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. Steve, Duluth, GA

    Ann Coulter speaks for nobody except the arrogantly ignorant. As a Christian myself, I'm disgusted by her comments.

    Ann, you do not get to say "we." You don't speak for anybody of any substance.

    October 12, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  2. Cornel, Winnipeg, Canada

    Being Canadian, I don't really know much about Ann Coulter, however, it is interesting to see the venom and hatred being directed at her by those who seem to being lecturing from the pulpit of tolerance for others. Is it time to look in the mirror?
    As a Christian, I can see that her expression of theology is very poor but what she says is at the same time being taken out of context. The Bible affirms that we are all sinners, and while we are on this earth we are in every way imperfect. We are perfected by Christ because of his death for us but certainly not by anything we have done. We have no reason to be proud of how good we are.
    Another interesting comment by a writer is that Christians are arrogant to assume all other religions are not true. The very nature of truth is that something is true and something is false. Is it not possible to believe something is true and not be arrogant? The writer asserts that Christians are wrong to believe what they believe. Doesn't that imply he thinks he knows what is true (i.e. Christians are wrong) and what is false. How come the writer is allowed to have that position and Christians are not? Isn't that arrogant, bigoted, and intolerant?

    October 12, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. Cynthia, Los Angeles, CA

    She's not educated. She is a bigoted jerk and I wish everyone would stop giving her a platform to speak from.

    October 12, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  4. Robert

    If she represents "Christian views" then Christians are not on "the fast track" but are on the (cue AC/DC) "Highway to Hell"... da daaaa da, Hiiiiiighway to Hell! da daaa da... Don Imus got canned for a similarly insensitive, racist remark. It's about time she stopped getting big bucks for being ethno and religio-centric. Her words are just as provocative as a KKK goofball and I do not see those kooks getting the air time she gets.

    October 12, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  5. Catherin Saint Paul, MN

    I love it...
    Wikipedia: Christians = Republicans who don't need to follow the rules because they are on the fast track to heaven.... (Would that be a self distructive fast track?)

    Sounds like my Ex Husband. He once told me it was OK if he sinnned as he was saved at the age of 4.
    Thats when the beating started.

    Some people. If she was so TOLERANT wouldn't she be in a happy place.

    October 12, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  6. steven, birmingham alabama

    Any Christian should feel that way. That is, christians who actually read their bibles. The first sermon the church ever preached was to a few thousand Jews at a Jewish feast, telling them they needed to change their ways, because they just killed the promised savior.

    Was Peter spewing intolerant, hate-filled speech? Did Jesus want the world left alone, or did it want everyone to conform to His teachings? If christians are ashamed of someones remarks, then they aren't followers of Jesus, but a watered down version of the gospel.

    October 12, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. Anonymous

    what an idiot.

    October 12, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  8. Sid G. C.C. Tx.

    WOW! 155 posts. Annie, you win again. Paris was drunk when she ranted but you were lucid supposedly.
    You do probably look better in a mini skirt than your pals Limbaugh, Imus, O'Reilly or Dobbs, however.

    October 12, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  9. M. Houston, TX

    a.) She is REALLY working for the left
    b.) She is REALLY upset she isn't as pretty as John Edwards

    Because, honestly...
    This type of crap is the reason that our forefathers wanted to move far...far.. away from the religious political mix that pervaded Europe.

    October 12, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  10. Nuwan, Houston TX

    May be she wants to be contravertial. That is why she must have talked the way she did. That way people will start to talk about this. She may have wanted to make a topic out of this thing. Anyone can understand that what she talked was arrogant and not proper. She knows that too.

    October 12, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  11. Leah, Munich, Germany

    Oh Jon in Sacramento,

    By saying that you are a "perfected version" of me, defines me as flawed, as a subclass, as inferior. And yet you still wonder why people attack her?

    Furthermore, let's not forget that the Koran is a continuation of the Christian Bible. Therefore, by Ann's own logic, Muslims are a perfected version of Christians.

    October 12, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. rl johnson, Calgary Alberta

    I don't agree with the term "perfected" – no one is perfect either Jew or Christian. However, Christian teaching is that Jesus is the Messiah referred to in the Old Testament – he came to establish a new covenant between God and all people and created a new church different in some respects from the traditions of the Old Testament. He left us the gift of His real presence in the Eucharist (when we celebrate the Last Supper) to strengthen us all in our daily journey. He was rejected by many at the time and his difficult teachings continue to be rejected today by people of many faiths.

    October 12, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  13. ShockJockMJock, Somewhere, XYZ

    Ann needs to not speak for the general population anymore.

    October 12, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  14. Margaret P, Spokane,

    Perfected Christians do not speak as she did...perfected Christians would respond in humility, not from an all knowing perspective. Very Sad.

    October 12, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  15. Kevin, Chicago IL

    It's probably more like her being too intolerant and stupid to be even a little educated. She can wave around all her pieces of paper that say she's intelligent all she wants, because we all know she's a laugh riot.

    October 12, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  16. Rhiannon, Kentucky USA

    Why does the pagan/atheist left get upset if someone tells them they are going to hell, when they don't even believe in hell? Also, this must be exhibit No. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,001 of CNN and the rest of the pagan/atheist left demonstrating their complete ignorance of the Christian faith. As a Christian, why would Ann Coulter wish that the pagan left, the atheist left, the earth worshipping left, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, or members of any other faith remain committed to their faiths rather than convert to Christianity? Hint for the pagan/atheist left: Coulter wouldn't wish for such a thing, and she shouldn't wish for such a thing. Got it? Otherwise, she would call herself an atheist.

    Posted By Tom, Texas, USA : October 12, 2007 12:45 am

    Ok...So I had a nice long reply to Tom from Texas's post above about Pagans & Chritians and CNN removed it. Why? Because it made sense? Because it was possibly the truth? THAT IS BIASED! I provided specific documented arguments and MY post got deleted. But yet CNN is allowing people to put death threats on here instead? Interesting.....

    CNN, if you're going to delete posts from PAGANS, you had better delete posts from everyone on this board that's calling themselves Jews, Christians, Athiests, Buddhists, etc.

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH & FREEDOM OF RELIGION! Oh I forgot, not anymore...right?

    October 12, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  17. Jenny, Riverside, CA

    See, this is exactly why I joined Santeria. No fuss no muss. What you do onto others will come back unto you three fold. Simple. The more Ann Coulter speaks what she thinks she wants us to believe to get sensationalism and have a great rated show, the real truth comes out from underneath her words and shows itself in other ways that are not of her control...just like what happened to Cartman in SouthPark the other night when he wanted to "play Tourettes" so he could get away with cursing in front of the adults and not be punished, he found out the more he purported his act, the more the truth started spewing out of his control...tsk tsk, the Ann Coulters of the world never learn.

    October 12, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  18. sandra

    since when did cnn give a crap about Jews?????? hello!!!!!!!!!!! has anyone heard about that special christine amanpour and cnn just love to show over and over, it is quite obvious how cnn or at least for sure this christine amanpour lean, she totally seems to go against Israel and Jews, so please do not all of a sudden start showing outrage at someone like ann coulter saying what she said, which I do not agree with her, but I know how cnn always seems to report on the side of anyoone that is against Israel and the Jews, its because ann coulter is conservative, if this had been a liberal who had been saying this, they would have loved it. now all you libs who love cnn don't go ballistic, I will not be reading any comments since I do not ever come to cnn, I just heard about this and had to comment

    October 12, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  19. y.s, Accra

    Correction to Jon's comment below, Jews definitely do not recognize Jesus as a prophet. Thats Muslims.

    October 12, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  20. Cherbie, Rock Hill, SC

    First, religion is a illogical social construction of reality. Second, nobody, even someone as ridiculously stupid as Coulter, can believe the garbage that spews from her mouth.

    October 12, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  21. Richard, Los Angeles, CA

    I see how those comments could be misconstrued, but she wasn't being anti-semitic. She was talking about the Law of the Old Testament given to the Jews by Moses. The Jews had to obey the law and offer up sacrifice to atone for their sins. God promised the Jews a messiah to come in the OT. Christians believe that Jesus is the Jewish messiah, who was offered up as the ultimate sacrifice to atone for all of humanity's sins. Although Christ was a Jew, he offered salvation to all people. Christians believe that his crucifixion was the ultimate sacrifice for atonement, and that through Christ's blood, we are cleansed of our sins. Christians believe the entirety of the Old Testament, which was a covenant between God and the Jews. They also believe that Christ's sacrifice was a new covenant, and that through Him, we have been freed from the Law, and all can be saved, regardless of ethnicity or nationality. Religious Jews still obey the Laws of the OT, and do not believe that Jesus was the messiah. She was saying that Christians believe that we are not bound to the Law, because Christ's sacrifice freed us. Christ was the perfect sacrifice, He was without blemish and He died sinless, all to forgive humanity. Christians strive to be His disciples and follow His teachings. All be saved, and be made perfect; given new, incorruptible bodies for eternity.

    October 12, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  22. Kevin, Eau Claire WI

    Sure Ann Coulter is the epidemy of evil! Sure she's going to hell! But hey! When you realize that you can make a million dollars by lying and pissing people off and find out that conservative Republican college groups want to offer you $20,000 for an afternoon speech let's just see you give it up so quickly. Yeah, good luck with that. What Ann Coulter does is pitiful and wrong. But it is also understandable in a sense.

    October 12, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  23. Jeanne, Thousand Oaks, CA.

    I could only shake my head... boy, her parents did a really bad job raising her...

    October 12, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  24. Angela, wpb, fl

    Any idiot can be offensive and rude – doesn't take much brainpower for that.
    The tiny bit of her brain that works knows she can get rich doing it. People just eat this crap up. Just look at how many comments are on this blog!!
    We should stop enabling her, then maybe she'll just go away.

    October 12, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  25. Laura, Bakersfield, ca

    Are people really shocked by this? Honestly, the problem is the fact that mainstream media gives this woman air time. She has no valid points just hate speech.

    October 12, 2007 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
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