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, Milaca, Minnesota

    Coulter is an anti-semitic lowlife. Her fifteen minutes were up long ago and she should be ignored. It's difficult to understand how so many find her illogical banter helpful.

    October 12, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  2. Daleri

    Christians are the ones that are perfected (by the Jewish teaching that Christianity is). Us Gentiles are the ones that have been perfected and need to be perfected. The Jewish teaching is not supposed to change. Jews do not believe in other gods. We all believe in the God of Israel. You know, the one (man) that gave Israel his name. People seem to love confusing themselves. It's not that hard to understand but people are afraid of dialogue. There is something going on between Jews and Christians. It really is the same teaching after all.

    October 12, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  3. Jon S. Ann Arbor, Michigan

    She is bile, personified. Remember, she is all about publicity and selling books and shilling her talks, in which she reiterates her bile.

    It's unfortunate that there is a single human being on this planet that respects her. I suspect some of those people even consider themselves "Good" Christians. Very, very sad.

    October 12, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  4. John J. Stull, Kansas

    What an Idiot.

    October 12, 2007 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  5. Donald Bean, Tampa FL

    As a devout Jew, I don't quite agree with her comments, but it's good for discourse to see opposite views getting some attention. Liberals whine & moan all day long about our freedoms being curtailed or abolished, to include freedom of speech, yet they are the first to scream censorship when they read/hear something contrary to their beliefs and opinions. This is but just one more example of someone twisting/spinnnig the facts into a national crisis, and neither side of the political fence is clean.
    BTW, I guess Becca from LA didn't learn how to spell or run spell-check in high school and you need a crash course in spelling & grammar...what is "chritmas?!?" Errors notwithstanding, your post is a sorry excuse of the whining aforementioned.

    October 12, 2007 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  6. Sean, Rogers Arkansas

    There's more hatred and bigotry in these comments than there was in Coulter's remarks, by a long shot. She was asked what the US would look like "in her dreams", and she answered. Any Christian could say the same–keep in mind that to a Christian, becoming a Christian is a good thing for ANYONE. There is no hatred nor anti-semitism in wishing all Jews (or Muslims, or Buddhists, or what-have-you, for that matter) would become Christians.
    Granted, she did not go into technical detail so her comments were a bit rough-and-ready...but there is nothing offensive in them.
    No Christian I can think of would consider it "hatred" or "bigotry" if a Jew were to state that their ideal world would be one where everyone had converted to Judaism–it would be par for the course for any person of faith.

    You folks should be ashamed of all the vitriol loosed in this thread–many of you have no room whatsoever to reprimand Ms. Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  7. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    This is also the woman who thinks the 9/11 widows enjoyed their husband's deaths, that you should ask John Edwards about his dead child and that women shouldn't vote.

    She's like the playground bully – says what she wants, then whines she was just kidding.

    If the conservatives took her off their talk shows and those truly Christian who don't feel she represents them didn't listen, watch or buy her books, the country would be better off.

    For all the evangelicals who hate the reputation they are earning for being intolerant, just thank Ann Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  8. Drew, Kansas City, MO

    She makes me vomit in the back of my throat. What an idiot. Aren't her 15 minutes up yet?

    October 12, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  9. Doug, NYC

    Who needs more proof of Coulter's racist, bigoted bias? As if people didn't know who she was and what she thinks.

    But of course, with such miserable hate speech coming out of her, hopefully people will now wise up.

    What? Pat Buchanan wasn't nasty enough?

    October 12, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  10. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Who actually ever considered her intelligent? No education can disguise a double digit IQ. She just proves what many atheists have been saying all along: religion is for people who can't understand science. Both religions wait for a messiah, and the adherents of both religions are stood-up brides at the altars of logic. Logic rebukes religion as antiquated superstitious nonsense. Perusal of their literature is evidence enough.

    October 12, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  11. Billy Newport

    Coulter is in narcissist heaven. True Christian tolerance is measured by humility and tolerance–not ignorance and humiliation. To even listen to her rantings should be a crime against nature...like her "blonde" hair.

    October 12, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  12. Joe Tuminello Wilmington, DE

    Sounds rather aryan to me.

    October 12, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Lisa Benjamin, Brooklyn, NY

    Everyone understands Ann Coulter is a hate monger...so why do the networks legitimize her by inviting her on legitimate programs?! If they didn't give her a platform, she would be relegated to shouting her inane and insane views on the street corner and then people would be able to see her for what she is – a crazy person.

    October 12, 2007 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. Lee San Antonio

    Rumor has it that Ann Coulter has secretly married Osama bin Laden and together they are forming the "perfected Judaism" church which will blend the extreme views of both of their religious fanaticisms to create a middle road. The Clintons will be their ministers of sexual practice for the masses, and the Bush family will educate everyone so that no child is left behind. Hopefully, I've slimed everyone equally.

    The forefathers of this country understood the necessity for the SEPARATION of church and state. The continuing efforts by many to re-form the 'church as state' should be an affront to all American Citizens.

    The increasing trend to try to blend politics and religion is an infection that threatens to become the sepsis of our society at the risk of death of America as a nation. No one will have to invade us as we have self-inoculated the seeds of our destruction. Don't believe for one minute that faith-based government or theo-democracy is better for us and should be disseminated throughout the world. Our forefathers have given us the ability to immunize our nation against its own destruction, but we must educate our citizenry to understand the value of our history.

    Separate church and state.

    October 12, 2007 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. Karl Maria, Brunswick, ME

    In the world of the Internet forum we have a word for people like Ann Coulter. We call them "trolls" and we admonish folks not to feed them. She has nothing useful or important to add to the conversation, so she says something, well pretty much everything she says, is to distract from real discussion.

    October 12, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. Wayne

    I am a devout Christian who treasures the Old and New Testament, but taking spiritual advice from this political witch is like going to an underrtaker for medical advice. Coulter is a disgrace to those who hold the values of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount. Her 'god' is white, republican, and arrogant, which means she has made it in her own image. My advice to this loose cannon is to shut up and volunteer in a soup kitchen or somewhere she might make a real difference.

    October 12, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  17. unknown, ny, ny

    ann coulter is right up there with president schmuck from iran

    October 12, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  18. Rocco, Wellington,Fl

    Media just continues to feed the kind of ideology the this woman fosters. I think her controversy is bad for the country as well as the world and if Media stopped giving her the mic we all would be better for it. Does anyoe really think she contributes anything to the world?

    October 12, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  19. Tyrone Horrneye

    I really don't care what any of these self-promoting "liberal" or "conservative" commentators say. They're just selling rhetoric as product, which requires various kinds of publicity stunts to gain the free advertising they receive every time they appear on cable. As for Ann Coulter, I think she's hot. I would do her, and I would do her so passionately and expertly that she would shout Democratic slogans and liberal mantras during the act. When her profile ran in Time magazine a while back, there was a picture of her in what used to be called "hot pants" that would stir those parts of the male anatomy not usually associated with political discourse. I would simply do to her what politicians to the electorate all the time except that, in this case, the pleasure would be mutual.

    October 12, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  20. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Looks like the bushies have redefined the word "educated". It use to mean that someone had learned something. Does a piece of paper now prove you are educated even when you prove that you haven't been every time you open your mouth? This woman is unintelligent and uneducated and unless she's suffered some brain injury since school,it's the school that she attended that deserves our scrutiny and ire. Sounds like Oral Roberts or Liberty to me.

    October 12, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. Barry, Zephyrhills, FL

    Ann Coulter, a Christian!! I do not think she is a complete Christian. Christians are supposed to be loving, kind, compassionate, and non-judgemental. I am a Messianic Jew. I was born Jewish in 1950 and accepted Jesus in 1990. I would never say that about any other religion or faith. Christ is Love. God is Love. Ann Coulter shows no love nor any of the Rules for Christian living as Colossians 3:1-16 states. Remember Ann, this is in the New Testament. Ann, if you need some biblical teaching, I would be glad to educate you and assist you in studying the complete Bible. With God's Love.

    October 12, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  22. John, Hartford CT

    Coulter offends me. I am a libertarian and a Christian. I believe Jesus is my savior. Whether or not He is anyone else's savior is up to those people. No Christian should ever engage in the business of "conversion" or "perfection". Jews have a covenant with God. That covenant saves them. Non-Jews do not have this covenant. Jesus was sent to non-Jews to save them. The disciples were sent to save the lost tribes of Israel that had turned away from the covenant. The Law and the Prophets were never abolished by Jesus, they were only made more whole and complete, fulfilled as they say. The covenant Jews have with God remains intact because God does not change. Jews do not need saving. Non-Jews do. Jesus has nothing to do with the Jew's covenant and to make Jews turn away from that covenant just to be saved when Jews are already included as God's chosen people is evil. Ann, stop trying to "save" Jews by converting them. Leave them alone. Worry about your own salvation. Worry about the timber in your own eye before you pluck the speck from someone else's eye.

    October 12, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  23. No Name, Los Angeles CA

    Ann Coulter is simply stating what she believes in. She is not being anti-Semitic. Simply stating that Christians are on the fast track to heaven is what over 1 billion Christians world-wide believe-and they are neither hateful nor bigoted. This reporter was projecting his personal views, insecurities and biases into the interview. I say we should chew on that for a while. This reporter seems to be the one that is being unfair.

    October 12, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  24. Steve Antonius, Sycamore, IL

    Ann Coulter loves the spotlight at anyone's expense. Disdainfully, she plays games with her readers by cavalierly blurring the line between the editorial and the royal we. She may be in negotiations for a new book contract!

    October 12, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  25. Radical thinker Delray Beach, FL

    As long as people spend any time trying to find and explain the differences between each other, whether by color, religious belief, side of town you live on etc.....the more seperate we will feel. This in turn creates fear....fear of being alone, alone in body and in beliefs....so the fear amplifys as we meet people that seem like us....and we become protective of our point of view.....willing to fight in some cases to the death for our belief. What is the worst that could happen if a long held belief is wrong?? What if we look at the similarities between us....let's look at what draws us closer, common experience. Please please.....look for what is the same between us.....that way your compassion will be opened up! That's what Jesus was....a compassionate person......Remember???

    October 12, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
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