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. WIll, Houston, TX


    October 12, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Denise, Colorado Springs, CO

    And this Ladies and Gentlemen is why right-wing conservatives get such a bad name. This is pure, unadulterated bias, close mindedness...ah heck, let's just call it what it is...hate. As a Christian, this makes me sick to my stomach and I challenge any and all conservative talk shows to separate themselves from this nonsense. “...heaven will look like the Republican convention..." What a crackpot! Geez!

    October 12, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Rob Shore, Titusville, FL

    The only thing I have to say is why does the media continue to give her a televised forum to speak her incredibly obnoxious right wing views of our society from. She is such an amazingly pompous, right wing, arrogant...........!!!! Stop letting her talk on television!!

    October 12, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Erik; Miami, FL

    Actually she can be and is just that stupid! If you follow her rhetoric she uses inflammatory statements to draw attention to herself. It is amazing that after getting the attention she so craves, she never succeeds in doing anything worthwhile with it.

    This is certainly not a case of execute the messenger, because you'd have to actually have a message to earn that name!

    October 12, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Paul Revere

    Wake up! Any Jew who says this women is not dangerous is fooling themselves. She is part of a fomenting neo-nazi movement that has strong support in all segments of this society. Beware and pray. This woman is part of a neo-nazi agenda that could lead to a dark ages unlike anything the world has ever seen.

    October 12, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. B. House, London, KY

    Have we found the female Don Imus?

    October 12, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    Wasn't this the exact same propaganda that the Nazis used?

    October 12, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Audrey Manning Lumsden CA

    If Ann is an example of a tolerant Christian, then give me a non-Christian, any day. The thing which puzzles me is: How come Imus got the boot and this pitiful person is allowed to speak with impunity?

    October 12, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Jeff in Arlington, VA

    Anne Coulter's remarks reveal the deep seeded intolerance and thirst for a homogeneous Christian America that many arch-conservatives possess but which none dare reveal.

    October 12, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Nathan Columbus, Ohio

    Tim in LA,
    "But Jesus also COMMANDED that, to follow him, you must be led by LOVE and COMPASSION for your fellow man, not hatred and condemnation. Coulter wasn't being hateful or racist. She was expressing HER belief system. She is NOT calling for Jews, or anybody else, to have ANYTHING done to them, other than to consider HER beliefs"

    Um...did you miss something? How about in the article...'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." '
    Sounds to me like she's calling on the Jews to have something done to them...removal of their faith.

    October 12, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Roger Homestead, Fl.

    Just remember Annie you started it – fly over to Israel and tell them of your plan for them. I'm sure they would be glad to listen.

    October 12, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Kelly-Boston

    This comment is not only offensive to Jews, but to anyone who lives in and loves this country. It is sad that she is on television and spewing her hate and misinformation. This is a great country and comments like that make us look uncivilized and ridiculous to the outside world!

    October 12, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Ohio

    In my previous post, I neglected to mention that my husband and I are both middle class Republicans. And for those that are bashing Republicans on this site because of what this woman said, should be ashamed of themselves. We don't share her ignorant beliefs.

    October 12, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. GM, Wilmington NC

    First of all...why does someone have to die to my sins....and who is to say what sin is? my sin? or anyone else's....that is subjective. But this woman is not subjective. Who cares if she was the editor for her school's law review. Having a high IQ does necessarily mean one has any depth or enlightenment. She is a peon. This country was founded with the intent for religious tolerance. Thank goodness not every one is like Coulter...a 'good Christian'. My parents raised me and my siblings to be a good Human Being!!!!

    October 12, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Sam D, Tucker ,GA

    A single person's statements about her beliefs sure did stir up a lot of emotions. I believe Jews are the chosen of GOD. I also believe Jesus died for my sins so I could be adopted into HIS family in Heaven. If she was trying to convert anyone, she definitely needs to work on her delivery. People will rant and rave about this for days, but will it really matter in GOD's world how HE gains souls? I feel bad that my words are inadequate for expressing my thoughts and emotions. How can we as mortals even compare to what awaits us all in the after life?

    October 12, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Andy, Morristown, NJ

    As Goebbels said, "The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it"

    October 12, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Michael, Gainesville, Florida

    I am not certain whether or not she actually buys into what she says, but as someone who for whatever reason has been put into the public eye, she should be more careful with what she says. There are people who will read this that will use this as another log to throw on their fire of hatred and intolerance which is sad.

    October 12, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Van B. Krzywicki, Glen Spey NY

    I think it might be best if we just let Ann Coulter slip into oblivion. Her narrow sanctimonious intellect is not worthy of the coverage she receives. I do think, however, that she accurately represents the Republican party.

    October 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Steve, Providence, RI

    Wow, her career is over. She is equally as distigsting a human being as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    October 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Matthew Jacksonville, Florida

    It's a sad day when Ann Coulter tried to represent all of Christians....We don't think like this.

    October 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. P Robertson, Washington, DC

    when Jesus queried the pharisees, "are you sons of Abraham?" and they replied in the affirmative, Jesus replied "then do the deeds of Abraham". Jesus came to fulfill the laws, but we still must live to the high moral standards of the old testament, except for things Jesus specfically changed (like declaring all foods clean). Jesus is more than the fast track, he is the way and the truth and the life. We all fall short – none can be holy enough or follow the rules good enough to be godly. Thats why we need a savior.

    October 12, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  22. Lakinsey Evans, Charlotte North Carolina

    I agree with Ann Couter. My family was brought up on Christianity. Ever since I was small the Bible has been my guide through life. Like Ann has stated a perfected Jew, what in the world is that? God said that if you believe that Jesus died and rose again for our sins you would be born again. You cannot enter heavens gates without believing this. Ann is so right if this world was full of Christians there would be no war or famines because the Lord would make sure we were taken care of. He is angry because we don't love each other the way he loves up. The evil in the world is what is leading us to destruction. God wants everybody to be Christians so he can spare this world a little longer, but everybody is not following his perfect plan. The Bible and everything in it is perfect. The Bible teaches you how to be a perfect Christian not a perfect Jew. Again Ann Jesus spoke to you and inspired you to write this article. If the people would just listen to the Lord when he send a voice to speak to us we all need to listen. I am not judging Ann because I don't know if she is really a Christian, but that does not matter. God sent the message through her because this is the end of time and we all need to wake up. He wants us to straighten up and become Christians because he doesn’t want to see his precious children suffering in the pits of hell. The only right way is the Bible. Ann is saying stop trying to be Jew and follow their laws instead follow God and the laws in the Bible. This is the only way to truly live in paradise. Like the movie all dogs go to heaven which is not true because animals have no souls. All Jews don't go to heaven. If you are not a born again Christian you are doomed.

    Ann keep doing what you are doing. I am on your side all the way. Whether you are a Christian or not God send this message through you. I know it was an obstacle because of others reactions. Keep spreading the word of the Holy Bible for the Lord. You know like I know there is a reward for you.

    To everyone Be Blessed and wake up!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. Humberto Coronado, Davie, FL.

    So the perfect picture of America is a Republican Party that looks like a KKK Rally.

    How long is America going to give this woman a forum for hatemongering?

    October 12, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    To allinone:
    IF YOU knew your history, you would be a little more careful about what you post. Christianity is NOT the youngest of the 'main' religions. Islam did not come about until the 6th century AD.

    October 12, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. David Schloss, Brooklyn, New York

    It seems that Ms. Coulter is simply stating that the New Testament is a continuation of the Old Testament. This is basically true and in accordance with Christian Orthodoxy. There are a number of links between the New and Old testament. The book of Luke makes reference to Christ "talking" to the Prophet Elijah and Moses. While Christians accept a new covenant with God, Jews do not. Keep in mind that Christianity (and Islam) spring forth from Judaism through Abraham so there is a continuum here.

    October 12, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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