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. David Jackel, Boston, MA

    Never do I feel more proud to be a liberal than when Coulter opens her trap.

    October 12, 2007 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  2. Toni Richman, Santa Monica, CA

    Jewish religion is racist. A rabbi told me that some jews are very racist towards blacks and asian believing that they are not G_d's people. I feel this is very racist attitude that you have to be born into a religion that says you are the "chosen people" and everyone is a second class citizen.

    October 12, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  3. Elway7

    I noticed that most of the posts on here are against her. I guess that's what you get from left wing CNN. I'm only here on this because we have firewalls here at work and I can't get on FOX news. I try to sway away from socialists as much as possible. But that is getting hard to do...in this country of liberal P.C/propaganda...

    October 12, 2007 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  4. Tom, Gainesville, FL

    I can not take Ann Coulter seriously. No one with an education can be that ignorant. She's either gotten so brainwashed by her religion and drunk on her politics that she's lost touch with reality, or she's simply a republican version of a shock jock, ala Rush Limbaugh and his wannabe protoges. She's in the same newsworthy class as Paris Hilton, though not as entertaining, just irritating.

    October 12, 2007 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  5. Peter Pittsburgh PA

    Everyone should read Ben Kennedy's comments below (posted 10/11 11:41pm) before going off the deep end or attacking Ann Coulter. He is dead on the money. From a religous perspective, it is not bigotry to say that G-d's covenant with the Jews was to obey laws and His covenant with Christians was something different, nor is it bigotry to say that Christians accept both New and Old Testament while Jews accept only the Old, and the reason that many Jews consider it so is they are not religious and read this as an attack on their own religion, which they do not understand because they dont practice it.

    I happen to be a Jew who practices his religion and think that any attacks on Ann Coulter for this one comment (I'm not defending anything else she has said) is the result of either religious misunderstanding on the part of the criticizers or politically motivated.

    I certainly disagree that things would be better if everyone converted to Christianity, but I also understand that religious Christians who prostelysize view their actions as sharing a great gift they have been given with others, not bigotry.

    October 12, 2007 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  6. Bill Oranting

    With people like Ann in the republican camp, is it any wonder that we are mired in Iraq and may be soon in Iran???

    October 12, 2007 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  7. Vishy, Seatte WA

    "Most Christians I know think that the world would be a better place if we were all followers of the teachings of Christ. And we would be."

    I was raised Hindu, and am a practicing Buddhist. So it's perhaps ironic that I agree with this statement, while most Christians here seem to be appalled by it.

    That aside, I find it hard to imagine how one could be a devout follower of any faith without truly believing deep down that it's appropriate for others, too. Saying it in public might be a different thing...

    October 12, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  8. Can Ann

    He asked her opinion, she gave it. What's the big deal? Ask most people and they won't say their real opinion, they'll say what it's considered correct, or in his words "educated" to say. She didn't say anything bad about jews, or their religion or them as people. If Ann Coulter can still offend you, then chances are you're the problem. She's a proven war monger and an idiot, and if you don't want her opinion, don't ask. But if you ask...

    October 12, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  9. Bahar, Los Angeles, Ca

    This is almost as ridiculous as Ahmadinejads comment about "Holocust never happened". What is happening to people in the 21st Century????
    Religion doesn't even mean Worshipping God any more!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  10. Madeleine, Indianapolis, IN

    Democrats winning Nobel Peace Prizes. Republicans saying things of this nature.

    October 12, 2007 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  11. angel, kissimmee, florida

    well it seems that when she speaks , the sound comes from her butt.

    October 12, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  12. Sandeep, Dublin Ireland

    I can understand the tendency to react to these statements in an emotional way, but I suggest we all take a deep breath and relax.

    This is Ann Coulter we are talking about.

    No educated person, regardless of political stance, should take her seriously. She has proven multiple times over to be nothing more than a second tier shock jock. It doesn't matter that she has books, TV shows, and media apperances. So does Howard Stern. And he is way more entertaining.

    October 12, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  13. Elwat7

    After reading all these posts.. I can see why you liberals call yourselves the tolerant party...I mean with all the threats on her life and wanting her injured...Sounds like a liberal abortion party is in order..I guess hurting Ann would be easy after killing unborn children...

    October 12, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  14. Zooks, NY, NY

    Not the sharpest crayon is she....

    October 12, 2007 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  15. Chuck P., Portland, OR

    Typical neo-fascist response from another fundamentalist evangelical cult member as a true Christian would never made such a comment. When are the Christians in America going to take their faith back from these nut jobs like Coulter, Robertson, Falwell, etc.?

    October 12, 2007 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  16. TCRNYL, NY, NY

    Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize for spreading the word about global warming on behalf of the United Nations, whereas the Republican right's prize publicist is an anorexic anti-Semite who, rhetorically, flashes her panties on national TV. That should tell you all you need to know about how to vote in 2008.

    October 12, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  17. Dan Garcia Brookhaven, Pa

    Is anything this idoit says even relevent? The only time we see Coulter in the news or hear anything from or about her is when she is making her latest "shocking and offensive" statement. This is the equivalent of a small child acting out for attention and a very tired routine.

    October 12, 2007 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  18. Sean Northrop, Altoona, PA

    Coulter has a religion, it just isn't Christianity. Her's is a religion of making a buck, which she practices quite well. Once people start to ignore her, she comes up with a off the wall statement, and ka-ching, she is in the money again.

    October 12, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  19. Susanna, Asheville, NC

    I don't care how "educated" she is, she is one of the most self-centered,idiotic, ridiculous people on this planet and I don't know why they even give that women any air time at all. Every time that woman opens her mouth something even more ridiculous than before comes out. We really just need to ignore her.

    October 12, 2007 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  20. greg from perry hall maryland

    Well, here we go again listening to this poor excuse of a human being who thinks that she is an educated paragon of feminine pulchritude. This is so comical it is ridiculous. As an American and especially a Christian I am ashamed of Anne Coulter. Keep this joke off the air-she doesn't deserve the time.

    October 12, 2007 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  21. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    Ann Coulter is a mean spirited individual who is a poster child for the Republican Party. How can she get away with her outrageous comments about Jews? Bill and Hillary Clinton? Elizabeth and John Edwards? Al Gore? Someone needs to take her to task for all of her hateful comments. I wonder what her Church thinks about her comments? On last comment – God does not discriminate against anyone – wake up and smell the roses Ann!

    October 12, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  22. Matt, New York, New York

    Ms. Coulter,

    You are a disgrace to your country.

    October 12, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  23. Dan, Tampa, FL

    If we all stop paying attention to her, i.e., ignore her, we deny her the publicity that she craves. She is irrelevant in my world, and she should be in yours as well. That's how you make the boogeyman, rather boogeywoman disappear (definition: an imaginary monster that frightens children).

    October 12, 2007 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  24. Anonymous

    "Intolerant and stupid" is you all saying Coulter does not have the right to religious beliefs you don't like. What exactly is offensive about a Christian asserting their beliefs are right? Is it really a secret that Christians have diferent beliefs than Jews? Why are you all so surprised?

    October 12, 2007 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  25. Gulam Samdani, Chicago IL

    It is funny, How politically correct we have to be in this world. A person who served the floors of Temple of Solomon for years, beating muslims black and blue with her words. Drops costly oil on the head of today's conservatives and oops she is thrown out of the solomon's temple. As much as I don't like to talk good about this lady. What she has said is just the truth. So this world has become so constrained that no one can even show an ambition that everyone follows the faith they are following. Its like a sin these days to be missionary, be it a christian or an Islamic missionary. Everyone is forced by the political correctness to say all religions are equal and correct. This is not good for a society. Because political correctness is not truth. And truth is a lot needed by this society. But Ann you deserved getting discredited for being merciless in your attitude toward others. Let me tell what Jesus (PBUH) told. "May the person who has never sinned throw the first stone at this sinner".

    October 12, 2007 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
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