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. Jonathan, Ithaca, NY

    I've finally figured Coulter out, it all makes sense now. She has been saying all these ridiculous crazy things for years, and somehow gets more respect and tv play. She is pushing as hard as she can to cross the line to show us how ridiculous the media and conservatives really are. She is like Colbert except no one knows she is making fun of conservatives. Either that or she is a total nut.

    October 12, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  2. allinone

    "Reply to in this world, but not of this world", wake up, the whole world is NOT going to convert to Christianity. If you knew your history, it is the youngest religion of the main religions and even several of the stories of the bible are borrowed from older religions. Take the flood for example, Sumerian. The story of Noah and the flood has prior analogues in a third-millennium Sumerian flood myth, the myth of Ziusudra, as well as in two Akkadian versions, the epic of Atrahasis and the epic of Gilgamesh, which both also have versions of the paradisal garden. Gilgamesh also employs a narrative of a magical plant that is said to bestow a godlike quality on humans, similar to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis. The Genesis myth of humans being molded from clay is found in the more ancient Egyptian myths about the potter god Khnum.

    Bottom line, the 'blind' following of ANY religion is dangerous. You have seen the brutal way the Taliban enforce their beliefs, etc...When the good messages of religion are overpowered by the cruel, control and dominance of religion, the message is lost. Whether it is Jesus, Allah, or whoever.

    Ann Coulter is cruel and ignorant. She only wants attention and will get it at any expense. Be careful, wake up and educate yourself. Spread the real message of Christ – love one another UNCONDITIONALLY!

    October 12, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  3. Sophia, Miami, FL

    Why is this lady on CNN? She is what's wrong with today. America is a melting pot- that doesnt mean everyone is Christian, an A+ American like her should know that. Tell her to stop bleaching her hair.

    October 12, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. Robert, kansas city, ks

    the "new" fawell is invoked. May most decent people quake in thier beds.

    October 12, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  5. Lew, Siloam, AR

    Coulter a anti-Semite? That's a hoot. She is a solid supporter of Israel, always has been.
    The woman is a Christian. Since many or most of you would not recognize the inside of a church, Christians want to bring in non-Christians for salvation. You have a problem with that? You are anti-Christian bigots! You don't like Coulter's writings? Go read Mao's Little Red Book.
    Write your own book, get invited to give speeches and appear on T.V. interview shows. Do something besides complain.

    October 12, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. Anita, Carson City, NV

    An educated woman? I don't think so.

    October 12, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  7. Cathy Spitzer

    This is a supposedly educated woman? Come on! This is the moronic comments of a woman who doesn't know the first thing about the Jewish religion. What's more, she certainly doesn't speak for all of us Christians, perfect or otherwise.

    October 12, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  8. Bubba

    Just like a xtian... doesn't think she has to follow 'laws'.

    October 12, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. Mike Archer, San Antonio, Texas

    To Allen Stanley:

    Your inherent racism is barely conceled in your comments.
    You need to review why the Rabbi got upset at the airport. It's a little thing called fairness toward all religions, not anti-Christmas (which is Pagan in origin anyway). If you don't believe me, try visiting a library and look it up.
    Go back across the ocean? What do you mean by that? Deutsch doesn't "sound" American?...racist hypocrite! Where did your family come from?
    You are the exact kind of person that validates the likes of Coulter when they hide behind the "oh you can't be offended by what I meant" drivel.
    What she said is what she meant. Everyone should be offended by it, not just Jews from "across the ocean."
    If you can't see that, then maybe you should travel back across the ocean in search of the perfect race.

    October 12, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. Joseph

    The best thing we can do with Ann Coulter is ignore her. She makes these comments, waits until people complain, and then uses it as more fuel for her ridiculous comments. To ridicule her and complain about her is the natural response. Don't give her the satisfaction.

    October 12, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  11. Martin, Colo. Spgs. CO

    What the hell does she mean by "our" testament and "we" Christians?! She speaks for no one but her own lost soul. Repent, woman.

    October 12, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  12. Ryan, Columbus OH

    She IS educated! However she is "Culturally Incorrect." Her words are true, but are taken in the wrong context. Christians believe that the Jews are the apple of God's eye. Christians know that the Law of God is impossible to fulfill. Jesus said all the Law and the commands of the prophets hang on two statements: "Love God. Love each other. (paraphrase)

    Christians can't say anything in media today without being criticized. They have become one of the only groups that it is ok to openly bash. They are "Culturally Incorrect."

    October 12, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  13. Kate, Seattle, WA

    Actually, Mr. Stanley, if you are referring to the silliness that was Seattle last Christmas, the rabbi did not "sue" SeaTac. He asked that there be decorations for Hannakuh. The usual knee-jerk reaction of politically correct Seattle was to remove all decorations until they could "study" the problem. I live in Seattle and watched all this with great amusement.

    October 12, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  14. Jack, New Orleans LA

    Let's face it the Republican Party IS the party of weirdoes and losers. How funny to see them obsess about more about President Clinton then talk about Bush in their last debate.

    Citizens if you vote Republican in 2008 your asking for more of the same – more death more pollution and more religious holy wars. Is this what you want for your childrens' future?

    October 12, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  15. Scott

    The phrase "to be perfected" is usually heard in fundamentalist and pentecostal circles. It refers to people who are Jewish by birth and convert to Christianity. Thus a member of the "chosen" people becomes whole through Jesus.

    This term is rather offensive to the Jewish people because of the connotations that a belief in Jesus will "complete" their faith.

    It was not, as one misinformed commenter earlier stated, meant in jest (you sir, are a moron).

    October 12, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. closet agnostic

    "We consider ourselves perfected Christians." – A. Coulter

    I am sorry but by definition that is an oxymoron, there are no perfected Christians. That is what Jesus taught us, remember?? Guess they don't call it an oxy-MORON for nothing.

    Personally I love to read what Coulter says because it exposes the very essence of the Christian psyche. As you will see by the Christians who will defend her right here in these comments – she is simply speaking the Christian version of truth. Non-Christians may have "rights", but we are in need of salvation and are in need of perfecting a la Christianity. Does Aryan nation ring a bell?

    Just because Christians "tolerate" the existence of Jews, does not make them tolerant people. Tolerance means alot more than letting people exist .. but maybe that is too complicated to understand for some with narrow minds. Oh the tyranny of the majority.

    October 12, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  17. Jim Kale

    Personally I'm not a fan of Ann Coulter. I think she's rude, arrogant, and I don't think Jesus would be amused with her.

    But here I think Deutch took things out of context and backed her into a corner. She wasn't saying she hated jews, in the ethnic sense or otherwise. She was just stating what christians believe, which is, everyone should accept Jesus for salvation.

    This is not anti-semitism. And really, she's said far more horrible things in the past INTENTIONALLY.

    October 12, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. Brian Peice, Pennsylvania

    Allen Stanley, in his comment below which implies American Jews are somehow not even American ("go back across the ocean"), sums up the total cluelessness of those who think Coulter deserves any sort of platform -truly a shame, from the mouths of people who have no shame. This is the sort of alleged Christian who seems more interested in following the world-view of Osama Bin Laden than any love for Jesus.

    October 12, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. Andrew M - Dallas, TX

    We have been persecuted for 5000 years and survived the Inquisition, the Holocaust, expulsions, pogroms and people eating ham and cheese on a bagel. Somehow I don't think this shiksa is going to make us shvitz.

    October 12, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  20. Catherine, San Francisco, CA

    FINALLY!!! Can this possibly be the moment when people realize what a nutcase hatemonger this vile creature is? No, probably not... The pundits will have a blast with this tomorrow and somehow it'll be expertly spun that liberals, jews, etc., just don't have a sense of humor. The 2004 Republican convention as the dream of Christianity and tolerance? AHHHH HA HA HA HA, now I get the joke – the real one.

    October 12, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  21. john krug

    I am catholic, does she include me or just the christians from the south? Or maybe she is a Protestant and then the baptists are screwed too:)

    October 12, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  22. Robin, Farmington Hills, Michigan

    "Christians" should do a little historical research. Christ was an observant Jew who advocated following all of the rules of the Torah. His teachings were an effort for ALL people to follow Jewish AND accept him as the messiah.

    It was his apostles who watered down in order to more easily convert greeks, romans and then europeans.

    Check this out:

    October 12, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  23. Martin, Brooklyn, NY

    A perfected world would be one without the blind ignorance and self-righteous attitude of people like Ann Coulter. What an ugly and false vision of Christianity she portrays. Sorry Ann but the Jesus I'm aware of in the bible would be truly offended by your lack of grace and love for all people. Please stop destroying faith, spirituality and religion by opening your racists, anti-Semitic, glib mouth. We really don't need to feed the right wings fascination with dumbing America any more by keeping people like Ann Coulter in the media.

    October 12, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  24. dick bohanon,la,ca

    "let the liberals commence attacking her"?
    gee i would hope human beings would be offended by her
    obvious prejudice.
    you kool-aid drinkers really need to think for yourself,for a change.
    i'm sorry .be sure to ask rush if thats ok with him

    October 12, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. Kirk, Mt. Shasta, CA

    So, if the New Testament is a continuation of the Old Testament, and her argument seems to be that Jews should accept it because Christians also believe in the Old Testament, does that not help the argument of other "new prophet" religions such as Mormonism, who have their own continuation scriptures?

    As an American I am so embarrassed that she is extolling the virtues of the "fast track" when it comes to salvation. Comparing Christianity to Federal Express is demeaning to Christians. It's as if she is saying "Isn't it a drag for you Jews, you have to obey so many laws. Why don't you just join us, we have it easy, no rules, just be forgiven and bang, your in."

    If a majority of Christians think as she does I think I'll switch...and become a Jew.

    October 12, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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