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. Paul, Claremont, CA

    To Jon from Sacramento who said "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    That is completely false. Jews do not consider jesus a prophet. Jews believe prophecy ended with the latter prophets of the Tanakh (Old Testament.)

    October 11, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Neil,Hilton Head,S.C.

    I think Ann Coulter needs to re read the U.S. Constitution. I believe there is a slight mention about FREEDOM OF RELIGION..All Religions...She is, in my opinion, making blondes seem really dumb. Maybe blondes should insist that she be 'perfected' and dye her hair a different color.

    October 11, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Carle, A2, MI

    How 'bout throwing organized religion out completely....it's all crap and has done nothing but create problems through out history.

    October 11, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Darron, Plano Texas

    Sooooo, Ann Coulter holds the belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...

    And so all the Jews should believe what she believes because it makes sooo much sense? then again the Jews beliefs are just as strange and unbelievable. Right along with the Muslims.... I yearn for the day when religion is a non-issue, or rather, non-existent.

    October 11, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Gene G. Fayetteville, PA

    Oh my god, if Christians believe that Jews are imperfect and the Christians are the true/saved people, then perhaps the (radical) muslims are right to try to kill us all since they believe that they are the tru/saved people. No wonder they hate us. I wish to resign as a Christian if that is what we believe.

    October 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Mike Gomez Whittier, California

    Why are we surprised by Coulter's remarks? If the Christian right had it their way, they would force our schools, our government, our states, our businesses, and our families to become mindless clones like them.

    Coulter is a fascist; let's call her what she really is, and she's one ugly and freightening human being. Her education is irrelevant; many so called smart people are haters and bigots!! I say we wake up and see Coulter and her white conservative agenda for what it is. 2 plus 2 is not five. Orwell warned us about people like Bush and Coulter!!!

    October 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Ed, Woodland Hills, Ca

    Why does anyone care what Ms Coulter says? She should be ignored. Every time she opens her mouth, the media go: "Oh!! Look what Ann said now!". She is laughing at the media and the people who care what she says all the way to the bank.

    October 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Kevin ,Florida

    I believe Coulter is not like that at all, she just puts on an act to get attention to her self..., but if shes really like that someone needs to kick her a** good and proper! (CNN POST THIS COMMENT)

    October 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Josh Ganeles, Cary, NC

    "let the liberals commence attacking her" .... what a great way to brush it off, Jon.

    Could it possibly be that Mr. Deutsch was not thinking that other religions don't have rights, but rather he was offended that this woman believes herself and other Christians to be BETTER than him, and better than anyone else in the world?!

    It seems that this assumption of "My God is bigger than your God" is one of many reasons for people feeling so divided these days.

    How are we to unify or come together when you have sides saying, "we can unify, as long as you agree that I am right, and you're not as good as I am."?

    Nobody wants anything to do with the kid who constantly chants, "I'm better than youuuu, nya nya nyanya nya."

    Ann Coulter doesn't need defending. She needs to be ignored. Enough of her and any others who feel they what THEY believe is right, and anything else is wrong. Go read about the murderers who blow themselves up in public places to kill as many as possible because they don't believe the same things as themselves. Shes no terrorist, but she does more harm than good everytime she opens her mouth.

    October 11, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Sonia, Los Angeles


    October 11, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Kris Smith, Sacramento, California

    Ann Coulter is a hateful,self-absorbed, hypocritical, rude, crude, tasteless, and ugly excuse for a human being. The world does not need to hear anything this moron has to say. Educated? It doesn't seem so.

    October 11, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Christian, Tampa FL

    As a Christian, I want to implore the rest of the world not to judge the faith by what Coulter says.

    We are far more tolerant and accepting than she makes us out to be. No real Christian thinks we're "perfected" anything; we're human like everyone else. We are simply comforted by the knowledge of our salvation, and genuinely wish the same joy and love that we feel to be felt by everyone, but not through any sort of coercion, fear, or anything like that.

    October 11, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. William Marut, Glastonbury, CT

    Ann who?

    October 11, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. R.A. Fried, Portland, Maine

    Scratch a contemporary Republican, find a proto-fascist underneath.

    October 11, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Noah, Menlo Park CA

    I propose an even exchange:

    I'll convert – letting jesus into me.

    And she can let me put a little jew into her.

    October 11, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Evan, Victoria, Canada

    Ms. Coulter is simply being honest about what EVERY religious person believes on some level: that his/her religion is the best; i.e. somehow superior to all others. This belief is an inherent logical necessity; if people didn't think their religion was better than others they wouldn't believe in it.

    October 11, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Orlando, New York

    Someone must have a new book coming out....

    October 11, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. schwartzman

    and imus was fired..............

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. D. Stein, Westminster, Colorado

    When Deutsch responded, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" Coulter said "Yeah."

    My guess is that Ann is using "Old" version of the dictionary. Here's the "New" version of the word tolerant:


    1. Showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. mb, nyc

    And she gets paid for this!! I'm in the wrong business.

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Sushen Thiyagarajan

    This is digusting... Deutsch was totally right....

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Bronx, NY

    Let us not underestimate the sphere of her influence. She is dangerous and should be monitored closely

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Kevin, Arlington, VA

    I didn't particularly like Leni Riefenstahl the first time around. I can't say I care much for the sequel, either.

    October 11, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Leigh, San Francisco, CA

    I'd love to see what Bill O' has to say about this, since he's MY beacon of truth in all things "fair and balanced."

    October 11, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. Rev. Chuck Currie, Portland, Oregon

    There is nothing Christian about Coulter's comments.

    Rev. Chuck Currie

    October 11, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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