October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
3 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. Kayla, Fort Worth TX

    She obviously knows absolutely nothing about Judaism. She is the one who need to be perfected. If Christians would stop thinking that they aren't responsible for God's law and actually read it and follow it, then they would experience more of God's blessings and peace in their lives. Telling a Jew to become a Christian is like telling the President of Iran to become an American. Christians need to actually read and embrace their Bible and not just pick and choose what they want to follow. The Gospel that is actually written in there is a JEwish Gospel, and if you actually take time to learn and study Judaism, then the whole entire Bible makes sense and comes alive on a different level. This woman is very uneducated, misguided and badly misinformed.

    October 12, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Rockville, MD

    Sam Harris (The End of Faith) says moderate Christians are "enablers" of people like Coulter. When the moderates remain silent on these comments Harris' point is proven.

    October 12, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Dave Sierra Vista Arizona

    Hey Jon in Sacramento – Could YOU be any more of a moron!

    October 12, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Carrie, Yakima, WA

    AC knows exactly what she is saying but the thing is The Truth is offensive if you don't understand it. Since the topic is about Jews, (May God's chosen and most beloved people be blessed for ever!)just look at how the Jews reacted to Jesus himself. Talk about offended! But regardless of how offended you or I may get, Truth is still Truth and we NEED to hear the truth. There is life and freedom in the Truth.

    October 12, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Paul, Austin Tx

    Coulter is the epitome of evil, she is a racist, a bigot, and full of hot air. She needs to go away. How can anyone stand her or support her/him?
    This has nothing to do with "liberals", how about the human race?

    October 12, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  6. Kay Eauno, Dallas, TX

    Take out the two personalities in play. You essentially have a Christian telling a Jew about her perspective on salvific theology? Why is that offensive? The offendee overplayed his hand - he comes off as intolerant against all Christians.

    If you don't believe it, you don't believe it, so move on.

    (And I despise Coulter.)

    October 12, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. Rene', Dallas,TX

    Your comments and thoughts are dangerous, racist and ignorant. Ignorant people breed ingorance... What kind of world do you really want to be a part of, hatred or love of others? Wouldn't Jesus tell you to love your neighbor and live amongst each other with a kind heart and outstreched hand? We should be supporting our peers, not trying to tear people apart. Catholicism is derived from Judism, so without the Jews there would be no Catholics, a made up religion by a man(Paul)that never even met Jesus. Why would anyone want to be a part of a degrading, abusive and supressive religion such as yours? Just look at the history.... You have much to learn..

    October 12, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. Laughing, NYC

    It's funny she even makes the news. She is a professional attention wh0re. Everyone gets all fired up over what she says and she just laughs in the back of her mind at everyone who takes her bait.

    Anyone who even takes this person remotely seriously has already taken her bait hook, line, and sinker.

    October 12, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  9. Kate , New York, NY

    Take her at face value. She says what she believes, and I don't know why anyone would think that she's just trying to stir the pot.

    Her education and background have nothing to do with her (lack of) true character.

    Donny Deutsch is looking for the good in someone where it doesn't exist. He can't fathom that someone who looks mainstream is not in fact mainstream.

    October 12, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  10. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Ann Coulter does more damage to conservatism every time she opens her mouth than a whole term of the Bush presidency ever could. What's worse is she makes people unacquainted with non-left-of-center thought believe everyone on that side of the aisle is like that. Maybe if she shut her flap for a while true academics like Sowell might be heard from for a change.

    October 12, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Kay, Fort Worth, TX

    Ann was correct when she stated the Christians do belive in the Old Testament and that, that we are all sinners, and tat Christ died for the sins of all humanity. However she is very inncorrect in saying that Christians belive that they are perfected...not so. The Bible says that no one is righteous(perfect) except Christ. It's very saddening that Ms Coulter attempts to speak for all Christians. Jesus came to extend love to all mankind. The Bible says that the Jews are God's chosen people and that we should bless them; it's unfortuneate that Ms. Coulter has forgotten this. I hope that people realize that most Christians (who've actually studied the Bible) don't feel as she does.

    October 12, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  12. Kristen L. Eau Claire, WI

    I find it interesting that she describes her dream America as the 2004 Republican National Convention where the convention goers were "Christian, tolerant, and defenders of America." Could you imagine her version of Utopia? A complete lack of alternative lifestyles, religions, and individuality. Because that's what America is all about: Homogeny; (and apparently liberals aren't Christian, tolerant or defenders of America...)

    October 12, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  13. dee ridge upperville, va.

    what are you talking about? law review? what law review? she's illiterate!

    October 12, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. AJ, Bellingham, WA

    The people who're saying "she just has an edgy sense of humor" baffle me. If she didn't actually believe that Jews were an imperfect race/religion, she wouldn't have done so much calculated backtracking.

    "Liberal" attacks mean nothing at this point, even Fox News has started to refuse dealing with her brand of tripe. If she isn't a racist, she's a soulless hack who will say anything to increase book sales.

    Either way, she's an insignificant bug who isn't worth any informed American's ear. I would rather hear about Paris Hilton than Ann Coulter; at least she doesn't put up any illusion as to the extent of which she is poisoning American culture.

    October 12, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. mandy, Chicago IL

    actually, Jon from Sacramento, Judaism doesn't recognize Jesus as a prophet.

    The problem with Coulter's remarks is that she's not speaking as a Christian evangelist, but as a conservative commentator conflating religious practice with political views. People were happy at the Democratic Convention, too, Ann. Everyone's happy when they're in a room full of people who think the way they do. But that's not what this country was founded to be, and it's certainly not the same thing as tolerance.

    October 12, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. Anonymous

    she doesn't have the brains she was born with!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Dustin, Dayton, OH

    To the person who says she has an edgy sense of humor, I say there is nothing at all humorous about her comments. If Don Imus was fired for his comments, she should suffer the same consequences for hers.
    Also, to her comments about how tolerant the right wing Christians are, and how they defend America, that's ridiculous. I'll explain:

    The right wing religious wackos are the ones who are trying to hijack the Constitution by continuously trying to define marriage. First, the purpose of the Constitution is to structure the federal government, NOT to dictate social issues. Second, while mating and procreating is basic human behavior, marriage began as a religious undertaking. Also, one root of anti-gay sentiment can be found in the book of Leviticus, thus making it a religious principle. So, while our nation may have been founded on Judeo-Christian principles, the First Amendment clearly prohibits the government from establishing a religion. So there goes her "Defenders of America" theory. I mean, if you won't defend the Constitution, nothing else matters, because that IS our government.
    Same example for her "tolerance" comments. If you're going to discriminate against gays, which is what that amendment would amount to, you can't call yourself tolerant. Why do we think that we have to meddle in someone else's business. Why can't we just let other people be happy with their choices and their lifestyle?

    Also, on the whole "defenders of America" thing again:
    These are the same people who applauded the Patriot Act. Did you know that law enforcement can search your home secretly, and only inform you after it's been done (if they inform you at all)? What happened to the right to privacy. Everyone is saying that the security it provides is worth it. Do we just abandon these principles because 2,800 people died on one day six years ago? Benjamin Franklin (whom I would hope that ALL Americans have respect for) said, "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."

    Ann Coulter is no doubt educated. However, that does not mean that she is above arrogant, short-sighted, bigoted, groundless statements.

    October 12, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  18. Chris, Wooster, Ohio

    She has the freedom to say what she wishes. Just because you don't agree with it does not mean she should be banned from all media. She is simply stating what she believes. I strongly disagree with liberals on everything, but I think they have every right to their opinions.

    October 12, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. Kenny, Washington DC

    tired.

    October 12, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. Liz, Oakland, CA

    Can we just STOP inviting this women on television? Why does anyone listen to anything she has to say?

    October 12, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Ken, Victoria BC

    Coulter's theology may be rough, but it is truthful. People are often offended by the truth.

    October 12, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. Colleen Webb, Sunrise, Florida

    What if she's right?

    October 12, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. Adam, College Station TX

    Howard Stern is a shock-jock with an edgy, albeit offensive to some, sense of humor. Ann Coulter is an arrogant, ignorant, bigot who likes to hear herself talk. As a Jew, I find her remarks are incredibly offensive and anti-semetic. She clearly demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the old testament. One, however, should not be surprised by such comments as she feels anyone who does not follow her brand of neo-conservative idealism is Godless and has branded widows of 9/11 as oportunistic and money hungry. I suppose one who feels we are all sinners believes it perfectly acceptable to make such ill thought remarks. Additionally, it is Islam that sees Jesus as a prophet NOT Judaism.

    October 12, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. John Evans, Portsmouth, Virginia

    As usual, Coulter flys off the handle to get attention for herself and make the headlines. Much like Bill O'Riley, she takes her own opinion, puts controversial quotes in her interviews, and the media is all over her. I don't know why this is considered news, but I can't say I'm the least bit surprised or angered by this.

    October 12, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. Max M, Charleston, SC

    Don't worry, if this does not spike those book sales, she has a few other quibblets up her sleeve –

    – Declare David Duke a true Christian.
    – Offer a free noose with every autographed book you buy.
    – Suggest that we blow up every mosque in the US to show those smelly bastards that if we cannot get them there we will at least try getting a few here.
    – Declare that the polar ice is melting, not due to global warming, but by all those mexicans eating beans.
    – Post racy videos of herself on You Tube to prove she has no Y chromosomes.
    – Call George Bush our messiah.

    October 12, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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