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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soundoff (2,797 Responses)
  1. Mitchell R. Coral Springs

    A True Republican Conservative speaks.

    October 11, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Nick Hubbell

    Ann Coutler would clearly have agreed with Hitler and the Spanish inquisition, and on and on and on... is there no tolerance/inclusion? She needs to study history much more. Ignorant, and terribly mean. I pity her.

    October 11, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Michael Wells, Portland, Oregon

    So how does education keep you from being prejudiced? Why wouldn't she believe what she says? How is this different from all of the other irrational, prejudiced half truths or outright lies she makes her living promoting?

    October 11, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. John, Londonderry NH

    Theologically she may have a point of view. However, let us not forget what the original question was...what the U.S. would look like in her dreams. The real scary part is that once you set up a single religion, you set up a single point of view and tolerance of other points of view is nill. There goes democracy and human rights.

    October 11, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Patrick, Memphis, Tennessee

    This is unbelievable. Please, don't be fooled into thinking intelligent means devoid of ignorance.
    How insulting is it to have someone call themself a perfected version of you.
    Christinans would be well advised to distance themselves from this woman. She clearly is not speaking for them. This misrepresentation of the christian way of thinking should offend cristians nearly as much as it offends jewish persons. I would find it hard to respect anyone's opinion who continues to profess that Ann Coulter has anything to offer as a so called pundit. They would slide nicely into the same category as persons who still think W has done a good job.

    October 11, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. AL, Manhattan, NY

    Perfected Christian? This woman is the Perfeted moron. Just a dumb narrow-minded American. First of all, the very concept of Christianity is a New Testament based doctrine. So she's wrong there. If anything, practicing Judaism has more similarities with Old Testament practices.

    Whoever wrote her script this time sure made a booboo....

    October 11, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. T. Stat, Northbrook, IL

    The authenticity and depth of her thinking is matched only by the autheticity and depth of her false hair color. Ignorance has dark roots.

    October 11, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Jeff, Spokane, Washington

    While I'm sure that some liberals will pursue her on this, it really has nothing to do with liberal or conservative, rather judaism vs christianity. So I would expect more flak to come from Jews, liberal or not. And since she routinely attacks liberals whether she has a platform or not, I'd say any blowback is justified. She takes the concept of the right-wing nutjob to an extreme and I don't feel sorry for her because she creates all of her own problems.

    October 11, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Rob Erie PA

    Just plain offensive and crazy and confused. And with Falwell as an authority for theology ? ? ? ? Very intellectual.

    October 11, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Wayne, Henderson, N.C.

    Absurd? ... absolutely. Worth being offended by it? ... childish. Americans have turned into a bunch of gutless cry babies!

    October 11, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Cristian


    October 11, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Steve Georgi Walden, Ny

    Stop the madness. Jews are the older siblings of Christians. I am a Christian and I pray to Jesus who was Jewish. In the end, we will all reside in Gods hands. Let's stop the-nick picking and work together to make His creation a better place.

    October 11, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. David Stone, Orlando, Florida

    The Ultra right wing Christians have always been the biggest haters of all. The rules don't apply to them. Whether it was Bob Barr Roasting Clinton for his sexcapades while he was having an affair himself. You have to understand if you are Christian you can do anything because you are forgiven. THe Right wing are the most intolerant people
    I have ever met. The right wing politicans are raping this country financially while waving the Flag of Patriotism and religion to fool the ignorant masses of their real ojectives,while they smile and say Have A Blessed Day (hold onto your wallet)

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Sean, Hollywood FL

    If you hate her, then don't buy her books.

    I hope this is the last time we hear of her.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. jeremy,seattle, WA

    god is a imaginary friend for adults. And people who fight over religion, arent following god's example.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. THOMAS BILLIS las vegas nv

    It is not amazing that Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh make the moronic and ra statements they make it is amazing that they have huge followings.The Conservative movement has been taken over by the worst elements.Barry Goldwater must be rolling over in his grave.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Roberto.Medina, Savanaah, Ga.

    Our society is deteriaring because of people like this racist. I see her and I feel like I am looking at Hitlers Daughter. The hard but sad reality is that a great deal of Americans think just like her and that is precisely why she continues to contaminate even more minds with such negatyive publicity I am not a violent person but she is once person that I would would have little remorce denying help. Again our society continues to deteriate because of people like her. And to think about it , we went to war to destroy a person with similir thoughts but we aplud her in our country. Way to go America.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Daleri

    We want Jews to be perfected is not easily understood the way it was said. Christianity is really a form Judaism in disguise. It is all about Judaic teaching. Jews lose nothing as far as what Jewish teaching is supposed to be. Christians in fact borrowed their teaching from the Jews. This is historical fact. It is the Gentiles that have been or need to be perfected and the Jews have to keep the pace.

    October 11, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Al, Manhattan, NY

    by the way, has anyone noted the size of the Adam's apple on this dude, I mean "wo"man?

    October 11, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Long before she went on Deutsch's show, Coulter was a known hate monger. Deutsch was right to be offended– but did he think it was all right to offend gays, muslims, progressives, and anyone else not in Coulter's narrow group of hate exemptions– when he invited her on his show? Freedom of speech protects her views– but taste should prevent spreading bigotry just to get ratings.

    October 11, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Chad, Houston, TX

    Leave it to the Coulter Apologists to blame this on the "liberals". How original!

    This latest blooper is completely inline with a woman who makes millions peddling tedious hate-speak. But one can only hope this will turn out to be a real line-crosser. Watch out Ann, you may find yourself joining Michael Richards in his new-found obscurity.

    October 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Jesse, Highland Heights, KY

    While we can all agree Ms. Coulter needs to activate her brain-mouth filter more often, her comments should not be taken as offensive by an educated person (just maybe worded differently). She explains herself, but this part never airs on CNN. Hmmm, why is that? I'm kinda surprised you put it on here.

    October 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. RHH, Columbia, MD

    Amazing how these right-wing Christian extremists who show no respect for the beliefs of others are the first ones to complain about Christianity's values being disrespected.

    I wish Christianity's mainstream reputation was defined by people who truly appreciate its message instead of the Ann Coulters who just use it as a platform for publicity.

    October 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. John Simpson, Temecula, California

    Coulter says crap like this about every subject in every interview. She is a classic narcissist and all the media venues that continue to give her air time are her enablers. If nobody interviewed her or paid attention to anything she said, she would fade into oblivion with the rest of the human garbage polluting our society. I usually just ignore her myself, so I guess that is why she sunk to the level she did this time. But even this can’t last, I see a middle aged cocktail waitress with a freakishly long neck and a 1000 yard stare in her future.

    October 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. James, Seattle WA.

    Hold on a second here... She's quoted as describing the 2004 Republican National Convention as a congregation in which, "People were happy,” she said, according to a transcript provided to CNN by CNBC. “They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America."

    I'm not even going to debate the fact that everyone there was Christian, for I'd suspect she'd revise her unversal categorization, or stereotype if you will, that ALL Republican's in attendance at the convention were happy, tolerant Christians.

    Let us just for a moment take her statement as truth. It seems that she'd then be forced to include herself under the descriptor of a tolerant Christian...

    Yet, in her most recent statements, and I quote "When Deutsch responded, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" Coulter said "Yeah."

    If this is an example of "tolerant" Christianity... To tolerate religious differences, yet support the view that everyone ought to, or should, believe in the Gospels of Christ... And if they don't, they may be considered to be inherently flawed in their reasoning or beliefs?

    This is not an example of tolerance. This is an example of spiritual arrogance which I believe may be contradicted through this simple phrase...

    "Thou shalt not judge."

    The fact that this is all a publicity stunt, or that she's just misguided, is besides the point when considering Coulter's influence on neo-conservative America.

    In my eyes. Coulter is not only damaging the Christian faith through preaching a line of reasoning that is theologically unsound. Coulter is also providing an insufficient definition of religious tolerance, on a national stage... To a generation of Christian's who are listening.

    October 11, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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