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. Art O, San Francisco, Ca

    Funny that THIS is what everybody gets bent out of shape about. Many people believe they are right and others wrong. I'd just love to see a "fellow" Christian or theologian dig into the "fast track" and "federal express" statements. Not much headline value there.

    October 11, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Sydney--El Paso, Texas

    Ann Coulter should NOT be given the platforms she is given to spout her prejudices and bigotries! I am a Republican who is ashamed to have her associated with the GOP! Perhaps she should go live in Germany. Then America would be much better!

    October 11, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Chris Atlanta, GA

    I'm not Christian nor am I Jewish, I respect people who believe the way they want to. America is supposed to be about tolerance and diversity. I can't belive anyone would be so ignorant. It's abusrd that anyone would throw away those principals.

    October 11, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Mike, Los Angeles, CA

    To Jon from Sacramento – Actually, Jesus is not a prophet in Judaism. He plays no part in Judaism whatsoever.

    October 11, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    As Right Wing Conservative Hebrew Catholic Christian I am offended by her insulting comments. If a Jewish person has not become Christian than pray for them and let them be, don't try to force them to change their religion, to suggest so is simply ridiculous.

    October 11, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. N.Breen, Gaithersburg, MD

    This ridiculous,offensive woman should
    marry Don Imus. They can wear their sheets on their heads & quit trying to pretend they are anything but the ignorant bigots they are.

    October 11, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Deb - Augusta, GA

    somebody needs to buy her a muzzle

    October 11, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Megan, San Diego, CA

    Why do we even bother paying any attention to the ignorant rantings of this pathetic excuse for a Christian? The only thing Ann Coulter truly believes in is self-promotion. Why anyone even bothers to interview her, buy her books or listen to her talk show is beyond all reason to me.

    October 11, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. soteris

    Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.—Colossians 4: 5-6

    October 11, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Tynkyr Belle from San Francisco, CA

    Jason posted: "And more good and tolerant Christians who actually practice what they preach role [sic] in their graves…"

    What, all three of them?

    October 11, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Roger, Denver CO

    She's a Republican Pundit. I am beginning to think that Republicans in general have no idea how or why this country was founded and simply don't have any place here.

    It took World War II to get facists out of Germany, hopefully we won't have to resort to extreme measures like that in the U.S.

    October 11, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Lisa, Batavia, IL

    Coulter may have said this for shock purposes, but this is just the kind of thing that the hate mongers will quote. It is completely irresponsible for a person of her position to fuel the fire of anti-semetism. She makes me sick to my stomach!!

    October 11, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Danny, KCMO

    She might be a best seller but she is obviously as ignorant as George Bush without having a grasp on reality. Anyone that is as "educated" as she claims she is to say something that idiotic deserves a darwin award. It is obvious she has no grasp of even christianity to call it a "FAST TRACK PROGRAM" reading this I continue to laugh at the notion it is obvious she has never read the bible or even the new testament for herself just a bunch of regurgitation of what has been implanted into her head to think speak and show that her theological conceptions are not those from within but those that have been placed there by those who wish to have "zombie" followers that think they have a grasp of what God is truly about. Being that I left christianity for Judaism does that make me less perfect? NOT at all just simply makes me different.

    October 11, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Patrick, Tulsa Oklahoma

    That was shocking even for her.

    October 11, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Paul, New York City, NY

    Anne Coulter just never stops. She proves that an education does not cure ignorance.
    All the education in the world can't help you when you have been surrounded by ignorant ideals your entire life.
    Her parents must really have screwed with her head.
    She should continue to be allowed to spew her hateful speach though. Its people like her that help us see the mentality that exists out there. It helps us prepare to fight those ideals.

    I am Irish Catholic and proud of it. But I have no business telling another religion or culture what is right.

    October 11, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Bob Hale

    As usual Coulter strikes out with only a tea-spoon full of knowledge. Her theology is weak. To quote Falwell, who re-0shaped the Christian message to fit his political bent, is unfortunate. Now A lot of Christians are broad-brushed by Counter's lack of solid Christian understanding.

    "Fast track" is NOT what Jesus was all about. To ignore the fullness of the Gospel message is to do everyone a dis-service, and it comes mighty close to blasphemy.

    Coulter's rants are beginning to suggest a childhood filled with some scary trauma! She certainly does the Grand Old Party no favors by speaking up as a "Republican" voice. The GOP was never, ever this vicious, misguided, or opportunistic as it has been since the right-wing voices of Christian fundamentalists gave the "ok" sign to GOP leadership to be nasty, and to use Jesus as a weapon.

    Shame on them; shame on us who allowed the GOP to sink to this level, and for it to allow such off-center thinking to become voices for the party!

    Bring back the GOP; send the hate-mongers like Coulter to a dark room.


    October 11, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Will (Miami)

    Rediculous...As A jewish American, I have no problem with Christians explaining their views, and even considering themselves to be perfected Jews. What I do have a problem with as that idiots like Ann Coulter say that other religions are the root to our country's problem on a national stage. This just promotes hatred and magnifies the problem. If she was half as smart as others claim to be, she would definately have known better.

    October 11, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Theresa

    This woman IS NOT a Christian. May God rebuke her for her ignorance and depravity.

    October 11, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Barry Dinglebaum

    The thing is, she wants the best of both worlds. When she says something completely outrageous as she said here, she wants people to simply believe "Oh, shes just looking for controversy, she doesn't REALLY believe what she says." Then, just as quickly, she wants to be a contributer on Fox News, etc., as a pundit with something actually important to say that should be believed. Doesn't work that way. Want to say outrageous things? Become a comedian.

    October 11, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. R. Crocker, Phoenix, AZ

    Ann Coulter is a headline hound. She's just trying to sell books. I'm thinking we should make COULTER the new "C" word.

    October 11, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Tia Nelson, Mesa, AZ

    I'm still trying to figure out why people still let Ann Coulter open her mouth and have a political forum when every time she opens her mouth she makes hundreds of people very angry.

    Educated-schmeducated. Some people allow their education to be sideswiped by their religion!

    October 11, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Dean Fox, Foster City, CA

    She wants America to look like the 2004 Republican convention? As is almost 100% Christian, white and wealthy? Where healthcare, poverty, competent public education, the Bill of Rights and the environment receive only a brief mention, while lower taxes, religious fundamentalism and gun rights dominate?

    Yeah, that's really what America should look like!

    October 11, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |


    October 11, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Christopher Majewski

    First..I'm tired of blatant hatred and cold-hearted remarks said with a smile.

    Secondly, If she was truly a religious person, she would abide by the 'Golden Rule' for one thing; additionally she wouldn't speak ill if nothing else was to be said. These comments are made just to give her a rise, which is simply sad.

    Third, Coulter is the snobby girl in the back corner of any given high school that thinks so highly of herself that she can't possibly let in any external perspectives from any source around her.

    I say let her bury herself in such rude, hateful remarks and she'll be smiling and smirking her way to social obscurity. She should have been there a long time ago.

    October 11, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Shari Miller, Denver CO

    Ann Coulter was born a couple of generations too late. What a good Nazi she would have been.

    October 11, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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