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. Catherine, Santa Monica

    I used to think she was a classic case of childhood abuse, but more and more I think she has a brain tumor. As the tumor grows and eats away at her, she makes more and more hateful and irrational comments. I seriously think she should have an MRI of her cranial area.

    October 12, 2007 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  2. Richard Babin, Dallas, TX

    Airhead Coulter is on a fast track alright – the fast track to hell.

    If Airhead Coulter is a perfected Christian then I'm a perfected Volkswagen

    October 12, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  3. Reid, Fairfax, VA

    Nothing like a little religion to bring out the worst in people. Why don't christian leaders condemn her for her comments?

    October 12, 2007 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  4. Yoni,New York, NY

    Don't secularists wish, in their hearts, that America be secular? I don't see the big deal in her remarks – it makes no sense (and I'm an orthodox Jew)

    October 12, 2007 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  5. Sara R., Las Vegas, NV

    What brings me pause about Ann Coulter is she sells a lot of books by being controversial, but she talks her game from the intellect, and doesn't let empathy for others in her own immediate universe to soften her edges, which is why in her perfect world, the perfect moment of her life occured back in 2004 at a convention. This is a big ol' world, full of human potential, it makes me sad Ms. Coulter is unable to take a peek outside her own orbit to see what potential she has to make a positive difference in the world that would benefit others rather than the philosophy of ME FIRST ME ME ME, which by the way, happened to be the theme of that same 2004 convention she referenced from what I recall. One good thing to come out of this, Ann Coulter will take some of the heat off Britney for a day or two, this was her own personal VMA show disaster. The outfit was good, but her brain was way too flabby and out of shape for that performance.

    October 12, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  6. Sean, San Diego, CA

    WTF IS Coulter smoking and the the hell can i get some to belive that you honestly that one religion is superior to any other. next she'll say that slavery was a good thing and all people of color should be slaves again

    October 12, 2007 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  7. Jay, Sharjah UAE

    I second the comments made by George and Karl (with minor editorial changes):

    "Ann Coulter is the perfect marketing gimmick for today's thought-free and profit-driven public discourse, combining infantile provocation with… prideful arrogance…." George, Lynnwood, WA

    "her insensitivity is embarassing, all…should be ashamed of her comments and disown her…" karl, kentfield, ca

    The shock-jock, pseudo-news opinion-mongers acquired their status because we have chosen to celebrate mere rudeness masquerading as candor. We are all at fault here…

    October 12, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  8. Tara Shochat, Bellflower, CA

    Ha! I love it, "let the liberals keep attacking her". Are you serious? She does this so the liberals WILL attack her. To insinuate that she's anything more than a attention-seeking talking-head is insulting. She's as ridiculous as they get, yet people still give her a platform...perhaps if we ignore her she'll go away.

    October 12, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  9. aazar, vancouver, bc


    This woman has gone nuts, just for the sake of getting more publicity. I am not Jew, but simply listening to her frivilous chatter sickens me. The same woman goes on air and bashes President of Iran who also said many stupid things about Jews. This woman should not be given air time by any network because she is simply trying to benefit by creating more controversy and hoping to spike the sale of her new book.

    October 12, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  10. Jacob, Chicago, Illinois

    Ann Coulter never shocks me; I know what she is. What shocks me is that she has such a following and how her books become such best-sellers. Gosh, what will future generations of Americans think about her and people like her - hopefully, we will all be more evolved by then and we won't have to stoop to her level to make a living.

    October 12, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  11. David

    Good for her!!!!!! Right on.

    October 12, 2007 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  12. Yoni, New York, NY

    The critics on this blog are against orthodox religion, IN THE SAME WAY that believers are against secularism! So the only mature person in this whole debate is Ann Coulter, who, if you see the clip, acts friendly with her Jewish host and can't understand why he is so offended. Personally, as an orthodox Jew (and graduate student in Bible) I have had plenty of interesting coonversations with Muslims and Christians and we are all friendly about it, ie like making bets on whether or not the Messiah will be Jesus. This is the attitude adopted by Ann Coulter, and the vehemence with which her remarks have been greeted reflect more on the intolerant and rigid secularism of some of these critics.
    Everyone believes that they are "right" and others are "wrong" – it's impossible to emerge from that. A secularist hopes that America will be secular, and even hopes that religion will be eradicated entirely (witness the success of the works of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens).
    There is absolutey nothing wrong with what she said. Anyone who condemns her is by definition guilty of hypocrisy, since by condemning her, you are condemning Christianity, which makes YOU the intolerant one! The best attitude is to simply live together and try to get along –


    October 12, 2007 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  13. Sandra, Fayetteville, NC

    Zig Heil, Anne!

    How did anyone give her her own show? Is this what networks are reduced to? Giving shows to ignorant, racist, hate mongrels? GET HER OFF THE AIR! She is dangerous – she is getting her message of hate accross to millions. The last thing our country needs are more radical dividers at a time when we need unity. But, it is good for the Jewish people to see what Christian Conservatives REALLY think about them!

    October 12, 2007 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  14. Beit Shemesh, Israel

    Coulter periodically decides she needs more attention, and she gets it by saying increasingly outrageous things. She's trying to make up for the attention her father didn't give her when she was a girl.

    Jews repent on Yom Kippor, BTW. The Day of Repentence. And God does not expect perfection of us.

    October 12, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  15. Bobby, Tucson, AZ

    Hmm. Well, who cares what she said. It's not like a war is going. Sure you shouldn't push a questionable thing like religion on people but come on, who really cares. And she shouldn't be fired, it is called freedom of speech, you commies.

    October 12, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  16. Brodie - Kalispell, Montana

    As an open minded agnostic, who has listened to this educated idiot over the last few years, I would pay to see this woman slowly tortured, perhaps, by a bunch of insane Muslims, would be fitting. Having an opinion is one thing, but to be judgmental and spread intolerance and hate is unacceptable and exemplifies what is wrong with this country. Ann Coulter is alive simply because it is illegal to kill her, but if she continues to run her hate-filled mouth the way she does, she'll run a greater risk of someone not caring about that law.

    October 12, 2007 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  17. Dave, Chicago, IL

    I hate seeing 'she-devils' name in the news, it seems like she is always saying something offensive but after it seems there is always some one that gives her a place to spew her filth. I call all people boycot the 'she-devil'. I think your psyche/soul will thank me and be better when your not hearing or reading such poison

    October 12, 2007 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  18. Geoff, Grand Rapids MI

    WOW! I always thought Ms Coulter was a b#tch but now she has really put her foot in her mouth. What she (Plus a few anti-semitic nuts that have responded) fails to realise is that Christianity has been the force behind many evil and appaulling acts in history as well. (The Crusades, Witch hunts, the persecution of blacks, latinos, gays and of course jews.)

    October 12, 2007 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  19. Bob Blevins, Jurbise, Belgium

    The media should marginalize Ann Coulter. Her comments to Donny Deutsch were over-the-top and offensive to all of us, both Jew and Christian. If anyone needs to be "perfected," it's Ann Coulter. She perpetuates the image of a "dumb blond."

    October 12, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  20. Emil, Sweden..

    Jews always claim "You're anti-semtic. Always the same. Crush ZIONISM!

    October 12, 2007 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  21. Paul Lewis, Los Angeles, CA

    I've finally figured it out. What a fantastic accomplishment! Kudos to the ACLU. "Ann Coulter" is a fictional character, played by an exceptional jewish,lesbian, thesbian, named Sylia Schartz, who, until now has worked as a hairstylist in order to supplement her income. Through a stroke of luck, however, she landed the role of "Ann Coulter", A middle-upper class, dumb blond, who was at least smart enough to learn how to act like a smart woman by emulating the girls in her college library, as well as seduce her professors in order to "earn" her degree. The "Ann Coulter" Campaign is being funded by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of an elaborate, expensive and desperate educational effort, based loosely on the stories of Ebeneezer Scrooge, to help teach us the invaluable lesson that the human race cannot survive the effects of the increasingly careless, thoughtless, manipulative, unsympathetic, amoral, unscrupulous, divisive as well as naive, misguided, misinformed, uneducated, easily-influenced, fearful acts, which "Ann Coulter" brilliantly displays to us. AND WOW..what a display she has been. A huge thank you must go to both the ACLU, and to An,,,Sylvia Schwartz. You are simply unbelievable ..... REALLY!

    October 12, 2007 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  22. Diane Casper, NYC

    Shame on Donny Deutsch for giving her the courtesy of air time. She's a confirmed, self-proclaimed bigot and doesn't deserve to be heard. She probably would have thrived under Hitler!

    October 12, 2007 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  23. Michelle, NY NY

    Dane from Columbus said:

    "Really, what religious individual wouldn't want the rest of the world's population to accept their religion? Of course all Christians should want everyone else to be Christian, and the same goes for any other religion – according to their respective doctrines it is usually the only path to salvation."

    His remarks apply to Christianity and Islam, but they most certainly do not apply to Judaism. Judaism teaches that the righteous of all nations have a part in the world to come–if there is one and whatever it might be. In this context "righteous" is defined as adhering to the covenant between G-d and Noah. That is why Judaism does not seek converts. Although Judaism accepts converts on the same level as those who are born Jews, conversion is not encouraged. In the traditional conversion process, prospective converts are discouraged three times before they are accepted. The yoke of adhering to Jewish law is heavy, and being a Jew is often life-threatening. There is no need for a person not born to a Jewish mother to take up that yoke because doing so confers no additional benefits re salvation than righteously following the paths laid down by other traditions.

    Judaism is in no way an unperfected sort of proto-Christianity no matter what some Christian theologians may say. Judaism is an orthopraxy; Christianity is an orthodoxy. That is, Judaism is a practice; Christianity is a faith. Judaism does not require its practitioners to believe anything in particular. Maimonides did, under the influence of Aristotelian thought, codify what he felt were the core beliefs of Judaism, but Jews are not obliged to accept any or all of these beliefs. Judaism has no equivalent of the Nicene Creed.

    Essentially Judaism is traditionally based on a legal contract drawn up between G-d and the people of Israel and given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. While this contract requires that the people of Israel have no other gods but the G-d of Sinai, G-d does not have a non-compete clause, and presumably an eternal and almighty G-d can and has revealed himself to other peoples in other ways. The Hebrew scriptures record numerous instances in which the people of Israel were in breach of that contract. More than a few Jews today feel that G-d is currently in breach, given the events of the middle of the last century.

    Judaism can rightly be described as ethical monotheism and is centered on the law as it is promulgated in the Torah and interpreted and expounded in many other texts. The heart of Judaism is determining what behavior is ethical and then behaving accordingly. While individual Jews can and do fall short in their behavior, nonetheless observance of the law and adherence to ethical principles are the goals of observant Jews.

    Jews do not believe in the concept of original sin and therefore do not need to be redeemed from it. Jews are not overly concerned with life after death and are more concerned with the passing down of Jewish traditions from generation to generation.

    Saul of Tarsus broke away from those early followers of Christ (as represented by James) who wanted to remain in a Jewish context and developed a religion that was more in tune with the customs, thought, and organization of the Roman Empire, and that is how Christianity developed. With the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple, Judaism had to take a very different path–Rabbinic Judaism–from what Joshua of Nazareth experienced during his life. Thus while the two religions are certainly related, they are nonetheless very different. The Christian claim that Christianity perfected Judaism is profoundly offensive to Jews. Christians may believe that, but their belief is simply a belief and a belief held by fewer than half the world's population, no more no less. Some Christians, like Ann Coulter, may believe that the world would be a better place if everyone were Christian, but they are in the minority. I personally believe that the world would be a better place if everyone strove to live ethically and to follow the path of righteousness laid down by their own tradition or philosophy, whatever that might be.

    October 12, 2007 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  24. Abe, sakstoon

    Reply to gary!! I dont know what your means with your comment about!!! but the true is USA never will be involve in a war in middle east, if we are no supporting the jewish abuses in Palestine. At the end, Mel Gibson was right... all the problems of USA are the jewish looby in goverment. I am jewish but honest.

    October 12, 2007 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  25. Sunny, Ann Arbor, MI

    She is really IDIOT and STUPID. Christianity is a big HOAX which is just based on propaganda and power since last 2000 years or so. There are many religions which go way back in time and history.
    Anyway, I really pity the level of ignorance shown by such a mentally challenged person.
    Sorry, did not have any milder words than that. If you feel offended then please free welcome to fade out from public life.

    October 12, 2007 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
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