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. Ben Jacobsen

    Mann Coulter knows nothing about this topic for anyone who thinks being a Christian is easy, is an idoit. I didn't even have to read the rest. She needs to crawl back in her cave. I know for a fact she has never read the bible, I've never have seen any burn markings on her hands.

    October 11, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Sean, Miami, FL

    First of all in response to Jon from Sacramento. Traditional Judaism does NOT recognize jesus as a prophet. Do some more research next time. Secondly, yes part of the christian religion is the idea that all people should accpet jesus as their savior, which means that they believe that all people should convert to christianity. I'm not shocked at all by what she said, but more by the fact that she was stupid enough to say it publicly.

    October 11, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. Douglas Park

    I can't believe how illogical some of you folks are! Coulter is simply laying out the beliefs of Christianity. How does that make her intolerant, crazy, or anything else other than a Christian explaining the central tenant of Christianity: that Jesus was the final sacrifice for mankind, that he is mankind's savior.

    As a non-Christian, I don't happen to subscribe to that theology, but there's nothing wrong with her explaining it, albeit in a lighthearted, humorous sort of manner.

    She absolutley DID NOT call for the elimination of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc., she simply said they should accept Jesus as sovior.

    Intolerant and stupid? I think not. Brownshirt? Hardly. Deluded? Probably so, but no more so than the followers of most other religions who claim to have the 'truth" about the afterlife.

    October 11, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. a.s, baltimore md

    i dont think she said anything wrong. Noone can say what they beleive anymore, especially if those beliefs are against jews or blacks.

    October 11, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Spoken like the true racist that she is!!! But hey this is America so its ok for her to say that....sad

    October 11, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. AV

    What on earth is Ann Coulter thinking? What was she thinking when she said this?

    I have no respect for Ann Coulter. None.

    October 11, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Pam, Long Beach, CA

    Jon of Sacramento says she has an edgy sense of humor? Yikes! And that liberals will attack her because of the scummy things she says. Yeah, I'm not a liberal and I think she's a jerk and an idiot and has no sense of humor other than being vicious and stupid and if you weren't a jerk yourself, you'd see that. You people think only you people should exist. Hmmm...lots in common with other supremists.

    October 11, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Beth, Winnetka, Illinois

    Ann Coulter is a despicable person who does nothing but spread ill-will and ignorance. She has no place in respectable media. She's just another vile, hate spewing attention seeking idiot. How did the bar get so low?

    October 11, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Rolls, Brooklyn New York

    Psycho's like this are what's the problem with this world. This type of talk isn't any different from Osama bin schmuck, saying he want's everyone to convert to islam, because this after all is the only religion that counts. Hum, makes one wonder.. Extreme religion's are all the same nonscence.

    To sin is to break these so-called rules/laws, and its prefectly of to go to chruch and prey and ask for forgivness and everything is just supposed to be fine. "Father forgive me for my sin for I just killed a man." "Oh that's ok my child you will still go to heaven.", Oh and no virgins for you, no martyr no virgins. SUCKER....See Islam is far more superior than Christ-insanity.

    Your's truly, the evil Jew in the well.

    October 11, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Barry, Calabasas CA

    Actually Jon from Sacramento...
    Jews believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a carpenter and a bit of a heretic, certainly not a prophet as you maintain. Regardless, AS A Jew myself I feel quite perfected already. I can wait until heaven to find out who the real Lord is...

    October 11, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Lioness, Palm Springs, California

    I took Ms. Coulter's comments to mean that Christianity is a fulfillment of Judaism; that Christ, a Jew, created a new covenant with all the peoples of the world. Her delivery, unfortunately, sounded glib and arrogant. But her meaning, if pondered, is not anti-semitic.

    October 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Carlos K-Los Angeles, California

    ...ohhh...the blonde bimbo in her lost state of endless stupidity finding no challenges in denigrating liberals and the widows of 9/11 has now decided to take on the Jews...well...hello Ann...I think you've opened Pandora's box and you're going to experience a turbulent ride in the next few days...

    October 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Allan Woodland Hills, CA.

    She is an idiot.....why do we care what she says? She is always mouthing off about something that will sell her books or give her press......sad!

    October 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Deborah, Los Angeles CA

    I am appauled at the comments made by Ms. Coulter. I am also appauled at the ignorance of so many CNN readers.

    First and foremost, Jesus is not considered a prophet by the Jewish religion. Sorry.

    Second, it appauls me that any one who is educated can make such a boldly bigoted statement. This is not just insulting to the Jewish faith, but all faiths aside from Christianity. Actually – no – if I were Christian I would be just as upset, because this is a terrible presentation of some one who considers themselves a tolerant, educated Christian.

    Third, I think we both know that the Jewish community is courted by both Republicans and Democrats and I hate to burst her bubble but unfortunately there are Jews out there who were at the Republican National Convention...they don't not let them in at the door.

    October 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. John W Wirtanen, Los Angeles, CA

    Regarding Coulter's comment about the Republican National Convention in 2004. "People were ... tolerant ...


    The Repulicans are as a group tolerant only if one: Is not gay, hasn't had an abortion, is not an atheist, is a Christian...

    October 11, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Jon - Plainview, New York

    Clearly one of the commenters has gotten this seriously wrong. Jesus is not considered a "prophet" by Jews. I am a practicing Jew, in a family Jews from a Jewish community, it is simply not the case. Here is the problem, conservatives make this out to be a LIBERAL ATTACK. It's not like that, I'm a conservatice Jew and what she said was just crazy and offensive. Has nothing to do with liberal and conservative. Nothing at all. She loves decrying Ahmadinejad, maybe she should look in the mirror and recognize who feeds into that man's anti-semetic frenzy.

    October 11, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. kelly, SF, california

    I want Ann Coulter to be perfected.
    You know – still sweet old Ann – only – totally different.
    Like... sane... and quiet...

    October 11, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Bob, Seattle, Washington

    Why does anyone need salvation?

    October 11, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Ted, Galveston, TX

    Christians made me an atheist. The mainstream Christian right is full of intolerant and hateful bigots, and the far-right is full of fundamentalist equal-opportunity haters who think that anyone not like them doesn't deserve to breathe the same air. Organized religion is the single greatest evil ever perpetrated on humankind. She should be ashamed of herself, but it doesn't sound like she's quite smart enough to realize just how stupid she really is. Sad.

    October 11, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Jeff K., Lakewood, WA

    Its a free country, let her say what she wants. Please stop making a big deal of this. Let these hateful christians continue to ruin a beautiful religion. It's up to christians to do what's Right, she's their problem.

    October 11, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Olivier Brill Tucson Arizona

    Poor Ann Coulter: She may be educated that is she has a degree in something, but she certainly does not know how to think. Too bad so many people listen to her. She is an educated fool, shall we say?

    October 11, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Krishna, San Jose, CA

    What a stupid woman!

    October 11, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Royce, FL

    I'm not sure if Ann knows what being a Christian is about.

    Yes, under the "religion" blank in a form she may put down the word "Christian", but I think there's more to being Christian than just identifying with a religion.

    October 11, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Coulter, Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh...

    The intolerance that these Neo-con's have brought to the Republican Party and to America if frightening.

    Maybe they wouldn't be so successful in spreading their vile beliefs if we called them by their pre-WWII name, which is Fascist or Nazi.

    Neo-con is just another word for Nazi.

    October 11, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Jon, Mesa AZ

    Ann was not saying Jewish people or any other faith do not have rights, value, or acceptance...... She was just saying America would be a better place if everyone in it was just like her. Scary on soooo many levels, from the Hitler reference(yes I know she is not in power but I believe she has the ear of those who are) to what America would be like if everyone followed her description of how christians follow their religious beliefs; Can anyone say Sodom and Gomorrah with a realing looong line to the confessional.

    October 11, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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