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. J.D. Las Vegas, NV

    Ann Coulter is a c u next tuesday!

    October 12, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  2. Hannah Leah, Modesto, CA

    Dear Ann Coulter: "How can you tell your brother he has a speck in his eye when you have a beam in yours?" - Attributed to Jesus

    October 12, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  3. Cortez, Longmont, CO

    A single religion is one possible way to unite a family, tribe, city, country or, possibly, humanity. Uniting humanity towards a single goal is the end-game being played out everyday. Do you really see our system surviving the next 10,000 years? What lengths will they go to accomplish this?

    October 12, 2007 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  4. Mary Stockton, San Diego CA

    Can someone PLEASE make this person GO AWAY... why why why is someone paid so much money for such a vacuous mind???

    October 12, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  5. John, San Diego CA

    If anyone truly believes what they believe, they believe that what they believe, is the only way to heaven. If not, what's the point in believing? Any fool who believes all ways lead to the same heaven and all prayers go to the same God, don't truly believe in anything at all.

    October 12, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  6. jeff lorton, va

    Silly racist people can be "educated" or uneducated.

    Igonorance is not class blind or race blind. Parts of our history had many educated people acting racist..and "stupid". I dont trust anyone anymore, kinda sad.

    Luv america though, of what we could be.

    October 12, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  7. Joseph Lanthier, Santa Clarita CA

    The lady is a female Hitler. And the scary thing is a lot of people listen to her. She is a very hateful person.

    October 12, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  8. GD, Centerville, Ohio

    Coulter has never failed to offend me. I am a minority born in America, as much American as the rest of you. Many people don't understand that there are people like Coulter who say these things in everyday life, not to gain media attention, but because they really mean it. She appeals to these people and because she is in the political sphere, they take her seriously.
    It is very upsetting

    October 12, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  9. Seth, Evansville,IN

    I don't understand how one person can be an example for an entire faith. It is not possible. This just makes people who belive essentialy that Jesus did die on the cross for their sins that we are all bigoted. which is not true, I think anyway you look at this it is wrong.

    October 12, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  10. Anonymous

    This is the most discusting person on TV.Get rid of her and the World will be better

    October 12, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. jim meiser fayetteville ar

    I can't believe people listen to or care what this idiot has to say.

    October 12, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  12. Cindy Santa Ana, Ca

    Isn't there anybody out there who can expose this hypocritical freak for what he is so we can be done with him?

    October 12, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  13. O'man, Barton VT

    You go GIRL ... drive the religious idiots nuts!

    October 12, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  14. Jack Brooklyn

    Whew, Coulter stepped in it again. Just from a credibility standpoint, these Jew/Christian remarks make me question what else is roaming around in her mind. Given the very sad history of people of various faiths killing each other for centuries, this is a genuinely stupid remark by Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  15. ginny

    How arrogant and how ignorant.

    Ms.Coulter clearly believes she has been perfected.

    October 12, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. Thom Jefferson Midland TX

    The Jews of Social change are in fact against the foundation of America, “Christianity”.

    Those that responded are obviously Jew or of Liberal perversions (I offer no other choices here) and do not have any idea of what Judaism is trying to do to America and the Christian foundation it was built upon.
    The Rabbis have proclaimed war against Christianity in writing. The Jews want America to be neutered of Christian beliefs because it hurts them now as it did when they first crucified the Christ.
    They want a home in Israel and a Jewish state here. The ACLU and ADL are the tools they use to try to achieve this goal.
    Christians established Democracy here and no where in this world is there another nation with the greatness that came from Christian values.
    The ACLU, Rabbi influenced and lead are fighting for Muslim rights above Christian right and American heritage. If the influence of Christianity is ever over thrown it will be by the Jews and for the Jews. The Muslims will then be removed as they are bitter enemies to end.

    The Jewish magazine Tikkun, promotes the mystical Hebrew concept tikkun olam which suggests humanity's shared responsibility (with the Creator) "to heal, repair and transform the world."
    Nan Fink Geffen, Michael Lerner and Peter Gabel were primary architects of the magazine. According to the founding editorial statement[2] political concerns of the 1960s civil rights, anti-war and feminist movements and psychological studies of workers in the 1970s and 1980s were their most direct influences. Additionally, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's legacy of "prophetic" Jewish activism has been honored and analyzed from the first issue onward. Non-Jews also made key contributions to the intellectual framework of the magazine.
    In 1997 fellow 1960s activist Danny Goldberg, a major music industry president heavily involved in the ACLU, became co-publisher with his father Victor.

    Rabbi David Teitelbaum of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California

    Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing (Homosexual promoters)
    2004 Central Conference of American Rabbis passed a resolution supporting the “right of gay and lesbian couples to share fully and equally in the rights of civil marriage.”

    1920 Founder of the ACLU Roger Baldwin
    “With large numbers coming, we will support the grassroots organization within our normal programs.”
    Roger Baldwin quote

    “I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
    Roger Baldwin quote


    Baldwin altered his stance on the Soviet Union in 1939, when the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was signed. Angry that the Soviets had betrayed all principles by signing an accord with Hitler, Baldwin promptly sought to have all Communists removed from the ACLU board; the Communist labor organizer, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, was among those purged from the organization

    Lerner was always "out" as a Jew—and this caused considerable problems, particularly among his fellow Jews in the social change movements, many of whom were embarrassed at Lerner’s insistence that it was not just an accident that so many Jews were playing a leadership role in social change. Lerner argued that it was precisely the legacy of Jewish values articulated in Torah, Talmud and the Hallakhic tradition….

    Lerner contended, then as now, that what these young Jews had encountered was not Judaism, but the accommodation of Judaism to American society and to the dominant values of this society.

    Bernard Goldberg, he has been on a spirited crusade against the left for three books now —the number one New York Times bestseller Bias, the bestselling Arrogance, and his latest book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Goldberg, an Emmy-winning journalist, is a former correspondent on the CBS program 48 Hours.

    I can fill a thick book on the atrocities of Jews at large in America.
    Ann Coulter is magnificent in her ability to stand up to such a group as the ACLU and the tainted Rabbi’s in America. Is the Purple Gang still a Jewish connection?
    May God Bless Ann Coulter

    October 12, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Ann Coulter should be shot in the face.

    October 12, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  18. James Lay, Dallas, Oregon

    You know, if you guys at CNN want to truly be non-biased yourselves, you should post blogs from both sides of this issue, not just the negative liberal ones, unless you feel threatened.

    October 12, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  19. karl, kentfield, ca

    stop giving her a microphone to spew into!

    her insensitivity is embarassing, all christians should be ashamed of her comments and disown her period.
    what a sad sad woman ... i feel sorrow for her, truly.

    October 12, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  20. J. Holmes, San Fernando, CA

    Ann is just a naughty, naughty girl and needs to get down on her knees and repent. She would do good to find a priest or nun to straighten her out. If they can't, perhaps I can help.

    October 12, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  21. Keiko, Santa Barbara, CA

    Just because one doesn't agree with Ann's views does not mean that Ann doesn't believe them herself. Myself, along with others in my MBA program, believe in Christ and believe that Jews are God's people. I think everyone knows that Christians believe in the New Testament and Jews don't. What's the big deal?

    October 12, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  22. anonymous, Boston, MA

    anyone implying he/she is a tolerant, "better" christian should also be loving and accepting towards coulter, right?

    also, this is terrible journalism. many, if not most, religious people would be forced to say things that can be construed as offensive when responding to questions like that.

    October 12, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  23. Tripp, New Whiteland,IN

    But I do believe that Christianity is the only way to get to a literal heaven. And yes there are people that say thier Christian but don't live it that doesn't make them any less Christian. Christ came to save us all not just a certain group of people. Maybe she just has the guts to stand for something and not be worried about what somebody else says. I wish I could do that without fear. To many people came to this page to rip her and only voice your side and not listen to another side, maybe it's time we all heard the other side.

    October 12, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  24. Danielle, Reno NV

    Ann Coulter is an angry anti- just about everything person. I don't undestand why she is gvien a platform at all...she is irrelavent.

    October 12, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  25. Al, Phoenix, AZ

    Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." Ann believes this as do all Christians. How does belief in the word of Christ make us bigoted and/or ignorant?

    October 12, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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