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. Bob Farber, La Jolla CA

    I wonder how her champion, Bill Oreilly, will spin her remarks to make the liberals responsibile for her insensitive, anti semetic over the top comments.

    October 11, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. Harry Whittin

    I've listened to her speak at Cornell. Ann Coulter is not at all as intelligent as you might think. In a simple Q and A with graduate students she got up and left the room when mildly pinned down by questions that made her normal line of interrogation seem quite harmless. It was actually funny to see this lawyer so defenseless in verbal give and take.

    October 11, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Jeff, Tampa, FL

    It's amazing how ignorant the American News media is about the theology of the supposed Judeo-Christian majority in America. Simply put from the christian viewpoint, Jews are still waiting for the Messiah and Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah. Many Jews who have converted to Christianity considered themselves "completed Jews". Ann was perhaps, not being sensitive with her wording. Isn't the connection between Jews and Christians obvious? Why do you think scholars call it JUDEO-CHRISTIAN religion.

    October 11, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. Robert Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Ann Coulter = educated bigot!

    October 11, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. Arnold, Washington, D.C.

    He was a little quick to throw out the "anti-semetic" label. Has anyone read The Israel Lobby? It identifies the damage that term does to discourse in our nation. There is nothing hateful about dreaming your faith attracts converts.

    October 11, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Excel of Chino Hills, CA 91709.

    Ann,the hurt you are viciously impaling to all of us decent Catholics,Jews and Christians and for all that hear your visceral hatred to anyone oppose of your mental depravity,truly makes you the Great Satan that some brothers in the muslim faith were looking for and wanted to picture in us all.
    Do us a favor.
    Die soon.
    We promise not to miss you.
    We will spit daily on your grave, you moron.

    October 11, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Martin, Austin TX

    Yes Jon, we "liberals" are going to attack her, because what she said in a nutshell was that she was Christian, she was perfect, and that Jews, not being Christian, were thus "imperfect," and by extension inferior, to the Christian master race. This is classic and pure anti-Semitism, and it's no surprise that her religiosity has warped her sense of right and wrong (and yours too, it would seem) to the extent that she cannot even recognize how hateful the things are that she says.

    Saying that Jews are "imperfect" because they don't belong to the Jesus Fan Club like her does not stem from an "edgy sense of humor." It stems from a very seriously warped and hate-filled mind.

    Other Ann defenders who say, "Oh she's not serious, she doesn't really believe these things, she just says them to sell books and get attention" are being very deliberately naive. Yes, it's true, on the one hand, Ann does talk the way she does because she does not have any REAL expertise in any subject - not politics, not science, not religion, not history, nothing, zip, nada - and so having an abrasive, hatemongering personality is the only way she can find to get on talk shows with low standards. But don't be deluded into thinking the sickness isn't sincere.

    October 11, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. ABM, VA

    Unfortunately, it's individuals like Ms. Coulter who give other countries reason to laugh at us.

    October 11, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. Ian, Bellaire, TX

    Butch is flat out C-R-A-Z-Y! Makes conservatives look bad.

    October 11, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Ron

    I don't hear much here from the Christian conservatives. Could it be that your embarased that one of your own actually spouted this nonsense? I know I would be. I've always thought of her as one brick short, but this does more than prove it.

    October 11, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Kevin, Spokane, WA

    Eventually, with the force that media has on our society, we will need some legal device to shut people up like Coulter. Obviously the first amendment is a cornerstone of our society, but given the power of media to affect the world's perception of us and the critical state of affairs in the world, use of the media to abuse the first amendment should not be tolerated. I'm not saying Ms. Coulter can't spout her crap elsewhere, I'm just saying she should face consequences for so spouting to a national and international audience.

    October 12, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Jay, Athens, GA

    I wonder if Ann actually believes what she proclaims. I doubt it, as she would stop wearing those cocktail mini-skirts. She's desperate for attention. How sad!

    October 12, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. Anonymous

    This is just a well plan money making thing. Ann knows that their is lots of sick religious people in this country that love what she says and she makes lots of money from them.At the end she laughs all the way to the bank.You go Ann take all their money of course your God is waiting for you and it won't be pretty.
    Nelson vega

    October 12, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. David S

    You don't need to be "liberal" to condemn this idiot. If this is education, she clearly defines what is wrong with the education process in this country.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  15. Andrew, Canada

    She hasn't been in the news lately. If she's not in the news nobody pays attention to her. She just says this trash for attention which helps her sell more books.

    By saying this crap she knows it creates a demand for her next interview. She's just an ugly version of Paris Hilton.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Mark, Belmont, MA

    In our world today, every dog has her day. Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Opie and Andy, and now her. It's just shock one-upsmanship. I wonder what Britney thinks of Ann's comments. Do you think that Brad might leave Angelina for Ann? Does anyone actually care about any of this? Ugh.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. Adam - San Francisco, CA

    As a staunch liberal I can only roll my eyes again at this completely irrelevant person and her nonsensical babbling.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. Brenda, Cambridge Springs, PA

    Ann truly didn't mean to offend. She used some unfortunate words, some careless 'yeahs', and left herself open to be baited and misunderstood. Bible-believing Christians pray for the Jews to meet Messiah, and appreciate their history and sacrifices. We value the Old Testament, and recognize its value for all people, but there are parts of it that pertain specifically to the Jew alone, not that those are useless to us. It is God's word and we treasure it.
    Ann LOVES to talk fast, and no matter how smart you are, you are bound to make a blunder.... Give her some grace, guys... It's hard to share belief in a nutshell – with exception of John 3:16. And to be a perfected or complete Jew, as I understand, is to know, meet the Messiah. Jesus Christ summed up all the laws and the prophets in 2 commandments – To love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind, and the second was to love your neighbor as yourself. So yes, it IS easier: no laws about clothing, hair, food, etc... The laws were to encourage the Jews to be set apart and holy, an exclusive people dedicated to the "I AM", to help point the gentile nations to the One true God who cares for us all. I was raised in a sect of christianity, but I didn't really become 'perfected' or complete in my faith until I made Jesus my Lord. Ann was NOT anti-semitic. She was just a little 'verbally' clumsy and it was jumped on like a june bug.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. george

    To Jon-

    Regarding what Christians desire all people to find you may be correct, but ask what did Jesus want all the jews to find. Look at it historically, and Jesus intended to save the Jews, not eliminate them.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. INTHEVINE, Jackson, MS

    Sorry Ann – you got the whole new testament thing ALL WRONG – Jesus himself said that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it! (Matt 5:17)
    Better close your mouth, open that Bible and stop trying to win over a single convert to make him twice as much of a son of hell as you are! (Matt 23:15)

    October 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Mark Renshaw, College Station, Texas

    To: Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca (and Ann Coulter) . . .

    The arrogance of many Christians in the world is to assume a supremacy of their religion over other religions. But how can a person rationally argue the superiority of their unsubstantiated system of BELIEF and FAITH over another person's unsubstantiated system of BELIEF and FAITH. Perhaps that explains the FORCEFUL arguements that grace our hitory books (via sword tip) and continue even today (via gun barrel)! The assinine policy on display here from Ann Coulter and amplified by the Bush administration over the past 6+ years is an insensitivity to other peoples' religions, points of view, and way of thinking in general. Would it not be better to join in unity on the common grounds and ideals of many religions, because there are many of those to be shared and upheld, as outlined by the Biblical Ten Commandments. Instead we continue to bicker over "color" or "colour" and attempt to assimilate everyone to our own brand of unsubstantiated thinking. I can't help but pull one of many memorable quotes from Christopher Hitchens bestseller, :

    How much effort it takes to affirm the incredible! The Aztecs had to tear open a human chest cavity EVERY DAY just to make sure that the sun would rise. Monotheists are supposed to pester their deity more times than that, perhaps, lest he be deaf. How much vanity must be concealed – not too effectively at that – in order to pretend that one is the personal object of a divine plan? How much self-respect must be sacrificed in order that one may squirm continually in an awareness of one's own sin? How many needless assumptions must be made, and how much contortion is required, to receive every new insight of science and manipulate it so as to "fit" with the revealed words of ancient man-made dieties? How many saints and miracles and councils and conclaves are required in order first to be able to establish a dogma and then – after infinite pain and loss and absurdity and cruelty – to be forced to rescind one of those dogmas? God did not create man in his own image. Evidently, it was the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fraticide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization.

    I would close this long narrative with Hitchens' subtitle . . .

    October 12, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. jay milwaukee,wi

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Most Christians I know think that the world would be a better place if we were all followers of the teachings of Christ. And we would be.

    October 12, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Karen, Riverside, CA

    The 2004 Republican convention, tolerant???? That is quite an interesting concept....Ms. Coulter is the epitome of what terrifies me about this current GOP mainstream. I hope her comments help people see how scary their belief system is.

    October 12, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. Louis in Olney, MD

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

    Not true at all. Traditional Jewish faith does not recognize Jesus as anything other than a fraud.

    October 12, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. kyle, Washington, DC

    I think you spelt "slights" wrong; sleights, right?

    October 12, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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