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. Bill, Denver CO

    Heil Coulter! Sieg Heil! Heil Coulter!!
    What a waste of oxygen.

    October 12, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. Las Vegas, NV

    Isn't she really insulting Christians? Jews believe in obeying laws and Christians believe in an easy way out accoding to her. To me, this woman is in the habit of offending people. I think she enjoys it

    October 12, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. PGM, Cincinnati, OH

    Wow. I think she's saying what she really believes, which is quite scary. I always thought she was a bit narrow-minded, but this much? Never would have guessed it. I'd hate to see what she has to say about Buddhism or Hinduism or any of the other eastern religions.

    Oh yeah, and Mr. Stanley from Knoxville – "Only in America can you visit from a foreign country and sue us for our own culture should it be offensive." Christianity is not America's culture. America's culture is diversity of thought – that's what the country was founded on. You are presuming that your own personal "culture" is the country's culture and vice versa. Unless you're an American Indian, you're a foreigner too.

    October 12, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. Shana, Raleigh, NC

    Wow, that woman is an example of everything that's wrong with the world. Someone needs to slap her.

    October 12, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  5. offended jew, seattle, washington

    while i'm offended by what coulter asserted, she is entitled to her opinion- no matter how ridiculous or offensive. rather than spend her time irritating her peers and the country as a whole, she should direct her energy to being a positive, contributing member of society- not some raging republican with low self esteem and a bad dye job.

    once again it seems to fall onto the jews of america to take the moral highroad and turn a deaf ear.

    October 12, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. Shawn, Newton N.J.

    To those of you who think that she is just trying to generate headlines because she cant possibly be that dense, look at what some of these other morons have written.
    I particularly liked the person who said "no you just didnt understand her right" Meanwhile the interviewer gav her several opportunities to clarify, but she WAS being clear, to her "Jews are imperfect Christians" What Hubris~!
    And some of your comments show that you dont even understand what it is to be a true christian. You jhust call yourselves that because its what yourparets were, but dont understand what Christianity truly means. Shame on you, and shame on her.

    October 12, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. David S

    To Mr. Allen Stanley, Ms. Coulter and other anti-Semites: Stand-up comedians are funny people who use humor to make a point. Ms. Coulter is a serious, but idiotic analyst, who may think she's funny. Her remarks were not and not intended to be funny. Mr Deutsch and most of us didn't find unintended humor in her comments whether she meant them or not.
    And, what was the purpose of your remark about the Rabbi, anyway? To show that Jews get special treatment in a "Christian Country"?
    Not so subtle an anti-Semite, are you?

    October 12, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. Jack, Union, NJ

    I actually think that as educated as she is, when it comes to religion she is just naive. Jews have been in this country since the travels of Columbus. Jews believe that Christians or anybody else has the right to practice their own religion as long as they don't impinge on the beliefs of others. The last time I checked this is what our Constitution states. Judaism does not seek to undermine other religions or replace them- why can't the Jews just be left alone! How many millions of Jews have been murdered or worse through the millenia in the name of "those that were perfected" and others?

    October 12, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. courtenay craig, Huntington, WV

    Does this woman have an actual talent or is this ignorant for entertainment's sake? Hey Britney, if your present intellectual acumen were your children, you'd have lost it to K-fed too.

    October 12, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  10. Jeff, Atlanta, Georgia

    Re Jon below:

    Contrary to your erroneous belief that "traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior," there is no reference to Jesus being a prohpet in any text of traditional Judaism. Many statements ascribed to him in Christian texts are identical to maxims of early rabbinic Judaism, but that doesn't mean Jews regarded him as a prophet. To Jesus plays no role whatsowever in Judaism.
    ALL Jews (whether they are liberal, conservative, orthodox, or secular) take offense at the notion that we have to convert to someone else's religion to be Americans. We Jews will make a deal with you: you don't try to convert us or diminish our religion and we'll do the same for you. "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor." Rabbi Hillel said that.

    October 12, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  11. Mark Renshaw, College Station, Texas

    To: Colleen Webb, Sunrise, Florida

    Let's play the "if they're right" or "if they're wrong" game . . . if you disagree in principle with a dictator, do you kneel in the face of certain death for standing? I would gladly stand in defiance of the egotistical "god" that has, among other things, been compared to an absent watchmaker. Well, "absent" is quite contrary to the term "omnipresent". He is either here or he isn't here, responsible for both the good and the bad, or responsible for neither – not as many idiots believe, responsible for the good but not the bad. I, for one, don't remember asking to be born into this world so I'm not really in the mood to "thank god" for giving me choices. And the fact that I'm born as a "sinner" and as such naturally condemned to hell, makes me question the infinite goodness of this omnipotent wanker.

    And Adam, it's great to see another sane individual in the heartland og George W. Bush's utopian part of Texas!

    October 12, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  12. Bob, New Milford PA

    You people are wound up way to tight. Have you ever listend to Lewis Black talk about the old testement? Why is it ok for him to slam it? Because he's a jew?

    October 12, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  13. Eric, Phoenix AZ

    What ever it takes to sell books, Mann Coulter. Why don't you just title your next book "Mein Kampf"?

    October 12, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  14. Kem, Kenosha WI

    She's a wannabe Rush Limbaugh. When she's not getting enough attention, she says something shocking. That's all she has. Giving her any copy or airtime plays right into her hands.

    October 12, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. Joe

    Ann Coulter doesn't deserve the press that her comments are making. We should all forget her, stop listening to her absurd comments and move on to more interesting things in the world. I've already given her too much thought with this comment so I'll stop here.

    October 12, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  16. bob

    She speaks for the people of this country and not afraid to confront liberal propaganda. I like it!!!!

    October 12, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  17. Jon, Palo Alto, CA

    Well, maybe she has something. Life would be so much easier if we all converted to being blue-eyed blonde females. Or if we all became animists. I like the idea that everything has a spirit to be respected. Much nicer than the authoritarian model.

    October 12, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  18. Paul Espinoza, Temecula, Ca.

    Ms. Coulter's comments did not seem overly offensive; however, I don't think that Ms. Coulter is Christian. I believe a Christian would have used the Word of God to do her talking. In this way, she would not have to argue the point: The Lord needs no protagonists or defenders. Who of us can say "I was, I am and I will be." The most one can today say is "I am". But tomorrow when we're gone, who can say "I was" or "I will be."

    October 12, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  19. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Jon, Sacramento Ca,

    STILL spinning Right-wing idiocy? You're probably in China by now.

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

    No, she just said that they're rights, values and acceptance are trumped by HERS – which, of course, are FAR more important than anybody else's!

    Nothing asinine about that eh?

    Next thing you know, you'll tell us that Coulter NEVER said that Nixon and McCarthy were her heroes in one of her articles too!

    You just keep up your pathetic spin buddy, and we'll just keep laughing!

    Oh Jon? Has Ann figured out which precinct she's supposed to vote in yet?

    October 12, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  20. Edward S., Little Rock, Arkansas

    So... are the same folks who howled and cried that Congressional Democrats should distance themselves from the "General Betray-Us" ad from MoveOn.org going to step up and similarly condemn Ann Coulter's run of the mill hate speech? Pardon me while I don't hold my breath.

    October 12, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  21. John - Toronto

    Here's one that will beat her.

    All religion and faith is hyber-bole. It has caused wars, insade stupid for the weak and insecure who need to rely on some higher power to move through this experiment.

    Faith through stories just doesn't cut it. Everyone blabbing away like the Tower of Babel...blah.

    What a waste of time. It was religion that caused an invasion in Iraq (a crusade for OIL) and it was religion/faith that causes insane acts of terrorism. Amazing how so many people can preach the power above yet engage in wars which have killed innocent American soldiers and Iraqis – for NOTHING.


    October 12, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  22. Jesus Savannah Georgia

    Do you expect any less?? For Gods sake She's a Christian. They are all (at the least)fools.

    October 12, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. Mike, Fresno California

    It's so strange. Because this morning I was watching a documentary on the language used in Hitler's Germany and a quote from HItler that stuck out was (paraphrased) 'of course we're a democracy, we've just streamlined democracy.' I guess the phrase "fast track" wasn't used back then.

    October 12, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. Moki Skye, Tucson, Arizona

    I don't see much difference in posture between Ann Coulter and what many–perhaps most–Jews believe. By that I mean that many Christians regard themselves as "Right" and the "Chosen Ones," while many Jews believes Jews are "God's Chosen People"–chosen enough in fact to consider themselves the rightful owners of the Holy Land–some of the most cherished land on the planet.

    Both of these extreme Jewish and Christian postures are elitist and ethno-centric. Neither Christians nor Jews should be favored over any other religion or people by government or political party.

    Supporting the Jews as the Chosen People and rightful heirs of the Holy Land is why the United States finds itself spending hundreds of billions of dollars and losing thousands of lives fighting terrorism. We are supporting an ideology which is elitist. No wonder the Arabs have issue with us. The Holy Land should belong to the entire world and thus managed Internationally, and in the long-run is the only viable solution to the ongoing Mid-East conflict.

    October 12, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  25. Josh Nguyen, Bellingham WA

    While Coulter's remarks are outrageous (as always), what's even more so is the number of people commenting in here in DEFENSE of her so called positions.

    Spare me your "liberal" this and "conservative" that....Spare me your polarizing labels that have such little significance in the real world.

    'Fake' or not, 'joking' or not, this woman is an utter bigot. I would admonish her defenders to be ashamed of themselves, but what's the point? Those of Coulter's rank and file are often more racist, ignorant and utterly intolerant that she is. I see at least five of them have already smeared thier 2 cents above...

    October 12, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
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