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."
As a Christian myself I find personal offense that she assumes to speak for all Christians. Ann Coulter is only one step away from the same fanatical mentality that drives the Jihadists, only a little more polite.
The saddest part of Coulter's remarks is that they reflect the prevailing view of most Christians that I know. Most are arrogant and think that they have no obligations toward anyone as long as they spout the words, "I accept Jesus as my savior." This baloney helps the evangelists get rich and was the same motivation that the ancient church had for selling tickets to heaven. Garbage!
I am a born-again Christian who was raised conservative. Now I am basically universalist, no hell-everybody goes to "heaven". What Coulter is saying is exactly what most evangelical Christians believe. Most are probably tactful and not saying it often, but her words are not unusual. She thinks she extending grace to Jews. Obviously her religion is very narrow, petty and totalitarian, like her politics.
What an ugly shrew. Can everyone please stop paying attention to her?
Thank you Bob from Medina, you put it more succinctly than anyone yet. We don't need to waste more time on that raging bi'yatch.
She is correct in saying that Christ died for our sins but she is incorrect in assuming that that action has removed our accountability for our sins. Christians have to follows laws just as much as Jews do.
I'm tired of aLL this political
May–be the wHite christians can
colonize Mars and leave this planet
to be trashed by all these screwed-up
religions and piss–AnT ethic groups..
By the way,,, I'm not religious,,
Religion is bunch of crap,..just like
Ms. Coulter is a desperate attention seeker. Thankfully that is not what all Christian Republicans believe. Put a sock in it, Ann!
Wow, Chris Rock was right. It went from accepted racism for foreigners, then the French, then illegal aliens... Jews and African Americans are next. Any day now, huh? Well, here it is. He was right: That train is NEVER late, is it?
Then again, come on, folks. It's Coulter. This was not all that surprising.
I must say that she should have chosen her words more carefully – unless she really believes what she said. As a believer in the Bible as God's Word and Jesus as the Christ, one must acknowledge Jewish heritage – Jesus was a Jew – and the Jewish people as the chosen people of God. There is no 'fast track'. There is only one way to God for both Jew and non-Jew.
As a Jew I can not say that I am offended or surprised by this point of view. It is what most Christians believe and as Jews we have to be open to other religious points of view without being offended and crying antisemitism every time someone makes a atatement about their faith and beliefs. Mr.Deutsch is a good example of the insular nature of the jewish population today in not really understanding the beliefs of Chrstians today and not really wanting to when all this information is availabe at their fingertips. Thus the disbelief..or ignorance on our part.
No one religion has or should have a monopoly on beliefs as long as the beliefs do not impinge on the rights of others.
I thought all people have the freedom of speech and religion in the USA.
The problem here is not Ann Coulter...but religious fundamentalism in our own country. Her statements display the incompatability of belief that any fundamentalist religion encounter when compared to other religous practices.
However, if an atheist said america would be better off without belief in God, Ann and her contemporaries would attack him as a philisitine, a soulless evil Communist.
The right will ignore or downplay this statement, and the left wont give her the beating she deserves...so Coulter gets to go on poisoning the media in this country with her hackish, uninformed (or false) and inane chatter.
The real sad thing here is millions of Americans are as intolerant, bigoted and as stupid as she is.
As a life long Christian I am offended and troubled with Ms. Coulter's comments. Her views are not of Christianity. They are more aligned with views of the English during the crusades. Convert or else. This is dangerous, and helps the rest of the country confirm their beliefs that Chrisitianity is lip service. She has a right to voice her views, but next time maybe she should do what the Bible says, go in a closet, shut the door and talk to God one on one.
I'm sorry. I have a real hard time thinking of Ann Coulter and her followers as 'perfected' anything....
every religious loser just needs to be rounded up and led into a boiling hot volcano so they can go to the heaven they so much belive in and leave the rest of us alone.
I just can't believe that she continues to represent a body of people who are good and decent with such views. Having her to be a part of any political discourse from here on would be as bad or worse than having Don Imus say what he said. She is no better, and those who allow her to continue are just the save
This is a perfect example of the train wreck we come to expect out of these "conservative commentators." They are total shock jocks. Michael Savage, O'Reiley, Coulter...etc have all said things morally offensive to a group of people or just plain stupid. In a world with so many issues, these people have the time to playcate the masses by allowing us to call them racists, bigots, or whatever else we can use to define them. This however crosses a line that was drawn in the 30s and 40s. You never single out a group of people like that. Whether they be christian, jew, muslim, buddist or any other religion on the market. If it were up to persons like her she would personnaly crusade for the eradication of all non christians. Pull an IMUS on her. Better yet send her to Isreal with a tv camera for a year. Let her try to convert the people in the holy land and have some real must see tv.
You guys are just pissed because what it all comes down to...is that you don't accept Jesus as the Messiah..Even when he fullfilled every prophecy written in the old testament about him hundreds and thousands of years before he was born. One of the prophecies is that he will be rejected by his own people, which is exactly what I am seeing here...
Why, I wonder, do we still allow her to be on any of the news media? I guess I understand why she is on FOX; but otherwise, she ought not be on TV. Everything that comes out of that woman's mouth is a waste of air. She will continue being offensive and ignorant until people (news media) stops putting her on the air, and people stop buying and supporting her book.
Go visit Israel. Only 60% of population are religious, but almost 100% jew. go figure. Its not a religion, its an ethnicity thus herein lies the problem and the great lie. So the young lady student complaining about "Christian" holidays? Get more education, Halloween is not about Christianity. Most of the comments on this blog have made the same confused interpretation. Bob from Pennsylvania is correct. Read it again.
Though I generally find that Coulter's remarks are far from unbiased, I think that her efforts here at explaining her personal religious views is realistic and unoffensive. I'm a Christian, you're a Jew: ask me if I think you missed the mark and I'll tell you yes. Otherwise, I'd be Jewish. This is a rare occasion where Coulter actually tries not to be offensive.
wooohooo! Coulter is now officially and irrevocably a charter member of the nutjob squad! let's run this babe for president!
Unfortunately the skank is getting exactly what she wants here...attention. Too bad my true description of her was already used in a number of posts (see Bob from Ohio). You can bet she'll be on Faux News w/ her buddies O'Reilly and Hannity real soon. They'll throw her some softball questions and let her not answer except with her usual ridiculous rationalizations AND turn it into a Liberal hate fest
What the ugly bone bag deserves is to go the Capital and treat all her GOP buddies to a "good time."
Martin in Austin, Texas: Your comments are extremely anti-Christian. How can you possibly be offended at what Ann said, when you yourself are throwing the same hateful religious labels. I guess you view it acceptable to be a bigot as long as you're not the victim. To say that she has no sense of right or wrong because she is a Christian is extremely hypocritical. Shame on you, for you are no better!
I can only imagine the parenting this woman received – her folks must be so proud, "oh you remember my daughter, the racist/bigot/zeolot?"