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. timbuck, houston, texas

    She is just a typical conservative: hateful, mean, bigoted and not very smart.

    October 11, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. c. texarkana

    As someone that considers herself a christian, I really am disturbed by her thoughts on this subject. How is this different from any other radical "everyone has to agree with me opinion."

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. ED, New York, NY

    You have to be kidding me...She went way too far and this must be treated like a big deal. She basically is professing religious supremecy, and she has exposed herself as the true bigot that she is. True conservatives (and christians) should reject her and she should be banned from any serious public discourse in the future.

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. NY, USA

    Let's face the facts, Ann Coulter is an entertainer. She is paid to attract viewers and readers. We are not dealing with a great intellectual here.

    Coulter has her rationale for why she feels Chritians are perfected Jews, but what should be glaringly obvious is that there is no proof or evidence of Christ, Heaven or dare I say... God.

    Comparing Christianity to Judaism or Islam for that matter is one step above comparing Santa Claus to the Easter Bunny.

    Entertainment people...entertainment.

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Taylor, Ontario Canada

    Ann Coulter embodies the negative stereotype that the world has of Americans. That anyone could be that naive and offensive is mind-boggling.

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Mirza, Detroit, MI

    Ann Coulter was half wrong. Its true that Jesus was sent by God to refine the message of Moses but it was Prophet Mohammed who finally perfected the divine message. Muslims are actually perfected Jews/Christians.

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. RightyTighty

    There was only one perfect Jew. That's what Ann is saying..., sorry if that offends you.

    October 11, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Joan, Annapolis, Maryland.

    As a follower of Jesus Christ who everyday in every way strives to do Gods' will, I have a few of the Bible(Gods' word), in response to people like Ms. Coulter.

    Mark 7:15 There is nothing that enters a man from the outside that can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man- Jesus of Nazareth.

    Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

    There are many people like Ms. Coulter who proclaim to love God and Christ, but, their fruits(the things they say and do) bely their profession of faith. I can't, as a true believer in Christ, engage in hateful thoughts and words about anyone. I am commanded by Christ to love everyone as he loves me.
    This applies to anyone who hates me or, holds views different than mine. I as a Christian am supposed to be a witness unto others of who Christ is. I am supposed to be Christlike.

    October 11, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Carol, Sacramento, CA

    As a Christian, I do not believe Ms. Coulter authentically represents what a Christian should be. She has a very hard-edge and caustic style, and lacks the necessary self-introspection and humility. I would pray that she take the time to practice silence, with a sincere heart read her bible, and examine if she truly possesses the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galations 5:22).

    October 11, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Elizabeth, Des Moines, IA

    You know, Ann Coulter is not just a "talk show host" but rather a political pundit who asks her audience to take her seriously. I don't think it is wise to dismiss her often hateful and intolerant remarks as mere attention getting devices. She has called for the NY Times offices to be bombed, and also called John Edwards a derogatory name. Why does she still work? Why do people buy her poorly written hate-filled books? I think it is because she panders to fear, hatred and ignorance. She, Dick Cheney and the President have more in common than is comfortable to consider. I think she represents the xenophobic, fundamentalist, reactionary culture that seems to have taken over public discourse. She is not just a joke, but a scary, influential person.

    October 11, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Ross, Freehold NJ

    I agree with Rodney. Imus got fired for making similar remarks. Where is the outrage? Where are the protests? Why was it acceptable to speak against Imus yet if someone speaks against Ms. Coulter, they are labeled a liberal kook?

    October 11, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Matt, Los Angeles California

    We are spending too much time fighting a war in Iraq, when the real war needs to be waged against idiots like Ann Coulter and unbelievably stupid people that purchase her so called literature, listen to her wacko comments, and even remotely believe that what she says may have an ounce of truth or knowledge to it.

    October 11, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Chris Morton, Boynton Beach, FL

    Why pretend that what Coulter says is news? If we all ignore her nationalistic barrages, she'll just dry up and blow away. News coverage on the media is bad enough (for example, no comprehensive comment on, and comparison of, Bush's $87B for the war and his veto of America's medical insurance for its children). What is going on?

    October 11, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. Cynthia, Lakeville,ct

    If Ann Coulter were truly conservative she would cut those hippy dippy locks and get a true Republican haircut – ala Jody Rell.

    October 11, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. Stu, crooked River Ranch, Oregon

    I have always known that Ann Coulter was a complete facist, but now she makes it clear. The comments by so-called "Christians" like Jon from Sacramento prove the point that many Jews have known since the radical Christian right emerged as a politcal power. Their claims to be supportive of Israel are phoney at best, outright anti-Semitic at worst. I go with the latter. These people only support Israel to be saved so that their messiah has a place to be when he purportedly returns. The thing about Judaism that I love the most is that we do not prosletize, we do not tell other religions they are wrong and we certainly do not believe we know all the answers or that we are the know–all, see-all of the world. As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely no difference betwenen the radical Christians and the radical Islamists. Both of them believe in world domonation through their religious beliefs. And let's not forget that it was non-Jewish religions that have killed each other by the millions in the last thousand years in order to force their beliefs on the rest of the world. As for Ann Coulter, it will be interesting to see if George Bush, Pat Robertson and the rest of the radical born-again crowd denouce her Nazi beliefs. I am betting they won't.

    October 11, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Carl Landon, Cheshire, CT

    Ann Coulter is well and truly out of her mind!

    October 11, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Mfrede, Longmont Co

    Coulter speaking on religion is a joke all by itself. She may be correct in
    how some christians think, but her comments are nothing more than theatrics to sell her next book. I
    would think a religious history debate
    could be better conducted while sitting around the coffee table after dinner. A total red flare to get attention. I'll pray for her.

    October 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Mike, Boston MA

    I'm not surprised. Part of the Bush-Conservative agenda has been to bring on the Rapture on a "fast track." That is why they have promoted global conflict and instability – particularly in the Mesopotamia – the "cradle of civilization."

    October 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Kelly Ann

    All I can say is this: I wouldn't shed any tears if she were run down in the street by a bus load of black lesbian wiccan liberals, in front of a synagogue, during Ramadan.
    Just saying...

    October 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. Ray Ray

    good for her. This is not Israel. Its America. Thank God for free speech.

    October 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Coulter's remarks are so disturbing. And I'm a christian!! I think she must be on drugs or be having some serious psychological breakdown. She also seems to be getting more and more ugly as she ages.

    October 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Richard Franz, Vancouver Canada

    I have watched everyone who uses derogatory remarks in regards to other races, creeds and religions, from Michael Richards to Don Imus and everyone in between, practically ostracized from the public spotlight.

    Yet Ann Coulter continues to make some of the most arrogant and ignorant remarks i have ever heard from anyone, ever...and she STILL gets interviewed, gets to write books, gets to make money from her hate filled ideas.

    I think it's time this woman is held accountable for the things she's said, and continues to say, rather than just rolling our eyes and sweeping it under the rug with another, "Oh, you know Ann, that's just how she is." Yes, i do know. And she's sick.

    October 11, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. Brian Austin TX

    She isn't tolerant, she isn't intelligent, and she isn't kind. Education doesn't always prevent people from making fools of themselves over and over and over again in the media. This isn't her version of humor, it's her true colors coming out once again for all of us with a conscious to recoil in horror over. ** I comprehend what she was trying to communicate (poorly) but maybe one day she will learn that people can be different from one another....and that's ok.

    October 11, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. C.R.E.A.M. - Smalltown, U.S.A.

    She is nothing but a attention-seeking, fame hungry moron who time and time again makes a mockery of the conservative party.

    Let her speak. Give her as much press as possible. This is what the conservative party is all about. Hate, intolerance, and genocide. Why do you think Bush had such a problem with labeling the deaths of Armenians as genocide?

    The conservative party in the United States has evolved into a modern day Nazi-like regime.

    This is why we have a woman and a black man running for president from the Democratic party and are having them stuffed down our throats by mainstream media. Those that control this country know that no matter how liberal or PC rich, white, male democrats claim to be they are still unsettled by the thought of electing a black man or a woman. Sad, but true.

    So we'll probably end up with WHATSHISFACE from t.v. being elected and he will be another figurehead just like Bush. He'll be totally manipulated by the conversative party and we will continue to have the ideas that all conservatives believe, but only Ms. Coulter will admit to, forced upon us by a fascist, oppressive party.

    October 11, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Feras Akbik, Atlanta, GA

    It's only a matter of time before she enrages the wrong minority group with clout before she goes off the air. Hopefully this will do it, or it'll be sooner than later.

    Nonetheless, it's unfortunate that it's taken this long. She even resorted to calling arabs "camel jockeys" last week without any furur (with a mild quip from the "balancing" liberal on that show with Hannity as the only protest). That said, hearing her filth is like watching the carnival, freakshows galore.

    October 11, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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