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. Oscar Phillips, Greensboro, NC

    America would be a better place if none of us were Ann Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. MK, Philadelphia, PA

    Adding to JCR's comments. Christians also broke THE primary covenant with God by refuting circumcision !
    Also, Ann forgets that the Muslims think THEY are the perfection of both Jews and Christians, and they .believe both should convert to Islam for salvation. Judaism is the only one of the three major Western religions that isn't evangelical- particluarly at the point of a sword- and assumes that ALL good people, regardless of religion, will go to "heaven" (and let's not get into THAT discussion).

    October 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Michael, Atlanta, GA

    Well she has an opinion and if someone wants to give her a venue to express those opinions then that is their business. No one said you have to agree with it or even listen to it.
    Deutsch should come up with a better argument as to why she is wrong but other than that I don't see anything wrong with what Ann Coulter said.

    October 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Sean Patrick - Kalamazoo, MI

    "However – let the liberals commence attacking her."

    Yeah, and I'm sure if a Democrat like Clinton or Obama uttered these blockheaded remarks, the Coultergeist would rush to their defense rahter than just pile on...

    October 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. John, Wake Forest NC

    Sure. Perfect the Jews into Christianity. In the Muslim world that same perfection would be conversion to Islam. Missionary activity is exactly as Coulter: offend people by telling them their system is wrong. Coulter stereotypes conservatives of all faiths, who would force their beliefs on the world. That's why the world is at war. Her mouth ought to be convicted of hate crimes.

    October 12, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. "Still waiting for a perfected Coulter", Philadelphia, PA

    Will the media please stop spending time with this woman? For goodness sakes...what an idiot!

    October 12, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Raymond, Colorado Springs, CO

    How about we just get rid of Christianity instead?

    October 12, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Frank, Tallahasse, Fl.

    Well, there must be a book coming out. I mean, come on....doesn't she do this every time she has a new book? She says something controversial and rakes in the $$$ as a result of the exposure. While I do not care for Ann Coulter or her politics, one can't argue with the effectiveness and ultimate success of her tactics. Are they slimey and underhanded? Sure they are. Are they meant to do nothing more than whip the public into a frenzy? Of course. If people would stop reacting to her and just ignore her blatant marketing ploy, she would probably eventually just go away. She banks on the reaction she's getting folks. Anyone with a toddler understands this behavior. If you cater to it, you're stuck with it.

    October 12, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Tom, Dallas TX

    Ann Coutler is deficient and has lost any credibility which she had. It's hilarious how some conservatives believe any & everything that pours out of the whole in her face.

    October 12, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Fred, Ottawa, Ontario

    Being educated does not in any way denote intelligence and Ms. Coulter is an example of this fact. Christianity, like most religions, is not about tolerance, it's about control, which Ms. Coulter practices without regret. It's a shame Don Imus wasn't given the same slack as her. So many Americans thrive on bandwagon tolerance and this utter waste of DNA knows it. No matter how the bible thumpers spin it, what she said was actually the opposite of what Jesus supposedly preached. Well, that's religion for ya. I prefer free will and reality.

    October 12, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Ted, Atlanta GA

    Why do people continue to value anything she says. She is irrelevent.

    October 12, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Lee in Dallas, TX

    So much for free speech in America. I guess you can only speak your mind if it's consistent with a liberal's (tolerant) view point. Boy is that a double standard.

    October 12, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Denise, Philadelphia, PA

    I personally hate Ann Coulter and all she stands for, but I have to say that I could find little offense in what she said to Deutsch – although the way she presented her argument could have been put forth in a more sensitive manner. However, the fact is that Christianity is based on – among other things – the belief that one can only receive salvation through faith in God and Jesus. Unfortunately, this serves to say that the Jews have it all wrong because they do not believe that Jesus is the son of God and the Savior of all. Ms. Coulter was merely stating one of the basic beliefs of Christianity. Am I defending her? Not really – I personally don't think we'd all be better off if everyone were Christian. But what she said is the truth about Christianity as it is reflected in the Bible – whether people like it or not – and I cannot fault her for that.

    October 12, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Barnes&Noble

    Wow! 279 posts the first day...
    Congradulations Ann.

    October 12, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Mauricio Poplicher, Caracas, Venezuela

    Her books are great but......she is antisemite.

    October 12, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Henry, NY, NY

    John C writes about Christians: "For a full measure of horror, they even claim that one of their ceremonies is cannibalism!" Yes, that may seem bizarre to the uneducated but would seem to be in lock-step with the celebration of infantcide (the angel of death passing over taking the children of the non-believers). Maybe the Christians and Jews have more in common than we thought.

    Also, Suzanne that "dumb blonde" comment was offensive and frankly, did you take a look at the picture? It was obviously a dye-job and not a very good one at that.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Jennifer, Washington DC

    EXCUSE ME CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HOW CAN YOU ALLOW SUCH TRASH ON YOUR COMMENTARY PAGES? The words cu*t and nappy headed hoe ARE NOT words I expect to read on your website.

    If you have "reviewed these comments and deemed them appropriate for posting", then I don't need to be reading your trash news.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Kathryn, Takoma Park, MD

    Ann Coulter makes Dr. Laura seem like John Lennon.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Nick, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Guess I'm really out of the loop. When was Coutler annointed to speak for all Christians?

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Laura, Mobile, Alabama

    It really disgusts me that Ann Coulter would use the phrase “all Christians”. I am a Christian, and I would be shocked if Ann Coulter and I had any of the same views. She is a sexist (against women), racist hate perpetuator. Quite honestly, I would not be surprised to one day hear she is really a Democrat because all her hate speech makes people want to do is turn away from her party.

    We live in a free Country with free speech. It is our responsibility to take a stand against such hate.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Ed Sommers Springfield, MO

    Here we have yet another illustration of how religion can be used to divide people from each other. "My fantasy is better than your fantasy...and you'll burn in hell unless on sign on a become a member of my fantasy team". Total BS. Always was, always will be. Ann Coulter sells books but she is a heartless lowlife - in my constitutionally protected opinion.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. L Middleton, Miami Beach, Florida

    I am constantly dismayed at how angry and mean-spirited our right-wing political and social commentators have become the last 10 years. There sems to be no tolerance for opposing viewpoints or any understanding that people might be offended or hurt by their comments. Think back to Rush Limbaugh's attack on Michael J Fox (e.g. "he's faking his Parkinson's symptoms"); the constant gay-bashing by the religious right; questioning soldiers' patriotism when they criticize the President's policies; Coulter going after 9/11 widows ("harpies" as she calls them) and even Mitch McConnell's office attacking a 12-year old accident victim in the SCHIP debate. It's really sad they have brought political discourse to ad hominem attacks instead of actually dicussing the issues in a civil way.

    October 12, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Kelly ,Arkansas

    This is just insulting to everyone. I respect her freedom pf speach but she must remember that she does not live alone in this world, if you cannot say something constructive you might as well dont say anything at all.

    October 12, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Nick S., St. Paul, MN

    You do everyone a disservice by putting Ann Coulter on the "Political Ticker" blog. She is neither a public official nor an opinion leader. Even politicians don't deserve to be included in a group with her.

    October 12, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. David Weigle, Richmond, VA

    I would be very interested to see how often Ms. Coulter and her other conservative pundits actually attend a church service or read the Bible on a regular basis.

    October 12, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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