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. Julie Los Angeles, California

    Easy for her to say, coming from a vampire! Are vampires Christians?

    October 11, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Paul G. Tucker, GA

    Why anyone gives this sad, sick excuse for a human any press contact is beyond me. Why is she still being interviewed?

    October 11, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. ichiro, denver, co

    how ethnocentric. coulter claims christian superiority and deusch singles out judaism and lures her into another anti-semitic charge. ok, deusch, what about the other 30% of america that is non-christian? i am agnostic, her remarks (all of them) are offensive to me. Lets not start the persecution of the Jews rampage again. Until Jews can just chill the heck out, they will continue to be singled out as the whiniest people in history

    October 11, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. S.Latarski, Bardonia, NY

    Please can we stop the "gotcha nonsense." Do not Jews believe they are the Chosen People? Does that belief not denegrate other religions? Ann, blieves Christianity is a progression from Judaism. She's entitled to her belief as are Jews.

    October 11, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. William Lin, San Diego, California

    The sad thing is that many people in this country would agree with Coulter's remarks. You can't have a united country when one part is trying to "perfect" another part.

    October 11, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Scott, Somewhere Over China

    Just because a person is educated does not make them smart. This is the right wing mentality and this kind of thinking is what starts wars. "My religion is better than your religion".

    October 11, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. doug, fairbanks, alaska

    this lady is an idiot..plain and simple..how she is a best selling author is beyond me..talk about the blind leading the blind!!!!

    October 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Michael - Gallatin, TN

    Finally. I've been telling anyone who would listen for the past fifteen years that the Christian Fundamentalists who have reinvented themselves recently as Evangelicals to sound less threatening are actually neo-fascists. Thank you Ann, for throwing off your sheet and proving me right.

    October 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Jayson, Beale AFB, CA

    With all the stupid headlines today you would think that the attempt by congress to condemn the Turkish for a 1915 genocide against the Armenians wasn't a big deal. In fact it is the single biggest pieces of news today internationally for the American people because the implications of this action are huge for our military in Iraq. If the Democrats get there way the most likely ramifications are that we will have to ship our fuel and supplies into Iraq from the south. All this stupidity to condemn actions that took place 90+ years ago makes you wonder why the Democrats consider themselves any more savy on foreign policy then the Republicans....

    October 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Robert Bruckner, New Jersey

    Ann Coulter is an anti-semetic witch! Our country gives her the right to speak her mind. Freedom is precious. The problem is that her words can go further than mine. She has the microphone. I have ther Internet. Diversity and respect are central to the American way of life. I take strong issue with her idea of "perfection." Someone many years ago talked about the "perfect race" and it ended up with 6 million or more Jews dead and millions of Christians dead too! My version of perfection is when we as individuals can live together in peace, show respect for our differences and truly love thy neighbor as thyself. As a Jew, I believe in the Age of the Messiah - that the Messiah has yet to come. I believe that all of us have a duty to make this world a better place. In Hebrew, we call it, "Tikun Olom" or repair the world. Wouldn't it be great if Jews, Christians, Muslims and all other religions could live peacefully. That's my idea of perfection. And, that is what we should strive to get going "on the fast track."

    October 11, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The mentally deficient can be passed through institutions but that doesn't mean that they're educated.It means that social promotion has smeared another college again.Bush went to Harvard and Yale without ever learning to read. Ann coultergeist isn't much smarter nor does she have much command of the english language. Rick Sanchez is far better educated and was hilarious when he couldn't bring himself to repeat her broken english in her book quote. The misuse of an adjective instead of an adverb is a telltale sign of phony diplomas. Notice how she had to resort to a short skirt to hide her mental midgetry and bigotted views? If the republicans think she's smart,you know they weren't listening,only looking and drooling. Which is pathetic because she isn't even good looking.

    October 11, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Etaoin Shrdlu

    Traditional Jewish faith does not recognize Jesus as a prophet. First of all, Judaism doesn't have a single monolithic enforced dogma (like some types of Christianity), and therefore there are as many opinions on religion among Jews as there are Jews in the world. Second, there are Jews who consider Jesus to be a false prophet, who tried to deceive the Jewish people and lead them astray. Third, other Jews consider Jesus to be simply another victim of anti-jewish bigotry and Roman tyranny. Fourth, more importantly, Jewish theology and philosophy utterly reject the idea that proper belief is the key requirement for righteousness. Christians like Coulter may claim that conversion is the ticket to heaven, but Judaism makes no such claim. How you treat your fellow humans, how you act is more important than what you merely belief. Finally, Judaism utterly rejects the concept of "original sin", so belief in Jesus (or anyone else) is not needed for "salvation". There's nothing for us to be saved from. We are judged by our own deeds, not by the sin of a mythic ancestor.

    October 11, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. paperfrog

    Well, these views aren't that outrageous: they're standard Christian belief. Politely put, actually.

    I don't agree with her - I think Christianity is a bunch of hokum. But her remarks are not particularly notable, not are they any more anti-semitic than mainstream Christian doctrine.

    October 11, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. JG, B, MD

    To Jon From Sacramento – I need to correct something you said – traditional Jewish faith absolutely DOES NOT recognize Jesus as a prophet at all. He may have been a kind and good person, he may have been smart and wise, but according to Jewish tradition he most definitely was not a prophet.

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Concerned

    I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for – Ann or the interviewer. Ann because she could not articulate clearly the Christian truth of salvation or the interviewer who was appalled at the Christian's religious position. There are many educated people who lack basic theological understanding.

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. D.Weil, San Francisco

    so what's so different from Don Imus. At least Imus was trying to be funny. Hope there is similar outrage.

    d weil
    San Francisco

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Gary, Austin, TX

    Funny, I think we're perfect, as is!

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    why should she not be outcasted the way Imus was for his remarks. This is quite a double standard. Her comments about women alone should cause a cease to her career. She is DONE.

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Anie, Anchorage, Alaska

    Wow. People actually believe this stuff? Wasn't Christ a Jew? She says the 2004 RNC had happy, TOLERANT people – wonder what happened to them all . . . .

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    The ability of this woman to make a statement like this and not see the arrogance in it, tells me that she is DANGEROUS as she is part of the system, not a fringe. For Republicans NOT to denounce such ignorant statments I hope will assure their demise come the elections.

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Lee, Montreal, Quebec

    I'm glad Ms. Coulter is finally being outed for what she really is. An ignorant rah-rah girl who just happens to have a big yap. Being Canadian probably doesn't give me much clout when criticizing one of your own, but her views, comments and ideas just seem to have absolutely no value.

    As for Mr. Deutsch's comment about her being too educated for such beliefs, touché my friend!!

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Paul, Vienna VA

    While I normally can't stand Ann Coulter what she said is not shocking or even controversial. How could one profess to be a Christian without hoping that Jews would accept the Christian faith?

    October 11, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Josh, Marquette, Michigan

    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.

    This should actually read, "if everyone WERE Christian." It's called the subjunctive, people, come on.

    October 11, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. ann ty coulter, Santa Cruz, CA (where all folks are cool)

    CALUUULESS! Why is she given any time on the air of any show at all? She's an idiot!

    October 11, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Sternberg, Mauldin, SC

    She has made a better standard of living for herself than most of us ever will by saying outrageous things.

    October 11, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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