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, Charlotte, NC

    Come on. Can't anyone see through this phony. She must have a book coming out soon to make another stupid comment like this. I believe there is a special place in hell for people like this.

    October 12, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Like it or not folks, this is Chritianity as it's believed today. Stated rather crudely I'll agree.

    October 12, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. Mike Adams, Rochester, NY

    I have an idea, let's throw out ALL religion, since religion has caused more deaths and more problems than any other source. We should be more humanistic in that we are all thrown in this together and as thinking beings we should be able to figure out what is right and what is wrong. If the religious think that a "book of right and wrong" will stop those among us who won't follow along, it's pretty obvious it won't. Claiming that a historical figure from ancient times will save us all by following him is just as ludicrous (Strictly in my own opinion) but many others feel the same. As far as Ann Coulter goes, hand her a gun, and she's just as bad as any terrorist who thinks their way is the right way and only way.

    October 12, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. Andrew L. MOlter, Dearborn, Michigan

    Donny Deutsch should not have been offended by Ann statement of her beliefs. How intolerant! Are all Jews so intolerant of Christian beliefs? Ann is showing just how tolerant and accepting Christians are. Donny, on the other hand, is demonstrating intolerance. I'm sure all Jew are not like him.

    I'll be surprised if CNN posts my comments.

    October 12, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. Matt, Bexley Ohio

    Have we become so religiously ignorant that this really counts as news? Whether Coulter is a shining example of Christian faith or not, all she's done is express orthodox Christian faith. Of course (traditional) Christians think that everyone else should become Christians! Of course they think Jews should accept Jesus as their savior! What else could they possibly believe, if they are committed to the historic core of the Christian faith? And what in the world does being "educated" have to do with that? "I went to college, so now I understand that Jesus is just my savior, not the world's. When the New Testament says that all have sinned, and all are in need of a savior, it actually means that <i?only Christians have sinned and are in need of a savior." Give me a break. You can dismiss Coulter's faith as unreasonable or simply false, but anyone who purports to be shocked by what she said should be deeply embarrassed about his/her own ignorance concerning the dominant religious tradition of the English-speaking world.

    October 12, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  6. Mike, Charlotte, NC

    Something tells me Jon in Sacramento voted for Bush and would defend anyone as long as they are republican. However, I'm sure he would do the same if a "liberal" were to make a comment like this.

    October 12, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  7. Richard Dayton, OH

    Coulter is a Christian Fundamentalist Legalist which basically means that she does not understand Christianity. She obviously is focused simply obedience in a legalistic way, anyone can obey because they know the rules but that doens't mean they are transformed through the Holy Spirit. It's possible to believe that Christ died for your sins and still not accept Him as a transforming power in your life. The Bible says 'you will know them by their fruit'. I'm not seeing much fruit in Anne Coulter just condescending Bible book knowledge that is prevalent in Christian church and is the basis for hypocrisy. If you can't let Christ change you from the inside out then you're hindering and counterproducing God's will for you. Christ told the Pharisee's in Matthew 23:25-26 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean." Sound like many of the evangelists and right wing pundits today? Christ isn't the problem, man is. The true Christians aren't out in the forefront wanting their faces on prime time. They're hidden in prayer and devotion because it's not about fame, fortune, or winning an argument. They are simplistic and humble. Ideology is not a stumbling block to those who truly understand the Bible. It's man made not God created. It's sad to see the ingorance of people such as Coulter spread like a cancer devouring the body of Christ and sabotaging the true work of Christ.

    October 12, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  8. Elena, Clinton Maryland

    What I find amazing about people like Ann Coulter is that they seem to forget that one of the reasons this country was founded was BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE TIRED OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE!!!! ANN educated fool.....

    October 12, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  9. Ryan, Boston MA

    Why is it OK then to have the Jews refer to themselves as the 'chosen people', aren't THEY educated? The Bible teaches you to encourage all to join the flock. I'm not a Coulter reader or anything, I just don't like it when people are attacked for espousing thier non-violent religious beliefs when specifically asked about them.

    October 12, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Jacqueline Chan, SF

    Ann's a goof head...

    October 12, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. Hillary in West Orange, NJ


    October 12, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  12. Les Dorset VT

    As an American, a Jew and a Republican (there are a lot more of us then you might think)let me say that we all have our "cross to bear". AC is as much of an embarrassment to conservatives as Al Sharpton is to liberals....the difference though is she is a lot more dangerous.

    October 12, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. Bette happiness

    Ouch! i'd rather she talk about male cirimcision as a religious ritual that
    kills zillions of nerve endings and should be abolished ditto female circumcison.
    That's the real fault of religion trying to make everyone the ame.
    Coulter in any event is an egotistical

    October 12, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. Valerie- West Palm Beach, FL

    Too educated or not, Coulter is the typical bully! Mr. Deutsch, it's your responsibility not to indulge her ignorant comments by simply banning her from "civilized" media and exposure to the masses. She's proven time and again that she's unworthy. Instead, her radical fans can pay to listen to her rude attacks on Jews, Senator John Edwards and all other reasonable people that actually contribute value to society. Lock her up and throw away the keys. She’s intolerable!!

    October 12, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  15. Steve, Atlanta, GA

    What she said was a bit rude and pushy when doing an interview, for TV, with a person who is Jewish. There are nicer ways to describe the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. "Perfected" is a term I have never used, inside of our outside of church. Again, rude if you asked me. But, "antisemitism"? Deutsch is wrong there. IMHO, he cheapens the power of that label by using it in this situation.

    October 12, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. Jason, Columbia MD

    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    – Jon, Sacremento

    Jon, you've never actually met a Jewish person before, have you? That's not what we believe at all. Jesus was a person with some good morals, but that's it. He's no different from anyone else.

    October 12, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. l. Reis-Cincinnati, Ohio

    Why can't we put all mythology aside? So many of the worlds wars have been caused bt religion.

    October 12, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  18. J.Zimmerman Philadelphia PA

    re: Dane, Columbus, OH: I am a Buddhist. We don't care what religion or belief system one practices. The only thing Buddha said about religion, is:
    "Any belief that requires BLIND FAITH is not religion, but politics. You must find your own path and demand proof of those who tell you to belive.

    October 12, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. Patricia Gonzalez, Miami, FL

    This comment does not surprise me. Ann Coulter makes a living by make outrageous statements. She's a bigot and everyone will know that now. Ms. Coulter is quite ignorant and it's very surprising that people buy her books. I know I'll never buy one of her books. She must be a very frustrated and unhappy individual.

    October 12, 2007 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. John, Rutland, MA

    I'm so tired of religous conflict in this world. Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Sunni, Shiite etc. – we're all simply humans with nearly identical DNA searching for meaning in this life. A person's religion is largely just a result of their family history and where they live in the world. I wonder if the human race will ever get past the petty differences of "my religion is better than your religion"? Comments like this from Coulter only stall human progress. She may be educated, but she apparently lacks the brain power to see the bigger picture.

    October 12, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Tim, Baltimore, MD

    So if Christianity is the perfection of Judaism, with so many Christian religions, which one is the Perfect Christian Religion and how will we convert all Christians to that religion. I personally don't want to be a member of the second or third best.

    October 12, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. mary pomerantz, marion new york

    It's stupid comments made by people like Coulter that cause the world to be like it is,Coulter would like the world to be all vanilla, sweet and sugary like the Christian religion would like you to beleive.
    Wake up! and check out the cream coated version of religion that you're following. THen Check out the real world!The Jews are a Nationality their religion is Hebrew, one of the oldest religions in the world and if it were not for the Hebrews you wouldn't have your Christianity because... Christ was a Hebrew!!

    October 12, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Daniel Rush, Cleveland, Ohio

    As a Jew I am not so much offended by this as I am as an American. While this may seem like a simple statement, it can, and usually will, be seen by fanatics as a jumping-off point for more anti-semetic comments and, possibly, actions. This type of behavior is unacceptable in the Free World and attention-seekers such as Ann Coulter should not have this type of recognition. Please grow up Ms Coulter and find better ways to garner attention.

    October 12, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  24. Frank, Houston, TX

    A few random thoughts – Jew is pelled with a "J" not a "j." Racism and anti-Semitism are not the same. There is nothing humorous about stupidity. There is nothing humorous about anti-Semitism or racism. Anne is free to believe whatever she likes, but to say that America would be better off if everyone were Christian is a denial of what I understand the Constitution and the Declaration to represent.

    Never, in the history of the world, has it been more important that people of faith come together, to build communities if mutual understanding, tolerance and respect; for if we do not, our differences and extremes will at the least create barriers between us, and at worst destroy us.

    October 12, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. Rick Matthew

    Why anyone takes Coulter's remarks about anything seriously is the amazing thing. When I see someone with a copy of her book, I know I've found another moron.
    One superstition is as good as another. To compare any religion to another is an exercise in absurdity.
    The real question is: Could Superman defeat Zeus in battle? How about King Kong?

    October 12, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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