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. LOL

    Jon Sacramento :

    Looks like your back again making asinine comments and from the looks of it your one of the USA's ignoramus jesus freaks village buffons – the so called saved brigade that think they are high and mighty and everyone else is going to hell.

    Well wake up ! You lot are simply lining the pockets of your evangelical preachers with your donations and tithe offerings, and what you get in return is temporary high from screaming your lungs out in ardent fervour hoping your prayers will be heard up on high.

    October 12, 2007 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  2. Peter, Kansas City MO

    To Adam Goldstein, Chapel Hill NC, 11 Oct, 11:44PM


    Relax, let's not get all worked up here. As a Jew, I am not at all bothered by Coulter's rather boorish commentary. She can believe what she wants to and she can say it on CNBC or CNN or in a book or on the radio. She has First Amendment rights and can exercise them. Do you think that world religious and political leaders really care about what Ann Coulter says? You want them to condemn her? If they do, shame on them and shame on you for encouraging them to waste their time and ours. Also, guess what... there are African Americans, Asians, Latinos and Gays who may agree with her (you see, Adam, they might be right wing and Christian to boot). Frankly, at the end of the day today, when I go to synagogue, I will do so as a free American man... whether Ann Coulter believes what I am doing is imperfect or not.

    Bottom line: unless Coulter is interfering with my rights to practice as a Jew and to support the causes I support, I have no issue with her.

    If you are on the Left, my friend, we call it... honoring diversity. I honor Ann Coulter's rights to speak her mind. No one is forcing you to do the same.

    October 12, 2007 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  3. John C. Randolph, Cupertino, California

    Christians are not "perfected Jews". To be precise, from the viewpoint of Jewish law, christians are heretics who deny the oneness of god, and blasphemers who claim that a man was equal to god. They do not keep the sabbath, they do not keep kosher, and they pick and choose which laws to give lip service to. For a full measure of horror, they even claim that one of their ceremonies is cannibalism! (Seriously, you can't come up with anything more traif in Jewish law than eating human flesh, and even pretending to do so is morally repugnant.)

    I'm no talmudic scholar myself, but the fact is that Judaism is a monotheistic religion, and christianity is not.

    Not that it matters to me, since it's all mythology anyway, but I find it hilarious that Coulter would presume to tell the people from whose mythology her own superstitions were plagiarized and distorted that they need to be "perfected". Is she in some kind of contest with Al Sharpton to see who can shove their foot deeper in their own mouth?


    October 12, 2007 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  4. Becca , LA ,CA

    This is very offensive. I am Jewish. i recently graduated from highschool. I had two encounters with teachers who say they are not anti jews but told me i was going to hell because i do not accept JC as my savior. In school i ws forced to participate especially in elemetary school in christian activities. I was forced to celebrate halloween, chritmas and easter. Many of aour public school teachers need a crash sourse in religous sensitivity. Part of me wants to move out of this christian state, i am offened and i am not very religous. Ann coulter is a sorry excuse for a human who enjoys harming people.

    October 12, 2007 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  5. suzanne roberts, CA moraga

    Wow! I'm not Jewish, and I hate to be discriminating, but these kinds of comments could only have come from a "dumb blond"...ahem...no offense.

    October 12, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  6. Joshua, Boston, MA

    She's a sick woman if that's what she believes. This country was founded in religious freedom. Besides, the man she worships, Jesus, practiced Judaism. So what would happen is all Christians converted to Judaism, they'd be more like Jesus! Perhaps Ann Coulter should follow Jesus and practice her religion the same way as he did, by following Judaism and respecting others beliefs.

    October 12, 2007 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  7. Michelle, NY NY

    Billy Bob said:

    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"

    Actually, Billy Bob, Judaism is a religion which is practiced by Jews. There are only two ways to become a Jew–be born to a Jewish mother or go through the traditional conversion process. (Very recently some reform Jews now consider the child of a Jewish father also to be a Jew, but the fact that these same reform Jews will also eat cheeseburgers at McDonald's doesn't alter kashruth.) There are very few Jewish converts, so for the most part being Jewish is a matter of the source of one's mitochondrial DNA. A Jew is born a Jew and remains a Jew no matter what, even if he/she is voluntarily baptized a Christian, attends church, etc. Such a baptized Jew would be considered an apostate, but would nonetheless be a Jew. A Jew can be an atheist and many are (even some who are observant), but they are still Jews.

    Race is a cultural construct, and the usefulness, even the definition, of the term is questionable. But it is true that Jews are somewhat akin to a race since membership in the group in the overwhelming majority of cases is conveyed by blood. Perhaps ethnicity or tribe would be better terms than race. But what is not true is that Jewishness is solely a religion.

    The Nazis certainly understood this distinction, since they endeavored to kill everyone with Jewish ancestors, even those who were baptized Christians (see, for example, Edith Stein).

    So the answer to your rhetorical question as to when did Jews become a race (or, better, tribe or people) is that the tribal status, the genetic bond, predates the religion.

    October 12, 2007 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  8. Jonathan, Long Island, NY

    As a liberal and an atheist I personally find nothing wrong with what Ms. Coulter said. I am shocked to see so many people so easily offended in todays world. All she did was tell this reporter what everybody already knows, that christians consider themselves to be perfected and cloaked in the robe of Jesus. Nothing offensive about those beliefs. She would say the same thing to me as an atheist, to muslims, buddhists, or any other person who follows a different way of life. They are taught in the bible to be fishers of those people, to show them the "truth" ... these people are truly "imperfect" unless clothed in the righteousness of christ.

    October 12, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  9. David H. Grisham Amarillo, TX.

    Ann Coulter is right on. Judaism is the root of Christianity and Christians would like to see Jews mature and bloom into the destiny of the perfection of their faith. Christ is their Messiah as well. That is the exact opposite of what the enemies of the Jewish people would like to see. We don't want Judaism destroyed, we want it fulfilled.

    October 12, 2007 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  10. RS, Denver, CO

    Its time to fire this anti-semite. What a shame for someone to say such a thing. Maybe the United States would be better off without all the right-wing Christians like this idiot. If she does not get fired it shows how bad the religous right is getting. Come on people...grow a brain!

    October 12, 2007 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  11. Darcie Padilla, Philadelphia Pa

    This 37 year old multi-racial, free speech loving, patriot act hating, SUPER liberal minded woman thinks that Ann Coulter is the most ignorant, racist, uneducated, hateful person alive. I just wish that she would just die already. She spreads her hate filled messages through the media, and I have to wonder why we would give someone like her the time of day. Stop giving her an outlet to speak her garbage, and stop selling her books! I think she should be arrested for hate crimes. Her punishment should be having to rebuild houses for all of the victims in New Orleans. Let her come to some of my neighborhood's in Philadelphia and help with the revitalization projects!

    October 12, 2007 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  12. Tony, Tallahassee, Florida

    She's a far right, Bush brainwashed Republican. OF COURSE she can be that offensive, shortsighted, and stupid.

    I think the world would be a better place if her and her ilk weren't around. So I guess we're even.

    October 12, 2007 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  13. Vitor Vieira, Porto, Portugal

    Well, I guess Einstein was right: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
    That's the problem about religions: each one considers itself the one and only.
    And I still don't understand how come that a country with so many atheists still have the say "In God We Trust" in its signs...

    October 12, 2007 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  14. Berkeley, CA

    I think it's gotten to a point where our only option is to ignore the nonsense coming out of Ann Coulter's "mouth."

    And uh, to you Jason, yes she can be this ridiculous. Have you ever heard anything else she's said?

    October 12, 2007 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  15. Ron Coble, Huntsville, AL

    The validity of God's promises to Abraham and Jacob to bless their descendants is corroborated by the fact that God blesses Jews today with far more wisdom, power and money than any other similar size group. God's greatest blessing to Jews and gentiles is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who came to us through the Jews. Ann Coulter made a courageous statement. It is impossible for those of us that know Christ to not wish that all know him – especially the Jews.
    Romans 1:16 (New International Version)
    I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

    October 12, 2007 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  16. Jvas2, Gloversville, NY

    She knows how to target her market, and apparently Jews aren't a part of it. Three cheers for most Jews!
    Better to be sorted out as God's own now, thanks the mouth of a straight haired blondie headed ho, then to be associated with her and her form of christio-fascism.

    October 12, 2007 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  17. J Vukelich, Randolph, New Jersey

    Yeah....she is a good example of Christian tolerance. I'm disgusted to be associated with someone like through being Christian. She's scary.

    October 12, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  18. Cindy, London Ky

    This is whole column is unbelievable. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people claim to have the insights on what God thinks, or wants from an imperfect race that HE created, and KNOWS is imperfect to begin with. How about using faith as a responsibility to yourself to act,be, and treat others with the same respect you want to be treated. Stop presuming you know what God thinks or wants for the world. Have FAITH that your doing what is right for yourself and your path to heaven, or whatever place you end up going to when you die. Reality is, NO one knows where they will go on the other side till they get there. Right?

    October 12, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  19. Cameron, Los Angeles, CA.

    Coulter once again reveals herself as an awful, awful, person who should not have any media attention of any kind.

    October 12, 2007 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  20. ldm, Overland Park, KS

    People like Coulter only make me all the prouder to be an atheist.

    October 12, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  21. Andrew Minneapolis Minnesota

    Why is Ann Coulter still invited to these talk shows? We certainly don't need any more proof of her complete offensiveness to intelligent people everywhere. She's the living proof that a formal education doesn't necessarily lead to intelligent thinking.

    October 12, 2007 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  22. Elway7

    I have all her books.. she is great. Yes she can be abrasive at times but she is right 9 times out of ten.

    October 12, 2007 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I cant believe we have people like this in our society.

    October 12, 2007 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  24. Tom, Indiana

    Given the way liberals blame Jews and Israel for all evils in the world, you'd think liberals would now embrace Ms. Coulter.

    Spoken like a true Republican...
    Very adept at the Karl Rove school of "lies as truth" propaganda.

    October 12, 2007 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  25. Anonymous

    I cant believe we have people like Ann Coulter in our society.

    October 12, 2007 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
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