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. Joan, Kansas City, Missouri

    I always suspected Coulter was a Nazi, and now she has spelled it out for us. How shall we perfect the Jews? Put them to work in hard labor? Anyone remember "Arbeit macht frei?" on the gates of the concentration camp? That's how the German Nazis "perfected" the Jews. Let's deport her, for God's sake!

    October 12, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Najat

    Amazing. Whoever said that jews of today are nothing more than an ethnicity is dead on. I doubt many jews would even understand how miserably rotten they fail their own covenant with the god found in their torah.

    The jews of biblical times were often a "stench" in their god's nostril for either turning to false gods or going through the motions out of culture rather than love and obedience. I mean, the jews of old flat out failed when they actually had a temple. Jews of today don't even bother making a tent temple like Moses until they can overrun the muslims and rebuild their temple in Jerusalem. When was the last time you saw a jew of American or Western European citizenship sacrifice goats, sheep, and bulls in the precise manner clearly written in their own manuscripts?

    Donny wants to lambast others for being hypocrites and offensive? I say he needs to stop being ignorant himself and start truly understanding what it means to be a jew if he is going to stake that claim. Two wrongs don't make a Deutsch right. At least know your own religion before pretending to be shocked and offended by another.

    As for the woman, I think others in here have said it all.

    October 12, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. Matt, Wheeling, WV

    Media personalities can be fired for using the word "nappy", but anti-semitic celebrities maintain work? Maybe she's not as educated as we think....amazing.

    October 12, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  4. Todd, Middletown Ohio

    Controversial? Why is Donny Deutsch offended? Perhaps you should have brought a Muslim or radical Muslim on the show. Then ask the same questions.

    October 12, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. Sean, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Like Don Imus, Ann should be banished from the media. I am calling for an immediate boycott of Ann Coulter. And another thing, please don't disrespect the Hebrew Bible by calling it the "Old" Testament. That implies that the New Testament is superior and that is certainly not the beliefs of the Jewish people. Christianity looks worse and worse every day. Sad that these are the ambassadors of the Christian world – of which I am a part.

    October 12, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. I. Sharp, Philadelphia, PA

    Don Imus was released from his job for comments similarly offensive. Perhaps Ann Coulter should follow his lead.

    October 12, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. Brandi, Pittsburgh, PA

    You know what worries me the most? It's not that Ann Coulter says shocking things in order to gain publicity- I wouldn't care if she actually believed what she said. What scares me are the people who defend her ridiculous tripe, and see her as a sensible woman. I refuse to believe only liberals would find her hate-mongering offensive...and true Christian would be appalled by her statements.

    October 12, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  8. Richard,Orlando,FL

    A retty face does not hide a polluted brain. If I didn't know better, I would say she was on drugs. Can you imagine her saying Republicans are tolerant. I'm glad she can live in that fantasy world. Soon she will have a very rude awakening.

    October 12, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. Dave Wasserstrom

    She was asked and said what she said without thinking through it very thouroughly for tactfulness. She was just saying Christianity is the next and final step after Judaism per the Bible; but you still have the right to believe it or reject it as the truth. Free religious choice is important and she understands everyone will not believe as she believes.

    October 12, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. Farah, Dallas, Tx

    Coulter's comments were just anti-semetic.

    She should be banned from the media because she is nothing but a hater.

    October 12, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  11. Todd, Savannah, GA

    I don't believe everything she said, but reality is that different religions have different views. I don't think Jews believe everyone in the world is going to be saved. Is the man who belongs to the child-molesting religion going to be saved? How about the Jew-hating religion?

    Don't think too many Jews would believe this. So if a person who is Christian only believes Christians are going to be saved, that is their right. That is why we live in a free country, so we can openly practice our faiths.

    All the haters on this site who claim who is evil and a hater need to look in the mirror.

    October 12, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  12. Shane, Pittsburgh PA

    what coulter said was wrong and stupid but she did speak for the way much of the world thinks. She is known for having asassy sense of humor that is offensive to people, butany minority race or religion gets offended over stuff that nobody beleives or cares about. I am still going to go with Deutsh though.

    October 12, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  13. Raisa Feldenkreis Miami Florida

    Ann Coulter did not say anything offensive. If you are a Christian you believe that a Jew is "Perfected" when he has accepted Jesus Christ. He may still follow his own ways but he is made perfect in the sense that he has completely accepted the New Testament, so he is complete. Basically, no more waiting for the Messiah.

    October 12, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Steve, Blytheville, Ar

    Regardless of what point she "intended" to get across, she contradicted herself within two sentencest She stated that Republicans were tolerant, then commenced to trash Judaism....Tolerant my butt!!!! As usual, she's an "educated dweeb" with foot in mouth. On the fast track alright........but, to where?

    October 12, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. Howard, Boca Raton, FL

    Why do the various newscasts and CNN give this brainless woman airtime?

    I saw her a few weeks ago on NBC and she has nothing to add to the news, other than make news by her off the wall statements.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. Michael White, Atlanta, GA

    HAHA! That's Amazing! Deutsch doesn't get it, and apparently a lot of others don't, either.

    Deutsch is just trying to drum up controversy–and failing, I might add. Sorry, but Coulter is right on this...a bit oddly worded, but she's right. The Jews are God's chosen people. They always have been and always will be. We Christians owe a lot to them. But when Coulter means perfected Jews, she means that they will turn to the Lord as a nation and as a people (i.e. "God will perfect them"). Deutsch should get a clue and read the Old Testement and then the New before he puts his foot in his mouth again.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. Rob New York City

    It is just SAD that we waste all this energy in debating religion.

    Religions are fairy tales. We have this need to believe some part of us will live forever. We are scare of death, and all of that religious crap stems from that fact.

    It is all made up, yet we kill for this. Ridiculous. We should not debate any problems with religion.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. Tom, Rockford Illinois

    What a waste of a human, her and OJ need to team up for a "ride in the Bronco"... only this time do it in Iraq with Imus tied to the hood to do play by play.
    The fact that people find her "entertaining" says alot of the "dumbing of America" has taken root and is here to stay.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Appropriately Moderate, Augusta, Georgia

    Let's see...she's just, oh, SEVEN DECADES behind the times.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  20. MaryAnne

    Religion is one thing. This is just plain racism. She needs to apologize for her comments. That is just plain stupidity not intelligence.

    October 12, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Jay

    Some of these comments are funny – Ann is the classic spin machine – she's the conservative version of a shock jock... But the sad thing is to alot of the Republicians she says out loud what that won't for political correctness – To them if you're not W.A.S.P or willing to conform to their agenda, you don't count. That's what is really behind what she said...

    But let's look at it for what it is – Can even the "Christians" keep together with a common set of morals and objectives. After all the Bible says "Love thy Neighbor" and "Thou Shalt Not Kill" yet obiviously they put in an exception if your neighbor doesn't agree with you on everything and of course that little commandment on killing doesn't apply to the poor, the non-christian and anyone you feel is "bad"

    October 12, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. Saman Shams, Miami, Florida.

    Imagine if a dark complected man made the same comment in the America of George Bush and Dick Cheney.
    And Imagine the same scenario in say 1999.
    I cannot wait till Nov 2008 I will be praying to all the Gods in the Pantheon.

    October 12, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  23. Linda, Boston MA

    Ann DOES NOT speak for all Christians. I am a Christian,and my beliefs are very strong, but I am no better than anyone else. Ann was so very wrong to say anything of this nature.
    We are all human beings and we all believe in something. I am not a perfected Jew or a perfected Christian, I am just me and I accept all human beings as long as they don't do me harm or wrong.
    Ann needs to stop this nonsense and stop causing trouble between the different religions. We all have enough problems, she needs to STOP her attention getting nonsense.

    October 12, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. Scott Kelley.........Walhalla, SC

    Ann didn't say anything "wrong" inasmuch as her true Christian beliefs outline her faith/religion. A practicing Jew is not a Christian, people. They do NOT believe Christ was/is the Son of God. However, Jews can become Christians IF they accept the deity of Christ and ask for forgiveness of their sins. Simple open-and-shut case for a Christian such as Ann. Don't see what the problem is, except that practicing Jews obviously don't want to hear that kind of thing which we, as Christians, accept as TRUTH.

    October 12, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. Aaron, Delray Beach, FL

    What has happened to freedom of speech? Liberals only want what is best for them, they take only their feelings and thoughts into consideration, does the rest of the country have a say?? They only want to tear this country apart, whats next censorship, this country is going completely backwards!! All other minority groups have the right to say what they want, on public tv, radio, publications, etc., but when the majority of the country speaks, in this case Christians, we are completely berated!! this is reverse racism, come on people, freedom of speech does exist!!

    October 12, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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