faith cannot go to heaven, since they by definition reject the only one who can turn God's wrath away from them. The Pharisees were certainly of that faith, and the Lord Jesus told them that they were of their father, the devil. Jesus also declared in no uncertain terms that he is the *only* way to get to the Father, i.e. to heaven: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through me." He also said elsewhere that whoever believes in the Son of God is not condemned, but that whoever does not believe in him is condemned already. If this is anti-Semitism, then Jesus (and thus God himself) is anti-Semitic. However, as Paul clarified in his epistles, they are not true Jews who are Jews outwardly, but rather all those who are of the faith of Jesus are the Israel of God. These are the ones God loves, and for whom Jesus died, and who have no need to fear God's wrath. The rest, including those in the Jewish religion, have only the prospect of God's wrath abiding on them.

    Is this popular? No. Would I ever say it? No, not if it weren't the clear teaching of Scripture. God says it, and that settles it. I just believe it.

    October 11, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. dave, san jose, ca

    Jon:

    Jews do not recognize Jesus as a prophet. He was just some dude.

    Your remark about that is about as enlightened as your suggestion that the "liberals" will now "commence attacking her."

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Randy -Austin, TX

    That woman is an absolute JOKE! Why do people continue to give her a platform to spew forth this ridiculous rhetoric? I hope the Jewish community will drag her through the mud on this, and maybe (finally) she will just fade away into obscurity.

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Ryan, Columbus Ohio

    Craaaaaazy.

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Stwve,Atlanta, Ga.

    The constitution failed by not including an * after the freedom of speech section that states freedom of opinion will not be allowed if it contains ugly hurtful language. There should always be a line in the sand and crossing over should never be tolerated. Couler did and should have been politely asked to leave. She not only insulted Jews but all fair minded thinking human beings.

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Ian, Nashville, TN

    "Just like the 2004 Republican National Convention...tolerant...."

    If by "tolerant" she means "tolerant of straight, white 'Christian' Republicans" then she's right on the money. The very idea that she could place herself in a group of people labeled as "tolerant" is a disgusting affront to all things decent. She's a hateful biggot, plain and simple, and she once again stains and debases the most basic tenets of Christianity, as do other "good Christians" like Bill O'Reilly (the misogynistic, sexually harassing racist) and Rush Limbaugh (the perfect example of one who embraces the 'sanctity' of marriage).

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. John Mattoon, Illinois

    Ann Coulter is "crazy like a fox". (Except she is not a "fox" in the street sense of the word). She wants to sell books; she wants to appear on more talk show t.v. She is a female Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly. I blame the producers who are willing to pay her to spout her hate. She wants the money and publicity; they want the ratings. Deutsch had to know something outrageous would come of this appearance and he wanter ratings. Television is sick.

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Alan, Arlington, VA

    Ann Coulter is an edgy, controversial, masterful orator... like Adolf Hitler.

    October 11, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Greg B. Cape Coral, FL

    This is in response to Jon, Sacramento of Calif. I agree with you that Ann Coulter is "a conservative shock-jock." But it is so disappointing to see an another incredibly intelligent person and fantastic speaker paralleled with those who are Christian and those who are not. The Ann Coulter’s of the world are not very skillful at hiding behind their own hypocrisy.

    October 11, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. David Murray, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Ann is partially right, but misses the truth in a critical way. A person of the Jewish faith cannot go to heaven, since they by definition reject the only one who can turn God's wrath away from them. The Pharisees were certainly of that faith, and the Lord Jesus told them that they were of their father, the devil. Jesus also declared in no uncertain terms that he is the *only* way to get to the Father, i.e. to heaven: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through me." He also said elsewhere that whoever believes in the Son of God is not condemned, but that whoever does not believe in him is condemned already. If this is anti-Semitism, then Jesus (and thus God himself) is anti-Semitic. However, as Paul clarified in his epistles, they are not true Jews who are Jews outwardly, but rather all those who are of the faith of Jesus are the Israel of God. These are the ones God loves, and for whom Jesus died, and who have no need to fear God's wrath. The rest, including those in the Jewish religion, have only the prospect of God's wrath abiding on them.

    Is this popular? No. Would I ever say it or believe it? No, not if it weren't the clear teaching of Scripture. God says it, and that settles it. I just believe it.

    October 11, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Vince, Visalia, CA

    I love to watch Coulter's adam's apple bob up and down when she talks. Just follow the bouncing adam's apple!

    October 11, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Mar, Uki, Finland

    I want to invite Ann Coulter to come to Finland so I can interview her. Ann, will you come here? I want to ask you about perfected jews and how you think we should go about that? I want to know what Ann thinks about the Holocaust. Do you have any plans to perfect my Heathen friends here, Ann? Maybe you should just stay home. You say stupid things enough without drinking any Vodka.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Ronnie, Atlanta, GA

    C'mon guys! Let's remember this is the Morph Queen. She's the little kid who can't get attention for doing anything worthwhile and quickly learns that negative behavior gets everyone's attention. And it works! And then she writes another book! And now I'm part of the problem because I'm taking time to comment on her! Oh, but Donny, Donny, Donny – if Ann Coulter screams in the forest does anyone hear her? Why
    give her the platform she so craves. I'm confident your ratings are just fine without Tokyo Ann. If Bill Maher has cut her off at the knees so can you my friend, my landsman.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Bob, Palmerton PA

    I just love the right, the more they talk to more voters defect.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Drew. Unionville, CT

    And if we were all Christian I suppose she would begin to espouse that some Christians are more Christian than others. It never ends.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Nancy, Chicago IL

    The only way to shut up ridiculous people like her is to ignore her. She's the Britney Spears of politics... one big joke.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Dustin Jones, Fort Wayne, IN

    Although I, as a Christian, believe that the Jewish prophecies find fulfillment in Jesus as the Messiah, I don't particularly like the way Ann Coulter comes across. She seems like a fairly hate-filled, distraught woman, and some of her comments make me wonder if she's really a Christian herself.

    Although Jesus brought a new covenant, He was (and I believe, still is) a Jew. He fulfilled the Jewish laws and paid the once-and-for-all sacrifice for us to become holy before God. Nevertheless, He loves the Jewish people, and all true Christians should care about the Jews as well.

    October 11, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Beverly, Hillsboro, Oregon

    Wow! As a Christian, I am alarmed at the fact that people continue to give voice and space to Religious Extremists who do so much harm to both religion and politics. It is the worst thing that ever happened for both. I pray that the people reading this realize that no one, not Coulter, not Falwell, nor our President himself can or should attempt to speak for, use or manipulate Christians or Christianity, let alone speak for God Himself. I wonder if Ann has ever heard of having a "personal" relationship with Jesus. God help us all.

    October 11, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Phil

    I'm Christian,

    Ann Coulter doesn't speak for me. I hope that people are smart enough to seperate her comments from ours.

    This must be how blacks feel about Al Sharpton.

    October 11, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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