October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
12 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. aura veirs


    October 12, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Catherine Madden,Ft. Myers,Florida

    The proper expression is "Completed Jews", not perfected. Many who have converted to Christianity have said there are readings in the Old Testament which have led them to the decision to believe that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah. As a Catholic, I'm sorry Ms. Coulter made such a brash statement. My Jewish son-in-law frequently tells me I'm a Jew.
    As for Jerry Falwell, in the early 70's he made the statement that "God doesn't hear the prayers of the Jews." What total nonsense for anyone who has really studied our base.

    October 12, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Derek, albuquerque new mexico

    What another thick skulled republican. Pretty disgusting if you ask me.

    October 12, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. William S., NY, NY

    Dear "Servant of God".

    Jesus is not God. So there.

    You are free to say and believe what you want, but I am free to believe you are a nut case for believing in magical things that don't exist. Would you like it if people who think like I do were on TV day and night talking about what a nut case you are for believing what you do? I don't think you would. If someone objects to a nativity scene in a public place you probably flip out. I suggest you prepare for a backlash. We non-Christians are sick of you and your self-righteous nonsense. Keep it to yourself.

    October 12, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Joe, Achorage AK

    This is a shock somehow? In her book Godless, she lists Joe Sobran as one of her "magnificent friends" (p. 303). In case you don't know who he is, he was fired from the National Review for anti-Semitism.

    October 12, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Jesus

    Dear Ann,

    Your membership has been revoked. Please stop claiming to be a Christian.


    October 12, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. todd austin, tx


    Darling, sometimes your words make a ton of sense and are right....Other times they are just stupid and serve no purpose. This recent example is a case in point for wrong and stupid.


    October 12, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. LOUWEEZY, Chicago

    Wow, now the screaming lunatics are chiming in in her defense. Ann C'ter never ceases to amaze me. What I want to know is if she really means what she says or if she's just trying to keep herself in the public eye. Because honestly, she's like the Nazi's that always like to rally in Skokie(IL), no one takes them seriously, because they are a joke, & they only do it because they know it will pi*s people off. Maybe if we ignore them both,they'll just go away.

    October 12, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Ray. Orange County, CA

    Frankly, attempting to claim that her utterly moronic statments are nothing other than an attention-grabbing ploy ignores the bigger picture. It strains credulity that anyone would actually spew this garbage on national television if the person didn't actually mean what he or she was saying. Is it worth the obvious embarassment it brings to the Republican Party? Does it make the far Right look better to moderates? Let's face it. She's espousing what she actually believes, and there's no other subterfuge involved. She's a bigot who inxexplicably keeps being granted airtime, and it's high-time she was silenced.

    October 12, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Leslie Griffith Saguache Colorado

    Ann Coulter's comment "No, we think — we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say." proves she is a truly dangerous person. She is an embarrassment to womankind.

    October 12, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. bryan

    Why do you think people have come up on stage when she speaks and throw pies in her face. Why do you think she has to have giant security everywhere she goes.

    She had better watch herself when offending people, there are allot of people out there that wil not tolerate the hate she is spewing.

    Should we expect anything but lies and trash from her, after all she is a HUGE BUSH FAN....

    October 12, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Sharron, Texas

    WOW. I'm so glad someone has the guts and speak up for Christianity. I agree with all of you. People take someone's comments and twist the meaning until it's so backwards and meaningless. I cannot believe Deutsch was asking her opinion then saying he was offended when it's obvioulsy the plain truth. LOL Don't you all think it's funny that he asked how the world looked in her dreams, then he acted like she was trying to convince people to really change this way? Christianity has been pushed out of America so far that when someone speaks the truth about it, it is taken as a blow. I aplaud her, and all you for supporting it. God, help the U.S. and send us another Repub!!

    October 12, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jonas Landau

    Why she gets taken seriously by anyone is amazing. I think there's too many channels and too much time to fill. By the way, Either all religion sucks or the morons who've corrupted it suck. Hmmm...

    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. L. M. Gray, Austin, Texas

    The amazing thing about this matter, is it happened on a day when Turkey blasts the US for the Resolution just out of Committee recognizing the genocide by Muslims in Turkey of at least 1.5 million Christian Armenians in 1915 and 1916. I hear no Jewish voices raised in support of the recognition of that holocaust, nor do I hear any Muslim voices raised in recognition of that horrible act or their role in the killing of so many Armenians. Even our Ambassador to Turkey at that time warned our President what was happening, and the response – nothing! So 1.5 million Christians have no meaning to the Jews and the Muslims of this Country or the rest of the world? Praise whomever!

    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Leo, LA,CA

    For some of you saying that non-christians should be as tolerant of christians as any other religion. The reason a lot of people are not tolerant of religion is because a lot, not just christian (but mostly), like to shove their religion in their face. They also like to come to your houses and try to "save" us. Well the fact is they should keep their belief to themselves on that note, because it's invasion of privacy. It's my home, maybe I don't want to hear your beliefs in my own home. So yes a lot of people have become intolerant. But can you really wonder why? If I wanted to be saved, I'd go to church. If I wanted to have your beliefs I'd go to your church. But NoONE and I do mean NOONE should try to force their religion on people like a lot of people try to do. So it's not that I really care. Honestly I think everyone has the right to their own religions. But I do think they shouldn't try to force others to it.

    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Michael San Francisco, CA

    mhm, and Muslims consider themselves perfected Christians, so would Ms. Coulter suggest we should all be praying to Allah? It'd sure go a long way to 'make things easier,' as they say...

    October 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Eddie, Mansfield NJ

    You are a "NUT" and should be cracked as nuts are. When are you going to keep your big trap shut and get out of everybody's business.

    October 12, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Nathan Columbus Ohio

    To all Christians: By Ann saying everyone should be Christian and you agree with her, you are pushing the world back to the Inquisition. Thousands of people were tortured because they didn't believe in the Christian God. You might be forcing us all the way back to the Crusades, when Christians of Europe went into the Middle East to kill anyone that wasn't Christian. Do you remember a study that was done on racism years ago? In this filmed experiment, someone in power (in this case a school teacher) said to the class something like "Brown haired people are bad. The are evil and stupid." At the next recess, the brown haired kids were picked on mercilessly, even beat up. The next day, the teacher said someother group was bad (I think it was blue eyed people), and THEY were picked on and beat up. The point I'm trying to make is this: if someone in power says a particular group (religion or race) is bad...and enough people believe it....fighting will follow shortly.
    I'm all for religion, don't get me wrong. But people as a whole must be able to pick what religion "feels right" to them. If they are forced into something, people WILL rebel. Kinda like being forced to wear shoes that are too tight....for years. Don't tell me that your religion is THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH, because religion is just a set of BELIEFS. You believe it is the truth, but no one has absolute proof that what you believe is true. And don't tell me your proof is that the bible was written by God....because even the old testament was written decades (if not centuries) after Christ....by mere humans. Maybe they thought they were getting a phone call from God...who knows now. Don't force your truth on me, and I won't force my foot up your....whatever body part is handy.

    October 12, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Matt, Albany, GA

    Anyone who is religous should feel some duty of converting others to their religion. Otherwise, do they really believe?

    It's funny how VEHEMETLY some people reacted to this. Is it because she's a European-American Christian?

    October 12, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. John, Raleigh NC

    As a "Gentile-believer" (Christian) who understands that my faith was totally born out of Judaism, it saddens me to read the not so veiled comments from the Christian and Jewish readers. My wife is Jewish, and 6 years ago came to believe that Yeshua was the Messiah. We now worship in a Hebrew-Christian community (not Jew for Jesus). They are all followers of Jesus, have Torah readings, celebrate the High Holidays, etc. It is not about Jew, Gentile, but sin. Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi, the spoken of in Isaiah 53 (and many other parts of the Tanakh) came a the savior for ALL. Ann's choice of words were unfortunate. The choice of words that many have chosen to write are unfortunate. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, through His Sonm WILL have the last word. I pray for Ann, and everyone else who has been hurt by her comments.

    October 12, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. ray barrone

    when one of his disciples asked Jesus why he talked in parables and illustrations he answered : because it is not for them to understand but for you,then he explained the illustration. the bible will never be understood by anybody or satin only his true followers. so ann doesnt know anything!!!

    October 12, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Rob, Phoenix, AZ

    Ann Coulter makes perfect sense to an objective listener. Everyone thinks their own religion is the 'true' way, so for her to say anything else would be dishonest or show a lack of faith. She's obvioulsy not saying that people of other religions should be killed or whatever. She's simply stating the obvious: She believes in her religion above all others. As does every other practicer of any religion.

    October 12, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. harold ft collins colorado

    This girl is Weird. She would have done well in the 30's and 40's in Germany. What propels her to this noble enhancement of Civilization to the Master Plan she has in mind?

    Her ideas were deposed with War Two. Now we have her noble concern for humanity. Is she one of the priviledged to have health Care in America?

    October 12, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Kim, Saugus MA

    Get over it !!

    Ann messed up in her communication but I understand where she was going with it...

    1) Jesus was a Jew
    2) The Jews rejected Jesus
    3) The Bible States, "No one can come to the father execept through Him [Jesus]"
    4) The Jews rejection of Jesus opened salvation up to the Gentiles - Thank you!
    5) Bad choice of words regarding "Perfection". Should have stated "Lost Opportunity"

    In the Big Picture, what really matters is that we need LESS Christians and MORE Disciples!

    Check out this Great Article!


    October 12, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Matt, Albany, GA

    "Ann Coulter is in dire need of a prescription for Prozac or maybe a good dose of Reality…

    Posted By Mike, Huntington Beach, CA : October 11, 2007 7:09 pm"

    Wow, drug someone because of their beliefs, how American, Mike!

    "Coulter is probably the one behind the recent racist and antisemitic acts at Columbia University. She has aged quite a bit in a short time; she is beginning to look a lot like Dick Cheney.

    Posted By Adrienne Katonah NY : October 11, 2007 10:18 pm"

    Wow, the old one-two from NY!

    "Why is it when a christian explains what christainity is their labled intolerant?All religions believe in something,but,when a christian speaks of the Bible(over 2000 yrs old)everyone gets judgemental?Why out of every religion does JESUS offend people?

    Posted By Teresa : October 11, 2007 10:20 pm"

    A voice of reason!

    October 12, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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