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. Michael, Washington DC

    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    Oh, really, since when? Jesus plays absolutely no role in formative Jewish religious belief or practice. NONE. Even his historical existence is an issue of contention. For Islam, Jesus is considered a prophet, yes (but in no way divine).

    As for Coulter's remarks, she is well aware that comments like these in fact sell her books and keep her appearances fresh. As far as if she actually believes any of what she says, I am not quite sure what the scarier option even is. But get used to it, people, it's the world of modern punditry.

    October 11, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Danilel, Los Angeles, CA

    Correction: 1) Christianity didn't come into existence until way after Jesus' death. 2) Traditional Judaism considers Jesus a heretic, not a "prophet."

    October 11, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Brent, Newark DE

    Ann Coulter should look up how many people throughout history have been killed in the name of christianity. When she sees the crusades and inquisitions, she'll find that it is more than every other war in the history of man combined. And people think Islam is radical?

    October 11, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Jesse Browner-Hamlin, Kyoto, Japan

    I hate to admit this, but Ann Coulter is correct: Christianity is Judaism version 2.0. Yet, if we hold this logic to be true, then Islam is Christianity version 2.0. All Abrahamic traditions are built on the older model. Going with Coulter’s “Federal Express” analogy, then Islam is e-mail.

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Bill, Staunton, VA

    It's not possible to justify this woman's comments when you realize what he is really saying.

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. passiac

    This is were the world peace breaks up so
    and by disagreeing about religions doesn't help .

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. iskra, Lexington, KY

    OK guys, I'm a Jew; I despise Coulter in general; and I'm easily offended. Yet I saw nothing offensive in the lady's comments (for once). She was simply giving the Christian viewpoint: Jews try to please God by obeying sixty million laws and restrictions, whereas Christians believe they got freed from these laws by the sacrificial death of Jesus. Of course all Christians want Jews (and every other non-Christian) to become Christian, because they believe that Christianity is "the way, the truth, and the light" - and they want all the world to know Jesus's love and have eternal life (their perspective). It would be equally accurate to say that all atheists wish the whole world were atheist (they don't want people to follow the false delusion that God exists), all Muslims wish the entire world would accept the truth of Islam, and all Jews wish that Christians would stop claiming that the Messiah has already come.
    What's so offensive about that?

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Curtis Jackson, Winona Minnesota

    I am a Christian, I take my religion seriously, and Ann Coulter is giving christians and 'conservatives' in general a bad and erroneous reputation. Christians in general do not consider themselves 'perfected jews' by any means; in fact, Coulter is the only christian i have ever heard refer to themselves as perfected in any way whatsoever, even if she meant it in a non-literal sense. Ann Coulter is intelligent, but is severely lacking in wisdom. Coulter simply basks in the limelight by presenting radical ideas...not so different from those she abhorrently opposes in the middle east.

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Marty, Huntington Woods, MI

    It's folks like Coulter who make me think that Hitchens may indeed be right. This combination of doctrinaire religion plus a warped mind is dangerous indeed.

    October 11, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Rick, Sumner, Wa

    Sounds a lot like David Duke, doesn't she.

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Rita Green, Chicago, Illinois

    Is this finally enough? Is this latest bigoted comment, from a long line of hateful bigoted comments from this woman FINALLY enough to get networks like CNN to stop inviting her onto their broadcasts?
    And if not, what kind of message are such networks sending to their viewers? Do NOT provide her with an audience, her filth does not deserve promotional time on major news networks.

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Jason, Marlboro, NJ

    how ignorant

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Shrikant, Odessa, TX

    She is stupid, arrogant, incompetent, ignorant and -– I don't have enough adjectives to describe what she really is

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Bob, Gaylord, NJ

    I gotta get me some of that Coulter crack.

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. s, boca raton, fl

    Nothing needs to be said, an idiot proves themselves an idiot

    October 11, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. Baz

    Wow... I can't believe she said that.

    But, come on people. Being racist or bigoted has nothing to do with education or intelligence.

    If simply going to college means being educated and good natured, we wouldn't have any problems in the world. Colleges certainly don't do much of a job at making people better. Maybe better equipped to reach their goals...

    Anyway, it also doesn't matter whether she knows she's offensive...she just is. I don't understand why conservatives don't think people like this make them look so bad...

    October 11, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. albert, Dallas, Texas

    Traditional Jewish faith DOES NOT recognize jesus as a prophet, that is what muslims believe not Jews. Ofcourse, Jon is so smart (the person that made this comment), that she does not need to be corrected by this liberal

    October 11, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Jene Moseley, Silver City, NM

    OH NO! Not Ann Coulter's running her hateful, vicious mouth again! PULEEEZE, spare us the diatribes, ravings and rantings of someone who just doesn't know when to shut the hell up.

    October 11, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Christina, PHX AZ

    Not the most diplomatic approach to laying it out but she is right!

    October 11, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. LT, Detroit

    Part of me wants to believe that she says the most outrageous things possible just for the attention (which she sadly gets).

    The other part of me has this sinking feeling that she really is this stupid and horrible of a person...

    October 11, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Kevin, Atlanta, GA

    Ann and anyone who believes she is a decent person is perfect example of the dumbing down of America. The republican party’s mission is to have the majority of Americans to be too stupid to think for themselves. Ann’s comment about America being better if everyone was Christian, is her way of really saying, if everyone would just blindly follow us, we can take advantage of America and become richer!! She and the republican party do not care about individual freedoms or rights at all. Jesus would actually be ashamed of someone like Coulter. Oh by the way Ann, Don’t you realize that Jesus was a liberal!!! So if you hate liberals, you hate Jesus and everything he stands for!!!

    October 11, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. sparks, marion, in.

    Once again some idiot sets themself up in the christian spotlight lumps us all in and makes herself the spokesperson makes the statement we a perfect christians and you have to obey shows her complete ignorance there is no such thing as a perfect christian or human for that matter all fall short of the glory of Christ who is was and ever will be the only perfect one Christians have a one job and one job only to spread the word it is not or job to offend or force our beliefs just to inform tolerance is being able to do that without having the need to personally convert every non believer thats not our job just to inform the conversion is up to the listener I am tired of these people speaking on behalf of me and Christianity when they have so much to learn themselves. She only lends fire to those ever tolerant non believers who will now take the words of one to use against the many true practicing Christians.

    October 11, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Abe, Saskatoon, Canada

    I think she is right!!is just an opinion of how to handle your faith!! I don't know why Jewish felt so hurt and so sensible? are they just blame her for the holocaust too!!!. Is only a different point of view of the Jewish faith and must be respected. No any comment against jewishs are antisemitic. You could be anti Zionist, without being anti jewish.

    October 11, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. Russell, Newnan, GA

    Coulter may be educated, but she's not tolerant or funny. She is divisive and hateful and she doesn't really understand our Constitution or what the country was founded on. She just spews whatever it takes to keep her in the news and keep her bank account fat. I'm always astounded how conservatives – like Jon who commented here – are always so quick to defend her. She is venemous and very un-Christian, yet the staunch conservatives who are so often aligned with the religious right come running to her aid, which only proves how clueless they are about Christianity.

    October 11, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. mike, philly, pennsylvania

    Coulter is clearly foolish and attention hungry, and it goes without saying that as humans we are all imperfect to the same degree. Nevertheless, i think it bears noting that judaism and christianity are mutually exclusive religions, and that at the core, each religion preaches that it is the only true faith. Jews believe the worship of Jesus as Son of God to be blasphemy, and Christians believe Judaism to be an imperfect faith in that its adherents reject the divinity of Jesus.

    October 11, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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