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. Maria Segarra

    She may be educated but that has nothing to do with religious fanaticism. She is typical of cult type mentalities. She is holier than thou. It is a circular mental programming that just runs and runs without thought.

    October 12, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Chip, Carmel, Indiana

    Dump her/him into a lake and see if s/he floats (just like they did in Salem).

    She's a witch.

    October 12, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. M B

    Christian and tolerant in the same sentence. Oxymoron of the year. Moron and Anne Coulter in the same sentence is more appropriate. Christianity a perfected version of Judiaism? Don't be ridiculous. Judiaism is about living life; Christianity is about fear and what happens to you when you die. Who's afraid of what here?

    October 12, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Melvyn Hill

    So Ms Coulter is PERFECT! All because she is a Christianist and not a JEW!
    God help her in her need.

    October 12, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Paige, Ledyard CT

    In my eyes Coulter is a White Racist Pig whose views lean towards the KKK methods rather than that of Christianity. Christians should be ashamed that A. Coulter has the audacity to claim herself to be one. A. Coulter gives Christians a bad name. A. Coulter "in a nutshell" is just a mean spirited human being who brings nothing good or positive to our world. Makes one wonder what kind of upbringing she had to hold such hatred towards people who aren't white and "christian". I use the word Christian very loosely when speaking of A. Coulter and so should everyone else. If anything else, I consider her more of the Nazi mentality.

    October 12, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. News Grumbler Chester VT

    It was interesting to me that the most culturally informed political comment in this blog was by Posted By Thomas Goomis – Zurich Switzerland. My educated friends and relatives in Europe are amazed at the drivel that occurs in America, posing as political commentary.

    October 12, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Suzanne, Chicago, IL

    This "woman" is a moron. Why does media continue to give her the microphone? She spews such venom and should be ignored. She gives Republicans a bad name.

    October 12, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. stephanie, miami, florida

    what everyone seems to be forgetting is that she said EVERYONE SHOULD BE CHRISTIAN this is the united states
    what happened to freedom of religion?

    October 12, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. T, Gainesville, Florida

    Ignoring her is the only way to make her go away. She's no dummy. If she didn't say such inflammatory things, she wouldn't sell any books. Too bad people keep buying them despite the fact that she has no credibility.

    October 12, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. AG, Herndon, VA

    Cannot beleive I am reading this! Dialogue is necessary in a civil society but wasting time on something as idiotic as this? And then you have some who try to justify the theology behind all of this! Wonder how Jesus Christ is feeling today.

    October 12, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Karen Charlottesville, VA

    How is Anne Coulter's thinking really any different from that of the Taliban? Except,she wants a world filled only with blue-eyed blonde Christians – like herself... while they want the entire world to look like them. Where is that 2004 RNC "happy" tolerance" of which she speaks so yearningly? It's certainly NOT in her life view!

    October 12, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. FED GUY, Washington D.C.

    What does her education (degrees) have to do with her tolerance and ignorance? Raise your hand if you know idiots with Master Degrees! Why are people surprised or upset by this? She's a joke and you should do some soul searching if you're upset by this idiot.

    October 12, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. David, Indianapolis IN

    I wonder if she could just use "I" instead of "we" – does she really speak for an entire classification of people?

    And where, in the New Testiment, does Jesus say, "Oh, and by the way, once you've conformed to this law you can make judgment on all others, tell them what to believe, pity their plight, disrespect their beliefs, torture them if you are afraid, hit them before they hit you and otherwise claim dominion over the world." I missed that part.

    October 12, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. scott kuykendall, san antonio, texas

    If Ann Coulter is a Christian then I don't care to be one. What a typical republican.

    October 12, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Adam Smith, Dearborn, MI

    I'm glad I'm agnostic (somebody who believes that it is impossible to know whether or not God exists). I watch the world bicker and kill each other over religion, everyone claiming they got it right. It's funny – NO ONE can know the truth until after their last breath.

    October 12, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Mary, Edmond, Oklahoma

    As a Christian I would just like to remind everyone that this woman is not our spokesperson. She is misguided and many, many Christians find her views extremely distasteful.

    October 12, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Dan, New Britain, CT

    Unfortunately, I think her opinions are those of a lot of people in this country. Most don't dare expose what's really in their black hearts by speaking publicly. We should just ignore her so she'll go away. She's completely talentless except for her ability to say inflamatory things. Anyone can do that.

    October 12, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Fred Hermans, Neshanic Station NJ

    Too, bad ALL of Ann's comments weren't included in the article. I heard the interview and this portrayal is inaccurate, as I have come to expect from CNN. I think you owe Ms. Coulter and apology and this article should be corrected to include ALL of Ann's comments or pulled entirely so as not to misinform!

    October 12, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Bill, Bloomington IL

    Sooooo what was the purpose behind this interview. Everybody knows Ann's point of view. This moderator must be desperate for ratings.

    October 12, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. Mimi Rosenblum, Elkins Park, PA

    I think it's about time that you get immediate professional help for what appears to be an extreme inferiority complex. Hence, the outrageous and irrational comments about religion and the state of the world.
    Don't you think it would be more productive to channel all of your negative energy into a more righteous cause, say, perhaps world hunger, or even the lack of education in third world countries?
    Do some soul searching and try to figure out why you are so angry at the world.

    October 12, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Marie, Richmond VA

    Fast track? Federal Express? What the heck is she talking about?

    October 12, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. Michael, Manassas, VA.

    Ann Coulter is irrelevant. As sson as everyone realizes that all religion is based on failry tales and false promises, the world will be a much better place. I'm tired of everyone trying to cram their beliefs down everyones throat. I think Christianity needs to add 1 more commandment to that silly list of theirs: THOU SHALL KEEP THY RELIGION TO THYSELF!!

    October 12, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |


    October 12, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Ken, DC

    Ann Coulter is a freak of nature she-male and a jerk, but these comments in this particular case are not offensive at all. She is simply stating what Christianity is to her and she has every right to believe that and state that. Anyone whose brain is too lazy to understand what she said deserves to be offended. If Donny Deutsch did not want her opinion he should not have asked... This was a baited situation, controversy boosts CNN's ratings and advertising revenue.

    October 12, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. Ted Chicago, Illinois

    "When we are inclined to boast of our position [as Christians] we should remember that we are but Gentiles, while the Jews are of the lineage of Christ. We are aliens and in-laws; they are blood relatives, cousins, and brothers of our Lord. Therefore, if one is to boast of flesh and blood the Jews are actually nearer to Christ than we are."

    Martin Luther

    October 12, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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