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. Mike Seaborne

    I'm sorry but this lady is really an idiot. I'm a laspsed Catholic and I believe the world has enough room for all faiths.
    I think Ms. Coulter should submit to a drug test, and go see a shrink!

    October 12, 2007 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. Chris, Cleveland OH

    Though she usually says patently offensive things, I think this time he was just totally over-reacting to an innocuous comment. She's right, it's way easier to be Christian than Jewish, and Christians want 'everyone' to become Christians. The host is kind of douchebag for becoming 'personally offended' as soon as someone mentions the bible or religion or judaism. There is no story here, I think he's just trying to inject himself into one.

    October 12, 2007 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. Mark Jeffery Koch, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

    America is a great country because people of all races and religions have worked to build a multi-cultural society where each person, no matter the color of their skin or the God they worship, is treated equally under the eyes of the law. After the attacks on 911 by intolerant people who
    perverted a great faith for evil intent the last thing we need now in our country is another person from another faith claiming that their faith is the only true faith. That kind of attitude will destroy America.
    What has made America so wonderful is the fact that Jews, Christians, and Moslems as well as citizens who moved here from more than one hundred different countries equally contributed to making America a place where one could maintain their ethnic identity without forcing their will (or religion or culture) on anyone else. What will defeat the followers of Bin Ladin as well as Ann Coulter is not weapons but the shared dream of no one's faith or beliefs being considered superior to anyone elses and everyone proud of who they are and working together for the common good. Coulter's "my faith is the only true faith" sounds more like Bin Ladin and the leader of Iran. She is not what America is truly about and she too perverts the American dream.

    October 12, 2007 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  4. George Keller, Gresham, OR

    She must be having another book coming out, she makes these outrageous comments to sell more books is my belief. Goes to show just how the right wing respects values – another bigot under the guise of being a "good" Christian. Someone should remind her that Jesus never converted from Judaism.

    October 12, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  5. Christopher B. Goldsmith El Paso Texas

    Ann Coulter self-maginalized years ago and continues to be the caterer of every party she attends.
    1500 years of Christian perfection and are Jews and Muslims completely fixed yet? No, we are broken, as still we live on.

    October 12, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. Leonid, Erie, CO

    "Tolerance" can only come from critical thinking which is basically a willingness to face objections to your own beliefs. It is a logical and philosophical impossibility to say one minute that everyone should believe just like you do and the next minute say you are tolerant. You can't fully tolerate and accept others until you are willing to put your own beliefs on trial. Certainly doesn't seem to be something Coulter is capable or willing to do.

    October 12, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. David Marks, Duquesne PA

    Ms. Coulter is a show biz entertainer and author who wants to sell books right now. Some are jealous, some are ouraged. Yes, she is terribly offensive, and likely believes none of her sensational drivel.

    Religion is difficult to defend, although people attempt to do just that with such passion [I'm right and everyone else is wrong]. Ms. Coulter is smart enough to know how to stir EVERYONE'S pot.

    October 12, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  8. Linda Meredith NH

    Once again, Ann Coulter proves that having an education does not necessarily prove ones intelligence.

    October 12, 2007 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  9. Mike

    But she is this ridiculous... just goes to show education doesn't equate to intelligence.

    October 12, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  10. yvette edelman lakewood nj

    SHAME SHAME..... are you going back to NAZIISM in a different form...i am ashamed of you for you and i for one will never provide you with 1 cent of my money for your books....i always read them....you and MEL GIBSON and his father make a nice trio.....why don't you leave us alone and go to some deserted island where you can spread your doctrine of hate to the animals on the island....again SHAME SHAME ON YOU........YVETTE E.......LAKEWOOD NJ.......oh by the way JESUS was JEWISH AND remained so forever..........you certainly do not follow his doctrine of peace......

    October 12, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Ann Coulter..............and this is what 1/2 of the USA thinks is good, compassionate and make her very rich with this idiocy?
    Wait until you read what she says about Elizabeth Edwards. TERRIBLE!

    October 12, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  12. Frank Nova

    Liberals are perfected Conservatives.

    October 12, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  13. Chet Myrtle Beach

    The truth hurts sometimes!

    October 12, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  14. Nate Tucson, Arizona

    I don't care how educated she is! She is that dumb. As a Jew I am not even offended. She is so ignorant her rants are meaningless. She has repeatedly exposed herself as a dolt. I wish i knew why anyone gives her the time of day.

    October 12, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  15. Julia Baltimore, MD

    Someone, please put this woman out of her misery... or at least, out of ours. Stupid, narrow-minded people like Ms. Coulter are making this world a living hell.

    October 12, 2007 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  16. Austin, London Ontario

    You see? This is what religion does to people. It poisons society in exactly this manner. Can't we all accept that the world is billions of years old and we weren't created from a pile of dirt and a rib-woman??

    October 12, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  17. Maya Tee, Baltimore MD

    Ann Coulter wishes women in America did not vote, and she wants us all to be one religion. She should move to Afghanistan.

    October 12, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  18. Matthew, Greensboro NC

    It is time for rational thought in our world. Any myth based beliefs will lead us to this type of discourse. Anyone that bases their thinking on ancient beliefs with no foundation in reality is cause for alarm. This woman's comments aren't an affront to the Jews – they are an outrage to rational people. We should all be afraid. This is just another example of faith based nonsense.

    October 12, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  19. David Patterson

    Why does CNBC give Coulter the opportunity to spew such garbage and why does CNN consider this newsworthy?
    She is merely marketing Ann Coulter books to uneducated conservatives. Pointing out Ann Coulters' ignorance is not news.

    October 12, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. Judith Perkasie PA

    Well honestly, doesn't everyone with faith think their religion is the perfected one? Otherwise, what's the point of believing it?

    October 12, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. Andrew, Rockford Ill

    So... then would Muslims be perfected Christians following her logic?

    October 12, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  22. Vincent, Charlotte, NC

    Coulter, Limbaugh and the rest of those cronies: they can claim they are Christians but their hate betrays them. Christians, like me, are NOT right all the time nor perfect. If you think you are, you missed this important piece of info: Romans 3:9-10
    What then? are we better than they? No, ... for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
    10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. And Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
    Whether she believes what she says or not, Coulter at least is willing to show herself to as ignorant and pathetically starved for validation. I'll pray for her since she wants to (and perhaps is) a bitter old woman hiding behind an ugly facade of black humor. Pity her perhaps, but don't defend her.

    October 12, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  23. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    George, Lynnwood, WA, summed it up pretty much for me.

    I am glad that America is finally seeing that the neo-con emperor has no clothes.

    For over twenty-five years, these neo-cons have promoted fear and hatred in the guise of conservative "values."

    October 12, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  24. Nikki, Robins AFB, GA

    Unbelievable. As usual, she has diarrhea of the mouth, and constipation of a clue. But, free speech being free speech...

    October 12, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  25. Tom, Winston-Salem, NC

    I am a Bible-believing, conservative Christian (i.e. normally you'd expect someone like me to watch Fox News and vote Republican: I don't), and I thought Coulter's comments were stupid. It shows that her view of her own faith is woefully inadequate. I know what she's getting at, but if you can read the teachings of Jesus and someone walk away with "a fast track" idea of Christianity, maybe you're reading an another gospel.

    I also would love to see more Jews convert to Chrsitianity (how could I not if I truly believe that Jesus "saves"?), but I think such conversions would have little to do with an ideal America and are infinitely distant from the Republican National Convention.

    October 12, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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