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. Mindy Chatsworth, California

    To Jon Sacramento –

    Don't tell Jews like myself who should be our saviour. Yes, Ann Coulter is an arrogant, obnoxious boor who makes outrageous comments for shock value, but that doesn't mean it's okay. Have we become so desensitized to this that we have lost our sense of decency?

    Liberals commence attacking, my ass! Anyone with common sense and decency should speak out against this woman's ongoing diatribe. She is a hate-filled, angry, polarizing monster. Every time she opens that foul mouth of hers, more obscenities come out.

    I don't need any of you so-called Christians to patronize me by explaining that she just meant that we don't believe in Jesus as the son of God. I know what my religion teaches. We don't need to be saved, changed, perfected or any other nonsensical thing that the Christian world tells us to be. We believe what we believe and who is Ann Coulter or any of you to dare to tell us that it's not okay. We've gone through this garbage for 2000 years, and it's time that people realize that who or what we believe in is our business. Period.

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Tom Tarpley, Hagatna, Guam

    I was raised a Roman Catholic and Ann is stating what I was always taught. This is not outrageously new political incorrectness.

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Tom Soppe, Portland, OR

    Jon from Sacramento,

    Do you really think the rest of us are dumb enough to believe the spin you're putting out?

    She has said so many horrible, bigoted, jaw-dropping, violent things. Regardless of why she does it (obviously book sales among a neanderthal following are part of the reason), Republicans can't disown her or spin her positively. She's a big part of their movement, and she really epitomizes the crazy, faux-rebel, hatemonger place their party is in now. How sad.

    And you can't make liberals out to be the bad guys for telling the not-so-pretty truth about her.

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. John, Chicago, Illinois

    Coulter's Christianity is so tolerant that it requires everyone else in America to be Christian. Funny how that works.

    Regardless, Coulter is a classic candidate for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder with an emphasis on grandiose delusions and manic episodes. She only exhibits behavior commensurate with extremes.

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Josh Wander, Pittsburgh PA

    Anything to get a headline...

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Suzette, Los Angeles, CA

    If Ann Coulter had any sense, she'd keep her mouth shut...and be a Democrat.

    October 11, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Jay, Rockville, MD

    Well, being a Hindu American, I guess in her eyes, I should never have been allowed in the country. Most conservative shock jocks I can tolerate, but her, she is just way too extreme.

    October 11, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Chris, Tucson, Arizona

    "This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament."

    So does that mean the Ann thinks that Mormons should view other Christians as needing to be perfected, since they have a testament in addition to the old and new testaments?

    October 11, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. m, gainesville, florida

    What is perhaps more frightening is the naive sheep that actually defend her comments...
    anyone that ethnocentric is blind to what Christ wanted for his fellow man.

    October 11, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Raquel, Glendora, CA

    Why do people still pay attention to this ignorant wind bag? She gets away with the most idiotic, bigoted comments because she's a pretty blond. What would happen if Al Sharpton had said that exact same thing?

    October 11, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Barry Toor, Bedford, Texas

    Sorry to say, but I have never been able to find a "fundamental" Christian that made sense or had any real common sense in loving all people without judgement as Jesus taught. They pick and choose the rules they wish to follow and then show ignorance and poor judgement. Can't we just love and respect each other without telling each other what to believe??

    October 11, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. BRM Levine, Los Angeles,CA/London

    As someone who is close to theologians and classicists with a specialty in religion from Oxford and some of the top American collegiate institutions, I feel comfortable in categorizing Ms. Coulter's view on Christianity as an over-simplification to the point of error. This might be due in fact to her (mis-)use of metaphor-which in itself is painfully anachronistic as a rhetorical device.
    My disgust and pity for this sorry excuse for a pundit is boundless. Mr. Deutch's only error in his otherwise courageous confrontation with her was his over-estimation of her educational credentials.

    October 11, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Henry

    and the crazy Christain right rears its ugly head once again.....

    October 11, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Greg Daulton, Enumclaw, WA

    Is Deutsch so uneducated that he doesn't understand this basic tenet of Christian faith? Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost, and that means everybody who doesn't know Him personally. Wow. Talk about uneducated. That's sad.

    October 11, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    If we uphold the right to practice the Jewish religion, we'll certainly up hold someone's right to disagree with that religion in a no violent manner......

    October 11, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Michael Richman

    Jews do not regard Jesus as a prophet. That's why we don't study the Gospels. The traditional Jewish belief is that there were no more prophets after the destruction of the First Temple.

    October 11, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Alex, Burlington VT

    According to theology, women are inferior to men due to original sin. To truly be a Christian, Coulter would have to shut up and no longer speak her opinion. Hypocrisy anyone?

    October 11, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Jarrod, San Antonio, TX

    I disagree she is too educated to be so intolerant. Educattion has a little to do with tolerance, but it is not the key to it. She is just simply intolerant and stupid; the only difference between her and muslims extremists, or a Hitler extremist type person is she isn't using violence to get her "perfected" race. As a Christian, I am offended!!

    October 11, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Joseph, Miami, Florida

    I wonder if Ann Coulter would also agree that anyone who is not white and Christian could use some 'perfecting'. There is a lot wrong with her comments. This kind of thinking breeds in elitism and intolerance. From the inquisition through the holocaust and beyond we have similar thinking about providing a solution to racial, religious and ethnic imperfection.

    October 11, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. thomas wilson

    I saw this Ann Coulter interview, and thought, How could any self-respecting person vote for ANY Republican ever again! She is a great example of how democracy has fuel a dangerous form of capitalism...that could easily turn fascist!

    October 11, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Flabbergasted, Houston, TX

    Knowledge does not equal intelligence or wisdom. The woman is an idiot and proves it every time she opens her mouth.

    October 11, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Elizabeth, Livingston NJ

    She reminds me of that kid in grade school who ate worms. It's not that he likes the taste, just the attention he gets from his classmates.

    She's doing everything short of comitting a crime to get notoriety and to sell her awful, unreadable books.

    If it would help her sell more books and get her speaking engagements, she'd probably strip naked and have sex with a bottlenose dolphin. As long as it didn't risk her core audience of deranged Cheney worshippers who actually believe the foul pus she spouts.

    October 11, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Ron Cohen, Monterey, CA

    There's nothing wrong with Ann Coulter that a prescription for lithium wouldn't cure. I think her offensive remarks are calculated to provoke a response and sell her books. Remember what she said to John Edwards wife regarding their deceased child. On the other hand, she does have great legs!

    October 11, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Corey, Baltimore Md

    It's hardly surprising. Coulter speaks more nonsense than anyone I've heard of outside of conspiricy theorists.

    it's not offensive, it's just sad.

    October 11, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Eric (Chattanooga, TN)

    It's theists like Ann Coulter that make atheists (like me) just smile!

    The hypocrisy of Christians today's christians NEVER ends...

    Christians are easily the most repugnant of all religious groups & they've done their best to stain America over the yrs. The seperation of church and state is vital to the future success of our country - and the Bush regime has already done a lot to set our country back.

    October 11, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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