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, Chicago

    I do agree , if the whole world is Christian, there will never be any problem, thank you Jesus.

    October 12, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Don Omaha, nebraska

    Someone needs to shut her up for good. Permanently, I bet she has swatiska in her home.

    October 12, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Suzie, Indianapolis, IN

    I agree that Ann's comments were not worded in the best or most loving way, especially when addressing a largely misrepresented issue that could be open to many interpretations. I am a Christian. Please don't stop reading just because of that. According to the Bible, God's desire is to love his created children, and he wants our love too, but he wants it to be our choice. He certainly could have created beings who would love blindly, but that's not the kind of love he wants. His plan is to give everyone the opportunity to choose whether or not to love him. He chose the Jews to begin with, and let them get to know Him - they had the first opportunity to choose whether or not to love him, by following His laws as He asked them to. He sent Jesus to them, to begin a new kind of relationship - one where following His laws was the natural result of their love for God, not the other way around, resulting in an even better kind of love. If you have children, the best kind of relationship is the one where your children love and respect you, and obey you because of that - obedience out of fear or convenience just isn't as fulfilling a relationship. The Jews, other than those who specifically chose to follow Jesus at the time or since then, rejected Jesus and said he wasn't the savior God had told them to expect. The Gentiles (everyone who wasn't a Jew) weren't part of God's original chosen People (the Jews), but Jesus' arrival gave EVERYONE the opportunity to decide who he was, and to join in this new kind of relationship with God. This new relationship with God doesn't mean that Christians don't follow God's laws - but our obedience to God is a natural result of our thankfulness to him for including us in a future with Him, and a result of our love for how he guides and protects us. Our acceptance into God's Heaven isn't a result of following the letter of the law - thankfully, because all of us are sinners and none are perfect - but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. I think it would be amazing to have been born Jewish and accept Jesus Christ as my Messiah - it would be incredible to be part of the fulfillment of a plan like that. But I am happy to be an "adopted" child, because God loves his "adopted" children as much as the ones he originally chose. When Ann said "perfected", she didn't mean "perfect" in terms of an absolute standard - she meant "perfected" in terms of the completion or fulfillment of an intended plan, like a "perfected" or finished triangle.

    To address an earlier posted comment, Christianity is monotheistic. We believe that God and his son Jesus are in such complete unity that they become one, and their unity is so complete that the spirit of the unity actually is a being itself - the Holy Spirit, who is therefore an inseparable part of the relationship between Father and Son and is therefore part of the monotheistic God entity. I think I heard it best explained once that if you have any group of united people, the "spirit" of the group nearly takes on a life of its own - like the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Holy Spirit then comes to those who want to share in the relationship between God and Jesus, and it lives in our hearts and unites us with them.

    And with regard to Heaven, I believe that whatever form it may take, it involves eternal separation from God. Maybe some think they wouldn't mind be separated from God - I would mind.

    I follow Jesus because He was the most perfect (in the absolute sense) person to have lived on this earth. Although I will never reach that level of perfection this side of Heaven, if I truly follow his example, I will have lived a life I can be proud of, even if it turns out that he wasn't the Savior. But Jesus said he was the Son of God. If he was wrong, he still lived an admirable life. If he was, then I've made the ultimate right choice.

    October 12, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Would you like a swastika to go with that rant. It's you and people like you and coulter that prevent this country from becoming what it can be. How many hate sites do you visit on a typical day. I bet you subscribe to the Neo-Nazi Monthly. That people like you still exist in this day and age is just plain scary. You sir a fricking neanderthal.

    October 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Ali Mohammed, NY

    Its a shame, Ann Coulter got away by saying a lots of things about Muslims and Islam and there was absolutely no uproar. This time she stepped on the wrong foot. Let GOD help us bind all the three abrahamic religions (JEWS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS) with love.


    October 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Mariella

    And people even listen to this bigoted, racist republican? If they do, they are as sad and despicable as she is. May God have mercy on her soul because she's going to need all she can get.

    October 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Jason, Dallas TX

    This just goes to show you that just because you are educated doesn't mean you have any common sense.

    October 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Larry Lewtt, Glen Head, New York

    Let's remove her from all TV media interviews in the future. Who needs a bigot like that on the air.

    October 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Anonymous

    No it would just be better without Jews that think that they are better than everyone and treat christians like garbage because of it.

    October 12, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Ed, Southington, CT

    Ben Kennedy said, "If you take Ann's comment to mean "your ethnicity is an imperfect version of mine", of course she sounds anti-Jewish. However, she is really saying "the New Covenant is a perfected version of the already-great Old Covenant", which is straight-up orthodox Biblical Christianity."

    By saying that, you've given a logical proof that straight-up orthodos Biblical Christianity is anti-Jewish.

    October 12, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Joel Cymrot

    Just ignore all the fuss – how could anyone question your intelligence – when all you suggest is worshiping an imaginary zombie by eating human flesh and drinking human blood, while taking your current orders from a confirmed nazi war criminal and probable pedefile!
    ps. (Although it would it would be more accurate to stop blaming Bill Clinton for the problems in the Middle East when in fact they are all caused (as usual) by right wing zombie worshiping christen nut cases in the 15th century.)
    pss.(However you are hot enough looking so that if you promise to shut up – you are welcome to come up to oregon and spend the winter ski-bumming...)

    October 12, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Why is everyone so angry...this is what Christians believe....she's not making this up....I find it baffling with all the comments...(tons of them) – so many "offended" – Christians do believe this....and in this country they have that right (right or wrong) –

    October 12, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Raleigh, NC

    Must we continue to endure this person? The only God she is intimate with is the Almightly Dollar; she mocks not only Centerists and Liberals but the Religious and Conservative that she panders to. Once good people realize this and stop paying for her books, she will go away. In the meantime, she will continue to give credence to worst and devisive interpretations of her religion. And who is this "we" she refers to? Does she have a mouse in her pocket??? Who is she claiming to speak for? I dont think she was elected by anyone for anything...she hides behind the "we", to make herself look more important and give the impression that she actually has some moral authority, and that people should be listening to her. She does not use "I" when she makes her assertions because she is a coward and knows that her rhetoric serves no purpose but to hurt people, and well...pay homage to her God the Almighty Dollar is the sale of her books...

    October 12, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Steve, Birmingham, Al

    If you find offensive and intolerable the FACTS that Christians believe the New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, (see the books of Isaiah,chapter 50 is a good place to start, and Daniel) and that salvation comes by accepting Christ's sacrifice for our sins, and we are kept by the in dwelling of the Holy Spirit rather than our own power to keep the law, then you are intolerant Mr. Deutsch.

    The purpose of the law is to prove the inadequecy of man and the need for a savior, not to get us to heaven. We have difference in belief Mr. Deutsch deal with it!

    October 12, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Danielle, New Holland PA

    This woman makes me sick.SHE is what's wrong with this country. Did she really say "they're tolerant" i believe that she embodies the very opisite of that statement. Hopefully this is the statement that wakes up America to her ramblings and inspires them to just say no to Ann Coulter!!

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |


    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Oliver Q Toronto Ontario

    “If you take Ann's comment to mean "your ethnicity is an imperfect version of mine", of course she sounds anti-Jewish. However, she is really saying "the New Covenant is a perfected version of the already-great Old Covenant", which is straight-up orthodox Biblical Christianity.” Ben Kennedy

    If Ann Coulter meant to say that, why not articulate it the way Ben Kennedy did. She has the education to make a clear point but failed to do so.

    Oliver Q Toronto Ontario

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Eileen P

    Wow. She is so out of touch with Christian beliefs. I sure hope that NOBODY thinks she speaks for Christians or Catholics, as she is so far out in left field. And, she said this stuff and she wasn't even drunk! I think her arrogance, and ignorance has finally caught up with her. I have never heard Christians referred to as "perfected Jews." As a Catholic, we've been taught that Jews are the chosen people of God and that, as Catholics, we also can attain heaven. She should be ashamed and castigated for her remarks.

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. JM, Atlanta, GA

    This is EXACTLY why this country is going to hell. Jesus-loving, confederate flag-waving, Jew/Black/Hispanic/Gay-hating idiots like this woman. For all you people who ACTUALLY think she has a point, you're as dumb as she is. I don't believe in Jesus or any of that crap, but I actually hope there is a hell. So this fool and all her followers will go there.

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Scott, Bellingha, WA

    Earthlings, greetings from Zork on Planet Moogba 7 in the Delta Quadrant. because of people like Ann Coulter, we will not share our technology with you. The Galactic Federation can not risk allowing this type of ignorance to pollute the space-time continuum. Consequently, you will continue to suffer from disease and natural disasters, and will never know the bliss of unrestricted space travel. Bummer.

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. David Madeira Beach, FL

    If everyone finds her so offensive and intolerant, why does this wacko still have a job and sell millions of books?! The sad truth is a majority of America agrees w/her. Coulter’s popularity is proof we are still a racist, homophobic, intolerant and hateful nation. God help us!

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Sonia Olson, Bloomington, MN

    In reading all of these comments, I am struck by one thing. My upbringing is Christian. My grandfather was a Lutheran minister. I considered myself a Christian. But over the years I've become fearful of ALL organized religions. They have become tools of hate; excuses to discriminate; justification for feeling superior to our neighbors. Ann's comments, and those of many others, prove that. How many times can the Bible be used as a weapon?

    If every person in the world renounced their 'religion' and lived by the simple precept of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" we would all be closer to living in the peace we desire. And we may finally live up to our Creator's expectations of us.

    October 12, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Christie, Galveston, TX

    As a Christian, I'm ashamed to be lumped in the same category with this woman. She's absolutely insane. Nothing good comes from her mouth. It's a shame that she has such a public stage from which to spew lies and hatred.

    October 12, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. malik muhammad

    That was a very foolish and hypocritical statement to make as if christianity in america is being practiced by the one's who profess it including herself.she and others talk god but dont live god so in saying that i dont believe she's so concerned about the religous plight of america for this nation has never practiced and did the will of god only talked it,you have muslims in this nation who adhere to the laws of the land cause no trouble at all are some of its best citizens and other faiths as well.

    October 12, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Diane, Algona Iowa

    Ann- "He who lives by the sword – dies by the sword" or as we say on the street "what goes around – comes around." enjoy the bed you've been putting people in for years. Feel Good?

    October 12, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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