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. JB, Phoenix, AZ

    Even for Ann Coulter this is a touch ridiculous. Two key points here:

    1. Ann's career is sort of stagnant, and she is just revving up publicity for herself. Afterall, she was speaking to a Jewish person at the time she made these silly and classless remarks.

    2. This all seems to be about heaven. The Christians I have encountered in this world are convinced they have not a "fast track" into heaven and salvation that Ann describes, but really, their attitude and belief is that they have the "ONLY WAY" to heaven and salvation (through Jesus). This "justifies" the mission of trying to "perfect" whomever. Ironically, and I wonder if Ann coulter knows this, Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in the SAME EXACT GOD! Not in the "we are all gods children, hippie way", but in fact, LITERALLY. Abraham spoke to God and God told him to go forth and practice the idea of One God. Abraham had two sons, Issac and Ishmail. The sons did not like each other too much, and while they both kept faithful to the god of their father, the God of Abraham, they went their seperate ways. Issac is a fore-father of Judiasm, while Ishmail is a fore-father of Islam. As we know, Jesus the Jew came along one day and "started" Christianity. The key is, Jesus, Pat Robertson, Osama Bin Laden, George Bush, and the Pope, all believe in the God of Abraham. If an individual remains faithful in his/her beliefs in the God of Abraham, we will get to go to heaven. That is the key belief here.

    If Ann Coulter really does think she has a "fast track" because of her loyalty to Jesus, maybe that does imply that she feels that those with other beliefs can get to heaven, allbeit a little slower. I wouldn't mind getting there slower, however, when I do get there, I hope Ann Coulter's mouth is sown shut.

    October 11, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. AJ Columbus, OH

    Has she ever held office? No. Is she running for office? No. Then why the hell does anyone care what she has to say?


    October 11, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. bob, madison WI

    I wonder if Coulter is black propaganda, meaning that she's not what she appears to be and is trying to discredit the republicans. She's said things many times that are so extreme that they seem like sarcastic parodies of republicanism.

    She was also engaged to the publisher of Penthouse, so she can't be too much of a goody-goody if you know whatta mean.

    October 11, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Ute, Roseville, CA

    I was born and raised in Germany. I am shocked she said that. It is terribly wrong to suggest Jews would be perfected as Christians. I have Jewish friends and I feel offended.
    Last time I checked our constitution guaranteed the free exercise of religion, and that did not refer to Christian religion but to all creeds.
    And I have to wonder how many members of the Republican National Convention actually defend our country. None of the new GOP members seem to have served in the military. How many members at that convention have served, or have children who serve?

    October 11, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    deutsch knew his behaviour was unethical.

    October 11, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. Michael, Las Vegas NV

    Frankly, because I am both conservative and Christian myself, I am astounded and embarrassed at Ms. Coulter's comments. I sincerely hope that conservatives in general are smart enough to finally distance themselves from her.

    Smart? There was nothing intelligent about the entire line of conversation, as it fell from her lips. It constitutes religious bigotry, not religious zeal.

    Bigotry ... Imagine if she had said she'd like to see blacks behave a little more white ... That her ideal America is a little more white. Bigotry is bigotry. It's not Christianity. It's not evangelistic loyalty to faith. It's not conservatism. It's bigotry.

    October 11, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. poop, pee, donkey

    She is %160 million corret, period.

    October 11, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Drew, San Diego California

    As a Christian, I would really prefer it if Ann Coulter didn't try to speak for me.

    October 11, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. Brad S., Tokyo, Japan

    In entertainment they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. I believe Ms. Coulter (and any other conservative or liberal "shock analyst") have left the field of journalism and have joined the news entertainment industry that is fighting for the advertising dollars.
    She's devisive and that brings in rating which will keep her on the screen and in the media spotlight. Until she crosses the line like Imus, then she'll no longer be bringing in ad dollars and they'll drop her like a hot potato.

    October 11, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Greg Demmons, Seoul, South Korea

    It is not enough to say that she will be attacked by liberals for this. Her comment is idiotic. What she is saying is that Christians are right and true in their belief that they alone know the truth. This leads to the invasion of countries to convert them, to release them from their sinful ways. This is just another Coulter stunt. She makes a mockeryof true conservatives, but she is tolerated because the majority of Christians are not that intelligent and they want to hear that they are correct in their views. Ann says what uneducated people want to hear.

    October 11, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  11. Ben Kennedy, Lafayette Hill, PA

    Anyone with a passing knowledge of Christian theology should understand what Ann is talking about. Old Testament Jews obeyed the Law to keep covenant with God. Christians believe that Christ instituted a new covenant that superseded the old one. The new covenant was the "perfected" version of the old one. The old covenant was offered exclusively to a small group of people, while the new covenant is offered to everybody.

    The disconnect is that modern Jews generally view their "Jewishness" as basically an ethnicity, not as the exclusive way to find salvation with God. These people don't necessarily hold to the Old Covenant, where salvation is obtained through obedience through the Law. If you take Ann's comment to mean "your ethnicity is an imperfect version of mine", of course she sounds anti-Jewish. However, she is really saying "the New Covenant is a perfected version of the already-great Old Covenant", which is straight-up orthodox Biblical Christianity.

    October 11, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. Tomer, New Brunswick NJ

    Technically, Christians do believe that they got right what the jews got wrong, that Jesus is our savior...so she's right. But the fact that she blatantly says that to a jew, ON TV, proves that she is purposefully spewing b.s., because she is too smart to not see how that could be misconstrued and how completely ignorant it makes her sound. I think that cnbc brought her on the show with the knowledge that she would say something inflaming, so shame on them for feeding the publics' hatred/love of her

    October 11, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Gary - San Antonio, TX

    Given the way liberals blame Jews and Israel for all evils in the world, you'd think liberals would now embrace Ms. Coulter.

    October 11, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. Tony Constantine Bridgeport, CT

    Ann Coulter is laughing at the world! She simply can't believe what she says most of the time! She's much too smart, though at times, she is a loose cannon making irresponsible comments! But she knows that controversy, a la Bill O'Reilly et al, brings attention to herself, and money- lots of it. Did you know that she receives three million up front before she sharpens the first pencil to write a new book? Yipes!

    October 11, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. ES, Irvine, CA

    Wikipedia rightfully includes Ms.Coulter as an example of Racism in the United States. One could not help but wonder how the vision of her followers relates to the vision of those Crusades during 1000-1200, and how that perspective differs the view that all Christians are infidels.

    October 11, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. Jane, Columbus, OH

    James Blunt just released a song called Annie – perfect!!!

    October 11, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. sonki kim, Diamond Bar, CA

    I think Ann Coulter didn't singled out
    Jews. Everyone who don't believe Jesus
    yet could be perfected by believing Him. That's what she relly meant.
    Aren't they, Ann ?

    October 11, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. Josh, New York, NY

    In response to Jon from Sacramento, Traditional Judaism doesn't believe Yeshu is a prophet or a savior in any capacity. You are thinking of Islam which casts him as a prophet. Might want to check your facts before posting.

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. Adam Goldstein, Chapel Hill, NC

    Ms. Coulter's full comments are anti-semitic and offensive to all Jews. They are also offensive to any minority in America, including African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Gay, etc. They are probably offensive to the great majority of Christians and Muslims across the world. Education is not a substitute for stupidity or bigotry. Each of us must speak out loudly that this type of racism knows no boundary, whether it occurred in Germany in WWII or in America 65 years later. The World's leading religious and political figures should publicly condemn her statements. Those who control economic purse strings tied to her fortunes should immediately sever those ties.

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. George, Lynnwood, WA

    Ann Coulter is the perfect marketing gimmick for today's thought-free and profit-driven public discourse, combining infantile provocation with the prideful arrogance of religious faith and an entire catalog of logical fallacies.

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. Matt, Los Angeles CA

    Of course Coulter is right. The most famous Jew who ever lived, Jesus Christ, has shown us the way.

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. Tim, Houston TX

    Yes, it would be great if everyone were Christian! Well, unless Christianity is wrong, then it would be best if everyone followed the true religion.... why should I wish falsehood on anyone?

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Pepo, Boston, MA

    Coulter is no fool. (S)he has made her(him)self rich knowing that there are millions of idiots who will pay to read the sensational fabrications in her/his "books". As an independent who has no party allegiance (and has voted for members from both parties over the years), I will become a permanent, dues-paying member of the Republican party when Coulter comes out of the closet and admits that (s)he is trans-gender (a man living as a woman).

    October 11, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  24. Wes, Indiana

    I don't really like her but she almost made me laugh. The Republican convention in 2004. "They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America." And the people that read this stuff and let the media know that this is what we really want to read about, i don't like them either. Not only do they read, but they write in and say how much they were offended by those distasteful comments or even how they can't stand the way people bother reading this stuff and take this person seriously in the first place. Because of them, the media will give it to us again and agai... oh, crap. i regress.

    October 11, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Greg, Houston. TX

    Doesn't surprise me. Ann Coulter is a typical racist bigot. The right wing (i.e. Republicans) consistently buys her crap and her books. She says what they believe but are to afraid to say in public. Why else would Fox news and other talk shows give so much air time.

    October 11, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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