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. Shin Matsudo Gaijin, Tokyo, Japan

    It is comments like hers and the recent ones by McCain which turn off so many potential Republican voters. They have forgotten their civic lessons- that there is a separation between church and state and that the government shall not favor one religion over any other.

    Voters should be careful when electing representatives who have little or no understanding of the core values that guide our nation.

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. EM, DC

    It should be noted, as a point of factual accuracy that Judaism does not recognize Jesus as a prophet. It does help to keep basic facts in order.

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. michel, Los Angeles, California

    i had to copy this.. this person said it best

    Ann Coulter is a talk-show host… a conservative shock-jock known to have an edgy sense of humor.

    If wants to explore the "Christian" beliefs – Ann is correct. Christians desire all people to find "salvation" which is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their savior. Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior.

    Ann was NOT saying Jewish people or any other faith do not have rights, value, or acceptance.

    However – let the liberals commence attacking her.

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Ryan, Topeka KS

    This country is full of ignorant people just like her. If someone were to say something in that manner about Muslims being perfected Christians there would be a public uproar. I am sick of the ignorance in this country what do our children go to school to learn?

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. backtoyouville.com

    Christ was a Jew., 'nuff said.

    October 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Ken, Alexandria VA

    She's just hunting for publicity for another book she wants to put out. Remember how a media outlet ignored Paris Hilton for a month? Perhaps the same should be done to Ann Coulter for a year? If she were not a white woman, she would be labeled racist, sexist, or intolerant for the things she has spouted. The quicker we all ignore her the quicker we become less ignorant ourselves.

    October 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Allan Baxter, Newport Beach, CA

    I have always basically ignored Ms. Coulter. But enough is enough, she considers herself an intelect, but in reality she is just a racist.

    October 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Curtis, Louisville KY

    I'm sorry. Was she talking? I have trouble hearing anybody who has their head so far up their rear.

    October 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Betsy, Boise, Idaho

    Ha ha! She's her own shovel. Making fun of her too easy, and she's proof that pro-lifers have the right idea.

    October 11, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. quell it zealot, dallas, texas

    She continues to prove that she is ignorant and unworthy of the fame and fortune her dark views provide. We should stop listening to her altogether and just point and stare in unrelenting astonishment and repulsion at anything she spews. Republicans, distance yourselves to save face.

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    LOL.. this is hilarious. The sad part is America allows people like her to to walk all over them.

    If no one cared for her comments, if no one read her books, and if no one interviewed her, then she would never do this. The more people care for irrelevent things and the more they allow them to do it, the more they are going to do it.

    Look, it's an easy way to make money. Just go against common knowlegde and norm, and you will become famous.

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Jan, Baltimore MD

    Jon from Sacramento -

    You wrote:
    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes ... as a prophet but not a savior. "

    This is NOT TRUE. According to traditional Jewish faith, he was not a prophet at all. he is not recognized either as a savior or a prophet.

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Paul, New York, NY

    I am not a christian and am offended by her talk. The only reason I am a registered independent and will never for the republican party is because of shameless pigs like her.

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. Peg & Rob, Olney, Md

    I would ask Mr. Deutsch this question:

    "Do you think the world would be better if all were Jews?"

    If he says "Yes", he's not different than Ms. Coulter.

    If he says "No", then why be a Jew?

    AND, he doesn't believe his faith, so why is he offended?

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  15. Lefty McGee, Dallas, Texas

    Time wounds all heels.

    Sooner or later, she'll get what's coming to her.

    We all do.

    October 11, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. nola, new orleans, la

    a basic belief in judaism, is that believing that one is perfect & without sin IS a sin in itself. we can all be better. isn't that what Christ wanted? for people to always better themselves & become "good christians?" how would you suppose people become better without observing the laws of G-d? Unless of course, miss coulter just doesn't believe in Him at all.

    October 11, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. Victoria Poupko, Brookline, Massachusetts

    I am wondering how she (Ann) could be best-selling author

    October 11, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. V. Manuel Toronto, Canada

    I'd like to know when will Ann Coulter be charged with hate crimes? This woman preaches hate at every turn and the US government does nothing about it. Maybe because she's one of it's biggest supporters. She is no better than the President of Iran.

    October 11, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Lee Fleischman, Kintnersville, PA

    Shame on the media for placing an intolerant and stupid person such
    as Ann Coulter in the spotlight.

    Do we really need another conservative dividing the American people? isn't George Bush doing a good enough job at that?

    October 11, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Ray, Clear Lake, CA

    In a perverse sort of way Ann Coulter actually does us all a favor by putting sharply in focus the brainless intolerance far too common among "true believers" of many stripes. And, of course, she does sell a lot of books by exloiting that very quality.
    Rant on, Ann. It's your right, and I have no reason or desire to impede its exercise.

    October 11, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. John, Ruston, LA

    Yes, that's right, it's all just a harmless misunderstanding, a plea for attention, an awkward theological faux pas...that wacky Coulter! Let's forget that she and thousands of other conservatives in the U.S. really do believe that this is a "Christian nation," that Jews are "imperfect" people, and that the ultimate destiny of America is to be a shiny, happy, white Christian Paradise. She didn't mis-speak people–she just let her hood slip for a minute so that we could see the bigot underneath.

    October 11, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Paul, Seaside, CA

    Why is there picture of the Runaway Bride with this Ann Coulter article?

    Based on the information in the article, I understand what Coulter is saying. At face value and in the heat-of-the-moment it sounds offensive but I think her comment is a poorly executed description of the main difference between Christianity and Judaism. I do not like Ann Coulter, nor do I support her in any way, but if the same discussion was held in a non-public, non-televised setting I don't think the reaction by Deutsch would be the same. I think Deutsch's reaction is due to him being on television. In public one is SUPPOSED to be offended by any statement that seems defamatory or anti-[fill in the blank]. Woe be unto him or her who does not act offended. Right? If it was just the guys, or girls, sitting around playing cards or chilling over some brewskis, the comments would probably garner a few chuckles. I refuse to belief the average person, Jew, Christian, or whatever would find Coulter's statement insulting, especially if her name was not attached to them. Consider this parallel: there was a big uproar by big name civil rights persons and agencies over the Rosa Parks comment in the movie Barber Shop. Everyone demanded an apology to Ms. Parks and all the Blacks who suffered during the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. My money says the average person understood the context and intent, even the humor, behind the comment, but since it was seemingly anti-Rosa Parks and made in a public forum certain people and institutions felt it was their duty and right to be insulted. Had the same scene happened in private instead of on a movie screen then no one would have campaigned for apologies to repair the "tarnish" on Ms. Parks's legacy.

    I think Deutsch overreacted, plain and simple. His reaction was required by the political correctness demanded of his role and position within the public realm. Besides, he's probably far too busy to play the contrition game with the various institutions who are (likely) offended by Ms. Coulter and her comments.

    That's my 2-cents.

    October 11, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Broc Henry

    It's easy to feel offended by Ann Coulter comments. I just wish that when Ann Coulter decides to spew venomous thoughts, she could have at least be courteous and not use the word "We" to justify what she is saying.

    October 11, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Sylvia Jackson, Granbury, TX

    As a Christian, I certainly don't want Ms. Coulter representing my beliefs. The Christian community I am apart of does not wish to "perfect" the jews of the world. We respect their beliefs, even if they are not the same as our own. We are certainly not on a quest to approach other religions with a condescending attitude that exhalts our beliefs above theirs. Ours is one way to believe. We could very well end up being wrong. Thus, there is plenty of room on this planet for a plethora of different beliefs.

    October 11, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Joe, Sugar Grove, Illinois

    Wouldn't any Jew be so happy if everyone became a Jew today? If not, why not? I'm sure that every Christian would want everyone to freely become a Christian one day. This will only happy when people study their Bibles with a prayerful and humble heart.

    I do have a question for Ms. Coulter. Not only the Jews are to keep "the law." Jesus told us that not one jot or tittle of the law will pass until all is fulfilled. Of course, he meant the moral law, or the 10 commandments, since he was the fulfillment of the ceremonial or sacrificial law as evidenced by the rending of the curtain that separated the Most Holy Place from top to bottom, or by non-human hands.

    October 11, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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