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. Justin Buffalo, NY

    CNN along w/ other news media outlets other than the voice of the right (fox) should get a clue. How could someone who has said some of the most unintelligent, offensive things, still be brought onto television news programs? That's right, because she's shocking. She is dispicable, and is the perfect example of what is wrong in America. The unfortunate part is that people like her have a real chance of taking power and turning America into her so called dream

    October 11, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. peter robman

    she is an idiot obviously.

    October 11, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Jason, Kent Ohio

    Keep this woman in the news constantly and refer to her as a Republican. She makes that party look so bad...and she could totally help win it for the Democrats. On the liberal side we need to tell Rosie to shut her trap because she makes liberals look bad.

    October 11, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Craig, Rockville, MD

    Judaism views Jesus as a very intelligent rabbi of sorts. He is not considered a prophet.

    October 11, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. JA Nelson, San Rafael, CA

    Whoa! Ms Coulter, diversity and tolerance does not mean you want everyone to be like you. It would be a frightful country if everyone was as intolerant, self-righteous, and callous as yourself. Come to think of it, we went to war against such a society.

    October 11, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Doug Taylor Ventura, California

    The frightening thing about conservative Christians is that they prefer almost exclusively the Old Testament for their beliefs, and then rubber stamp Christ to it(through the New testament)as validation. If they were to peer just a little into the New Testament, they would find that Jesus was opposed to a huge amount of Old Testament babble. For example Jesus had nothing to say about gays, abortion and creation as is relative only to Old Testament theology. So for Ann Coulter to critisize Jews,she is criticizing the very Testament/Torah she reveers. Christ would turn away latter day conservative Christians like he did the Pharasees. As for me, I find all of this to be tragically silly. Organized Religion is the worst idea in the long and sad history of bad ideas.

    October 11, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Rodney, Atlanta, GA

    Who cares what that female dog says!!!

    October 11, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Ed, Orlando, FL

    If she's serious, not medicated, or mentally ill, then these comments sound more like a hate rally.

    Judaism is not an inferior religion.I was raised Christian and know consider myself agnostic *gasp*, but I don't feel like I should be forced to live by Christianity's creed. I think spirituality should be a personal thing and not a governmental or societal pressure.

    October 11, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. David, Baltimore, MD

    It is my most sincere hope that Ann Coulter does not consider herself a Christian. Her comments to date do not reflect a Christian perspective, and her intolerance and despicable nature make her more suited for radical Islam.

    October 11, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Pissed off jew from USA

    who is this ann coulter and what the hell does she think she's saying. so tactless and disgusting. she definitely puts a bad name to all americans alike

    October 11, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Mike, Abiline TX

    I don't want this horrible person (coulter) speaking for me, regardless of my religion.

    October 11, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Peter, Glenview IL

    Her comments are basically correct within the context of Christian sermons, having the perspective of most modern evangelicals. Without that perspective or working from the concept of all mankind is sinful through Adam's fall from grace/perfection, and that Christ "perfects" us once again to be reconciled with God, Ann Coulter unfortunately ends up being demonized by the secular public and liberals everywhere.

    Ann isn't stupid. Her thoughts may not have been well-stated. I understand where those statements come from, but she should probably leave the apologetics to Christian pastors and scholars. Christians should be ready to explain their faith and beliefs – we're also aware not everyone is ready to accept it.

    October 11, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Tony, Chicago, IL

    What a waste of airtime to be featuring such stupidity and pointless sensationalism. Just when I thought the level of journalism couldn't get any worse!!!! What next?

    October 11, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. RS, Minneapolis, MN

    What is shocking is not that AC said what she said, given that it represents what she believes.
    what is shocking is that Deutsch would think that because she is "educated" she would be "past" such dangerous ideas. After all, most of the Nazi leadership was made up of highly educated people, living in what was considered one of the most educated countries in the world. And Hitler reached power through popular elections...
    Wake up, Deutsch! She just shared her movement's plan.

    October 11, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. David, Berkeley CA

    Big deal, this is not new. Ann Coulter is doing what she always does...come front and center and say crazy things. I'm not defending her; I don't agree with her choice of words at all. But I wouldn't expect anything different from her, the same way I wouldn't expect anything different from the likes of Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. The more people care about what she says, the more incentive she has to say crazy stuff...because that makes her relevant. So I say let her say what she wants; people have the right to not listen, too.

    October 11, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Pattie Kaiser

    Why do we even listen to this woman's garbage? It's pretty sad when your claim to fame is spouting off nonsensical bulls**t. Maybe she should be put into a medically induced coma so life would be perfect for her!
    Begone, Ann Coulter!

    October 11, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Scott, Oklahoma City, OK

    She sounds like a brainwashed youth group leader. C'mon Ann, you're smarter than that. Christians don't think they're perfect, asking for forgiveness plays a large role in Christianity. But way to make us regret giving you any sort of attention

    October 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Debra, Stockholm, Maine

    I assume that she meant "Completed Jew," which means that a Jew has accepted Christ as the Messiah. In that case, she is absolutely correct. The Old Testament is fulfilled by the New Testament. As a result, anyone who believe in Christ as Savior would make the world a better place!

    October 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Clark, Newport RI

    "Let the liberals commence attacking her."
    What, one has to be a liberal to consider what she said offensive?
    I am a conservative Christian and I find what she said offensive. The way she put what she wanted to say was, well, insensitive, to say the least. One must take into account that her 'job' apparently is to be as abrasive as possible, and I don't think that's a good way to witness, but that's my point of view.

    October 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Jeff Adkins, Torrance, CA

    Why people buy and or listen to this nutjob (Ann) I will never know. How is her extremism any different than Islamic or Jewish extremism?...always pressing if you don't think, act, and "be like me/ us" then you're wrong. To that I reply thanks for helping me understand true religion...defined as an individual (like me) refusing to blindly follow fool zealots. The truly religious are truly intelligent and enlightened, and unfortunately this does not apply to Ann and sadly too many fools like her...i.e. the 49% that voted for Bush. Yeah, their "family values" religion...let's save rape and incestual fetuses from abortion, but kill thousands of innocent U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens in Iraq, as well as deny living people opportunities from medical advancements that could save them with stem cell research. Onward Christian soldiers. Ding, ding, ding please wake up from the dark ages people.

    October 11, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Pastor James Clavell III

    Responding to Jon of Sacramento, CA, you are absolutely incorrect about the Jewish religion accepting Jesus as a prophet. He is viewed as human, albeit virtuous. I hope that this is understood.

    October 11, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. David, Chicago, IL

    Ann Coulter does not speak on behalf of Christians. Please, please, do not associate her comments with Christianity, they are not congruent.

    October 11, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Bryn H, Wheaton IL

    From what I read in this article, I don't think Ms. Coulter is a Christian. Assuming that this article quoted her accurately, I don't think she even understands Christianity. I'm a Christian and I find several problems with what she said.
    1. She seems to think that Republican = Christian. Or at least, that the 2004 Republican Convention was "Christian," which is ludicrous. The republican party has some members that are Christians, and thus may support some things that Christians support, but that's as Christian as it gets.
    2. Christianity is the "fast track". What?!?! Fast Track in what way? The statement is not explained and makes no sense even to me, a Christian.
    3. "We believe your religion" "We" apparently referring to Christians. In fact, Christians to not accept all parts of Judaism as truth, only the Old Testament. Judaism is based on other writings and teachings that Christian theology does not agree with.
    4. "We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say." As who says? Christianity teaches that Jesus was the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy, but NOT that converting to Christianity makes one "perfect." (At least, we won't be perfect while we're still alive on this earth.)
    5. “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."
    Those 4 sentences make absolutely NO SENSE together, and only the 4th makes sense by itself.
    6. "...Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews" Um, I don't consider myself a "perfected Jew." I've never heard that term before, despite growing up in the church and attending a Christian college.
    7. "God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to live up to all the laws." Inaccurate summary of the Old Testament. 1st, according to the OT, there were plenty of people who DID live up to the laws God gave them, and when God got "fed up" it was usually because Israel wasn't even TRYING to obey him, and worshipping false gods, etc.
    8. "So we think Jews go to heaven." No, we don't. Christian theology does NOT teach that present-day Jews go to heaven. They have to believe in Jesus Christ just like anyone else; God doesn't give them a free pass just because they're Jewish.
    9. "We consider ourselves perfected Christians." Maybe this is a mis-speak and she meant "perfected Jews" again. If not, however, she's wrong again. Real Christians know that they (obviously) are not perfect.

    October 11, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Chris Epstein, Washington, DC

    Let me get this straight: G-d creates an everlasting covenant with the Jewish people...and Ann Coulter suggests a way be 'perfect' G-d's wisdom by suggesting Jews 'fast track' their relationship with G-d by becoming Christians? In my judgment, that's not an 'anti-semitic' concept, it's insight into the depth of her hubris.

    October 11, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. joe coral gables, fla

    Coulter joins Brittany, Paris and Lindsey as another sick blonde willing to do or say anything for attention

    October 11, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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