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. Steven B, Boynton Beach, FL

    Um, it's really weird: everyone expects Coulter to believe contrary to the dictates of her own faith. Why?

    Do you folks REALLY believe she should say something other than what her religion is?

    If Christians believe all people should believe in Christ, Jew or Gentile, and that's the way to be perfected, then what's the big deal?

    If you think she's wrong, fine. But people shouldn't preach "tolerance" of all religions out of one side of the mouth and then tyrannically oppose those that don't walk lock-step with their own beliefs. At least Coulter is consistent, even if you disagree with her theology.

    Finally, according to Christian theology, Jews aren't exempt from evangelization - a cursory reading of the New Testament makes this clear. *ALL* people are the objects of the Christian message. Love it or hate it, it's Christianity. But don't feign "tolerance" and then violently reject the message of Christianity.

    Just looking for a little rationality in the midst of a knee-jerk reactionary culture.

    October 11, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Cheryl Fontaine - Lake Stevens, WA

    If we all just ignore her, she will go away. She is nothing, a zit, a zero, a zilch.

    Put on the mute button, ignore, do not report her comments – you are putting money in her bank by doing so. Granted, s/he will only use it to buy more peroxide and black mascara, still wouldn't we all just prefer not to give her a platform?

    October 11, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. Julie, Chicago, IL

    Coulter was using the word "perfected" as it is found within context in the Bible. Specifically, the quote comes from Hebrews 10:14, "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." This verse refers to Jesus Christ and the spiritual operation that occurs with salvation for Christians alone.

    The word perfected may have been misleading because of the way we use it in common parlance, but Coulter's statement is accurate if somewhat brief. It would be interesting to know what she said in the interview to further explain this issue.

    Any professing Christian would have to agree with Coulter's comment–or try to explain away what the Bible actually says.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Paul McLaughlin, Basking Ridge, NJ

    Offensive. Read your Bible, Ann. Shame on you.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. PG Rye NY

    Ann Coulter is a self-promoter. She clearly does believe the hateful things she says, but she only says them for the PR buzz. Ignoring her is the best tactic.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Still Imperfect, Dayton OH

    This is exactly why Christians (and most religious people) get a bad rep – that people like her portray an otherwise loving religion (as are most others) as something cheap, a "fast track" to salvation. No wonder the US is such a disaster when people believe in this type of teaching, that you don't have to truly love your fellow beings as long as you "accept Jesus" in their lives...

    If you're so tolerant, Ann, then leave me and my beliefs alone.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    So according to Coulter, Jews have to obey laws but since Christians are all sinners they don't have to obey any laws, but only have to believe in Christ. Wasn't that comment by Falwell made after he first said Jews won't get into heaven.
    One day she will open her mouth and what will come out of it will be so repugnant that even the most ardent conservative republican will not defend her. And she will pass into oblivian where she belongs.

    October 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. Jeff, Yokosuka Japan

    I can't wait to see how her buddy on Fox's H&C sticks up for her. Saying how she was taken out of context. She is so far off the scale. Maybe if she is so smart, she can learn to engage brain before opening mouth.

    October 11, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. Timothy - Brooklyn, NY

    If people would just ignore Ann Coulter, he might just go away.

    October 11, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. Lesley, Chicago, IL

    I was raised Christian, though I am no longer religious. If Coulter knows anything about Christianity, it's that "perfection" cannot be achieved by any of us. Based on Christian beliefs, Christ is and was the only person to achieve such a title. And to make such a blanket statement suggesting her opinion represents what all Christians believe is ignorant and unfair. All Christians should be outraged and offended by her comments. Really, anyone with a 3rd Grade education who can read should be offended by those comments. Deutsch was righ-She's to smart to think that. She's just after shock value. She's just sad.

    October 11, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. John, Los Angeles, CA

    What I like about Coulter is she is more proof that Christians are amongst the most igorant species on the planet. She is is dumb as one can be. Oh, and for the record, I am not Jewish–I don't believe in religion as a whole.

    Peope like her are the reasons the Romans fed Christians to the lions.

    October 11, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  12. David Hill, Los Angeles

    The sad thing is Coulter knows exactly how many antisemites will buy her latest trash as a result of her comments. CNN needs to differentiate between conservatives and bigots.

    October 11, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Josh, Philadelphia PA

    Anyone taking Coulter seriously deserves any grief or outrage they might feel.

    October 11, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  14. Steve, Los Angeles, CA

    I am sure we will soon hear from the right wing that her comments were taken "out of context", which is what they always do when one of their heroes reveals their bigoted alter-egos (see Limbaugh, Rush).

    In this case, it is probably correct. I am sure this was taken out of context. After all, a lot of words spoken in early 20th century German get lost when translated to English......

    October 11, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. Dick Cheney, Washington DC

    Good job, Ann.

    D. Cheney

    October 11, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  16. Juanito, Washington, DC

    And this is a story because...??

    October 11, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Chris, Chicago IL

    This is the same woman who wrote of Muslims, in the wake of 9/11, that "We should kill all their leaders and convert them to Christianity." How tolerant. Also, doesn't the bible say something about "Thou shalt not kill"? I think it's in that Testament she says she believes. Honestly, she is a shrill and ridiculous caricature.

    October 11, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Well coming from the woman who thinks "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.", I must say that this latest idiocy from her does not exactly shock me. Wasn't she just complaining about women having the right to vote just a couple of weeks ago? Sounds like someone's got a book to sell.

    Ann Coulter, still keepin it classy.

    October 11, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Steve, Los Angeles, CA

    Jon In Sacramento–

    An "edge sense of humor"??

    Yep, like when she said John Edwards should be killed in a terrorist attack. Funn-neee!!

    Or when she suggested that 9/11 widows who opposed the war were ENJOYING the deaths of their husbands...y'all busted a gut on that one, didn't ya?

    Suggesting poisoning a Supreme Court justice....knee-slapper!!

    That said, I ask you and all good conservatives...PLEASE embrace Coulter. Good lord, let her keynote your convention next year. I am sure Howard Dean would pay for her airfare....

    October 11, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. Vincent, New York,NY

    Is she kidding me? My fellow conservatives, THAT WOMAN does not speak for me, Christians, or my party. She is a circus sideshow nothing more.

    October 11, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. Tor - Chicago Illinois

    only one word can describe her – Repellent

    October 11, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. MF, New York, NY

    Traditional Jewish faith DOES NOT recognize Jesus as a prophet. He is mentioned nowhere in Jewish religious doctrine.

    October 11, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  23. Fred,

    Ann often lays it on the line and tells Americans what they increasingly don't have the stomach to hear. If our leaders told us the things we NEED to hear (versus what we WANT to hear), we might stave off the inevitable cultural war that continues to gain momentum today.

    To be sure, she should have worded this interview better since her comments were misconstrued (and will inevitably be spun 720 degrees in the MSM within the next 24-48 hours).

    No, Jonathan. I fail to see that it's 'obvious she doesn't believe a word she says'. For if she were that way...

    ...she'd be a liberal Democrat.

    October 11, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. M. Jansen, Ventura Ca

    Does she really intend to be humorous? If she is an example of the Republican party, no wonder I lean Democratic. The best action all media could do would be to not have her on, why continue to show how stupid she really is? We've seen the same show now, the sequel sucks.

    October 11, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Joe Columbus,Ohio

    To John in Sacrameto...You say"Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    – Your wrong dumbass....they hate jesus,that's why they killed him

    October 11, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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