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. Bob Archer, Chico, CA

    To Caleb in Louisiana,

    Yeah, sure, that's what the "liberal media" does all the time: takes what Rush and Ann say and twists their comments out of context. No, the real problem is that those two idiots don't know how to shut up. They say nothing intelligent and are driven by their various hatreds (and most likely, their multiple neuroses, paranoias, and insecurities) to constantly distort the facts or outright lie in their never-ending attempts to smear their enemies, and place the blame for misguided and ineffectual conservative policies not on the people who devise them and carry them out, but on imagined left-wing subversives. Limbaugh and Coulter are the engineers of their own failures, not the fanciful "liberal media" that right-wing nutcases like them love to blame for everything they themselves screw up. It's been two presidential terms of right-wing rule, and it's been a total mess. Can't blame the "liberals" for that.

    October 12, 2007 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  2. Ed, Heidelberg Germany

    I am not sure why many people, for and against Coulter say how smart she is. It is fairly obvious this biggoted harpy constantly sounding her one note horn is not intelligent at all. The only reason she appears to be so is in comparison to the bottomless ignorance of her supporters and the vacuous stupidity of the decider in chief, she may appear to be smarter than them. It is all realtive.

    October 12, 2007 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  3. Ira R, Boynton Beach, FL

    Ann Coulter enjoys the income she gets from creating controversy under the banner of freedom of speech. She also suffers from Hoof In Mouth disease just like the president of Iran and Hitler.

    October 12, 2007 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  4. Thomas Goomis - Zurich Switzerland

    If Coulter and Deutsch are so 'educated' they wouldn't be having this conversation at all. Really, are they having a tizzy-fit over whether Jews or Christians own the rights to preach ownership of the old testaments' laws? Anyone that is siding one way or the other with the idiocy of this TV sponsored hype-fest needs to read Christopher Hitchen's book: God is not Great – how religion poisons everything. Get educated, not sucked into a potted argument that will never end with a logical conclusion, no less a winner.

    October 12, 2007 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  5. Billy Bob, Charlotte NC

    First of all, Ann's comments were not racist, and I get so disgusted when I hear that type of argument made. When/why did "Jewish" become a "race" instead of a "religion". Ann's comments were not racist, they were Christian fundamentalist. Whether those beliefs are right or wrong is a debate which will never end, so I won't even touch on it more than mentioning that I won't touch on it.

    Let's look at it simply. Christians, dogmatically, believe that the Jews got it right up to the point when Jesus showed up. Then there was a fork. Enter Christianity. Some time passes, and some dude named Luther shows up. Another fork. Enter Protestantism.

    Ok, I have a point here, honest. Christians believe Jews aren't 100% correct. Catholics believe Protestants aren't 100% correct. Protestants believe Catholics aren't 100%. And, they all "wish" that everyone else would get it right.

    And that's just the Judeo-Christian timeline. If you want to add Islam and Hinduism and Buddhism and Flying Spaghetti Monster to the list, it just gets more complicated.

    Now, does a Protestant saying "Catholics aren't 100% right" make him/her racist? No. Makes him/her fundamentalist. Ann's comments, while stupid and insensitive, were fundamentalist.

    We hear the term Religious Fundamentalism and think immediately about people blowing themselves up. That's what happens when fundamentalism is taken too far. Christian fundamentalism can be taken too far, too. It's called the KKK.

    Ann tried, poorly, to spew fundamentalist thinking. And, while she was, as always, made into a spectacle, was she wrong? I'm not asking if her beliefs are wrong, I'm asking if her saying "Christians believe that Judaism isn't 100% correct" is fact or fiction.

    Let me ask another way. If a professor of world religions got up on a stage and explained that Muslims believe Jesus to be a prophet and not G_d, would it be right to call him/her a racist? Or anti-semetic? or anti-Christian? Absolutely not! The professor is not stating his beliefs, just the facts of the teachings of a certain religion.

    So, to recap. Stop calling her "racist". Call her "stupid" and "mean" and whatever else you want to call her. But, not racist.

    She was set up by Deutsch. He wanted good TV. He got good TV. Look how many people are talking about it.

    If a professor of world religions got up there and said word for word what Ann said, it wouldn't have gotten nearly as much of a reaction.

    October 12, 2007 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  6. russia

    at this point in America, anything politically incorrect is golden

    October 12, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  7. B. Jerusalem Israel

    Coulter's remarks are only as anti-semitic as the religion she is speaking on behalf of. What she said accurately reflects Christianity's views of Judaism. As an orthodox jew, I'm not offended...I just think that she, and 2 billion other Christians are simply dead wrong. No offence intended and none taken. Only people ignorant of both Christianity and Judaism would be suprised or offended.

    October 12, 2007 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  8. T. Williams, Bent Fork, TN

    There's your poster child for the GOP, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Nazi bimbo Ann Coulter.

    As far as I am concerned, the knuckle-dragging neoconservaive Republicans can have her.

    October 12, 2007 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  9. Brandon Eleby, Charleston, SC

    I feel like I'm at a flea market! My crap is more important than yours! That is my reply to any religious persona because . . . until you hand me any solid proof, GO BLOW YOUR JESUS DOLLS! And attah your "truth" argument to the blowing business!

    October 12, 2007 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  10. Pennywheight, Stanford, CA

    Religion = Positive & negative self- deception
    Religion = Takes your hard working money and tells you you will be in a "heaven" one day with the rest of the self-deceivers!!!

    Religion = dillusion & psychosis

    October 12, 2007 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  11. Allie, New York NY

    To put it in a different perspective, if a Jewish pundit said something along the lines of "You have the right intentions with the God thing but all this Jesus worship and the paintings and statues of him are nothing short of idolatry ala the golden calf", everyone would go into fits about it. But because Judaism isn't about pushing your religion on others, it doesn't really happen. It's ridiculous how it's alright to make a call on someone of another religion in favour of 'enlightening' them. If people spent more time worrying about their own adherence to good morals and stopped worrying about everyone else's, we'd have a world full of better people.

    October 12, 2007 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  12. carvalho

    Why does anyone listen to this hen? I think diversity is what makes US a lot more interesting. Having it all WASP (or should I say Arian?) would make it terribly boring. I still wonder why people listen to this Coulter creep, she should be at home taking care of her children and cooking for her husby, if you listen to her values.

    October 12, 2007 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  13. mike ,kapolei , hawaii

    Hitler also wanted a perfect race,
    Ann if not for the jews , you wouldnt
    be a Christian ...there goes your
    theory of perfection ...

    October 12, 2007 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  14. mike valente,wpb fl

    Oh, lighten up. Ann is just a great writer and humorist...... a great racist homophobic humorist and writer. You know, like Hitler.

    October 12, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  15. matthew, portland or

    she's a nappy headed hoe.

    October 12, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  16. Tim, Los Angeles, CA

    Nothing that Coulter should be shocking to anyone. It's VERY old news! Orthodox Christianity, like Judaism and Islam, teaches that there is only ONE way to God. It just so happens that that way, according to Christianity, is through Jesus. This is not new information. Jesus himself offended plenty of Jews, because he was telling them things they didn't want to hear. Sound familiar?

    But Jesus also COMMANDED that, to follow him, you must be led by LOVE and COMPASSION for your fellow man, not hatred and condemnation. Coulter wasn't being hateful or racist. She was expressing HER belief system. She is NOT calling for Jews, or anybody else, to have ANYTHING done to them, other than to consider HER beliefs.

    It is not, therefore, "anti-Jewish" (how silly, in the context of Jesus, a JEW) to say the SAME THINGS Jesus said ("there's only one way to get to heaven, and it's through me")...it's PRO-CHRISTIAN.

    If you don't want to believe that, FINE! Believe whatever you want...you HAVE that free will. But don't be so "offended" when someone says the same thing that Jesus said 2,000 years ago, as if it's all of a sudden new information! Oy!

    October 12, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  17. Winston Hsia, San Antonio Texas

    When you hear any of the following statement, run as fast as you can.

    1. God says....
    2. I'm a sinner and I'm perfect.
    3. Your god is....
    4. My god is better.
    5. I'm doing God's work.

    October 12, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  18. Beckett, Oxford MS

    What a moron. It's so unfortunate that she is one of the most prominent female political pundits. How sad.

    October 12, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  19. noel, portland or

    too bad all you idiots will never know that god isn't real. yes, some angel impregnated a virgin and he died on a cross and his body vanished and he reappeared as a ghost to save us from the evil angel. sounds very intelligent.

    October 12, 2007 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  20. tim, milwaukie or

    her adam's apple is pretty hot

    October 12, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  21. Joe, San Francisco, CA

    Billy Bob in Charlotte: In my experience/opinion, "Jewish" is actually a religion, a culture, and an ethnicity - mainly because Jews came from a very finite set of countries and areas over the last millenium, especially Jews that ended up in the United States (watch Fiddler on the Roof and tell me that it's just a religion, not a culture and ethnicity).

    That being said, what bothers me most is not what Ms. Coulter says about Jews, it's that her vision of the "perfect" United States is one that is 100% Christian. Since one of the remarkable things about the U.S. is our diversity, her vision of america is just kind of sad. She not so much dumb or attention-seeking, as accidentally letting slip that she longs for an aryan nation.

    October 12, 2007 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  22. J. Alan Shemelya; Orlando, FL

    This is all the is 'right' and 'wrong' with the Republican Party. She is as far right – as you get, leads a very myoptic life with respect to 'what' are values, religion and tolerance. She is exactly what's 'wrong' with the Republican Party and their followers. She is educated but stupid. She is informed but misinforms.

    I use to get angry by her comments. Today, I pity her and her followers. She will tagged in history as 'one' example of why in November 2008 this country will take dramatic steps to change our destructive behavior over the past 7 years.

    October 12, 2007 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  23. G. Mann, Phila. Pa

    Dear Ann,
    You may remain in the circle of politics but please, stay out of the realm of religion. You don't represent Christians nor should you speak for us.

    October 12, 2007 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  24. Sarah, Turberville, TN

    Once a fan of Coulter's, I must now admit that she's become an entertainer more than anything. You have to realize that most of her rhetoric is just that -rhetoric. Ann has more eduaction behind her than most could ever dream of. Come on, Ann, we know you've got an intelligent argument in there somewhere. Let's here it!

    October 12, 2007 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  25. Danny, Las Vegas, NV

    Why do TV networks continue to let this bag of hate spew forth her diobilical filth?

    October 12, 2007 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
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