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. Eric, Reston, VA

    Headlines or not, Ann Coulter is just an idiot and we should all 'perfect' ourselves by no longer paying attention to her or her ridiculous comments.

    October 12, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Teh, North Miami Beach, Florida

    In television, how the head moves is more important than whats in it.

    Coulter is a useful tool for the ruling elite to keep the masses occupied with the usual SEX, SCREEN and SPORT, known as the 3 "S's".

    She is a for the mainstream media of which over 96% of it is controlled by seven Jewish families.

    She does what is necessary to shock those who would waste their time with her drivel, lies and nonsense.

    Coulter could well be the "bubble-headed bleached blonde who comes on at Five who can tell you about a plane crash with a gleam in her eye"

    Listen to Don Henley's Dirty Laundry.

    October 12, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. John, Driggs, Idaho

    We all come from the same place. If you're a "Big Banger", you believe that the universe started from an infinitesimal point of, I'd like to say space but it didn't exist then. If you are a Believer, you believe that the universe was created from nothing by God, Mystery, The Infinite or however you want to call Creator. I see very little difference in the two types of beginning. Since everything we know came from the same place we owe each other and the entire universe respect. We should respect different perspectives. Wars start because men or women fail to do so.

    If, as Mike in Manchester says, we have an innate sense right and wrong, where does it come from. There are a lot of perspectives on right and wrong. Islamic Fascists believe it is right to murder infidels. Without some all pervasive sense of right and wrong who is to say that fascists are wrong. Without some guiding principles there is no right or wrong. Each human being makes his/her own decision to act as he/she sees fit. Then the only right is anarchy.

    Ann Coulter may be simply expressing her own point of view. However, to say that our country would be better if everyone were Christian is intolerant and disrespectful of other points of view. I guess she is entitled to her way of thinking but diatribe is not conducive to dialogue.

    October 12, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Steve, NY. NY.

    It is interesting to see how quick some folks are to "hang" Ann for her stupid comments. It is also funny that if anything is said that does not paint the Jewish religion / race in anything but glowing terms is considered "Anti-Semitic". The basic principle that Ann fumbled over – was the fact that Christianity accepts the Old Testament (Torah) as the foundation, with a New Testament written for Jesus. I've said this before many times – Christians are Jews in a different outfit. No person on the face of this planet is perfect. If the thought of self perfection crosses your mind then that is a clear sign of delisusion. It does not matter what religion you believe in – if you don't act like a normal human being – all of your religious beliefs are useless to yourself and the rest of the world. Ann is no dummy – she's stoking the fires for more sales of her books and appearances. Dear Jewish folks – please put away the pitchforks, douse the bondfires, and realize that this woman is not a represenatative of every Christian or Conservative. It is high time we start to work together as human beings first – leaving the ancient dogma and religious hatred to the past. That's my humble opinion.

    October 12, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Leo, LA, CA

    Religion should be separated from schools and anything else not affiliated with a church! I would be highly appalled if a school made my child take a religion course. Sorry doesn't matter if it is an unbiased religion course. Public school is not the place for it. Religion has become way to much of a thing because one religion things they are above all others. Well ya know what? The religious fanatics get away with it because the people who have no religion or have other religions refuse to fight. Why? Because they are scared of what their friends would say if they told them they weren't religious or whatever the case may be. But it's mostly the people who have no denomination that don't speak up, because having no denomination is worse than the devil to christians. And who knows what to anything else, considering the US is MOSTLY christians. And these christians are why are rights keep getting fewer and fewer. Oh I know that's gonna bring some inflammatory remarks. Ya know what, I don't care. They are, it's these kind of people that were for back seatbelt laws, and taking away our medicines, and giving money to people that just keep popping out children so they can get more money without doing a dang thing. Yeah republicans are too church oriented. Democrats give too much money away without enough restrictions. We should restrict these welfare people to no more children once they are on welfare rather than giving more money when they pop another child out. Yeah this isn't exactly a response to just religion, I know I'm talking about other things. It's hard not to when religion effects all these other things. What we need is some independent political people to squash this mess. Everyone should have the rights in the consitution. We should not be limited in what we say or how we say it. We should not have rights set against things we do to our own bodies when it's not effecting other people. We should not have to have a third of our paychecks taken away. This is not America anymore when there is no freedom.

    October 12, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |


    October 12, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Josh, Charlotte, NC

    Ann Coulter is a shining example of why Republicans will lose the White House in 2008 and we'll all be forced into a higher-tax, higher-regulation regime under Hillary Clinton or some other Democrat. If Ann Coulter wants to help the conservative cause, she should keep her mouth shut and retreat into seclusion. That way, she'll stop driving people from the right.

    Not that I believe in this, but if she were such a good little conservative, she'd get back in the kitchen where she belongs.

    I agree she's a shock-jock. I wonder how she likes being compared to Howard Stern. Every so often, she needs to publicize a book or get back in the news to increase her earnings potential and we hear crap like this from her. But as I said above, she ends up hurting the cause she loves by speaking.

    I am amazed that the University of Michigan conferred a presigious law degree on such a complete moron.

    October 12, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Dave, Denver, Colorado

    It is SO easy to get people riled up!

    I really don't care what religion you follow. Judaism, Islam, Buddism, Hindu, Druid...I really don't care. Sure, I would like the entire world to convert to Christianity but the point is, it's your business in what you believe, not mine. It doesn't bother me if people say nasty things to me about it. I'm secure enough in my religion where sticks-n-stones don't hurt me...are you?

    October 12, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Don DeFeo Plano, TX

    Wow! What an idiot that is given media coverage to spew her reactionary ca-ca to the rest of us. Intolerant and arrogant are two words that come to mind, amongst others. I love the statement that several make...she SURELY cannot believe any of this: she is educated with a college degree for heaven's sake. Now let me see...thinking of someone with a PhD degree in Journalism that rose to the very heights of his profession in his country some time ago. Who was that?? None other than Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda for the National Socialist Party. Remember him?? Degreed in 1921 from the University of Heidelberg. Sterling fellow, yes?? Education and being truly educated are NOT synonymous, folks.
    Anne is a wonderful example of why, despite a strong personal spiritual base of belief in God, I am NOT a member of any organized religion. Way too many of these attitudes of "we are the ONLY way" for my taste. What a sick-o. Just trying to get headlines?? Poor excuse for such rabid intolerant statements. Not funny, Anne.

    October 12, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. IP freely

    Too funny!

    In one breath Coulter talks about being tolerant, and in another to get rid of Judaism! Is that funny, or what?????

    Or, how about when she refers to the 2004 GOP convention as a fine example of tolerant? Is that funny, or what??

    What a freak show!@

    October 12, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. P. Linn, Clear Lake Shores, TX

    Why is she back? We had gotten rid of her over her last stupid comment. More idiocy doesn't make her relevant.

    October 12, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Don Rosenberg Palatine, Illinois 60067

    Coulters comments about Jews are the
    thoughts of a racist Christian !! Its an arrogant and patronizing remark that "We need to be perfected" when in Truth Christians,like her, need to understand that without Judaism there would be no Christians like her to spout idiot comments. Success has gone to her head. She needs to read
    more history and the many shortcomings of Christianity.

    October 12, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Dustin, Indianapolis, Indiana

    i'm going to recommend a class action lawsuit against CNN on behalf of all conservatives and commentators. Ms. Coulter is neither – she is an opportunistic media wh@#re who realizes that if she doesn't make these stupid comments about once every two or three months, she'll quickly lose relevance. Referring to her as a "conservative" or a "commentator" is to besmirch the reputation of both groups, because she is a member of neither.

    October 12, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Andre

    2 words Adam's Apple what da hell is up with that hahahah!

    October 12, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. William

    Much ado about nothing.

    October 12, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Anonymous

    She should be fired from life.

    October 12, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |


    October 12, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. John, Minneapolis MN

    For me, this is the last straw. I am now absolutely 100% convinced Coulter is an agent provocateur. To that end, keep up the garbage Ann, you elucidate all which is wrong with the Right in America.

    Run Ann Run!

    October 12, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. mike edelman

    You can just as easily argue
    that christianity is a minority
    religion in the world and that
    islam or hinduism is the fast
    track..Jews have a problem
    with the immaculate conception
    and Jesus as the messiah...
    many educated people see that
    as a man made fantasy to get
    the peasants to stay in line

    October 12, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Kara, St. Louis, MO.

    I'm the most disturbed about this woman enforcing an idea of a uniform American community. It undermines the foundation of this country. No difference in thought, background, or opinions would put our nation on par with an extreme dictatorship. In closing, I suppose that means it's important that she shares views like this, but that so many others are allowed and encouraged to share those that are differing.

    October 12, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Kevin Orlando Florida

    Based on her comments here, and in previous interviews, it's very clear that Ann truly has absolutley no idea what it means to be Christian. If Christ came back today he would literally spit on all the so called Christians today that are more concerned with legalism, materialism, and politics-none of which, Christ endorsed. She continues to make ignorant and inflamatory comments to sell more books. She is the antithesis of what a Christian (i.e. Christ-like) should be.

    October 12, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Paul Tulsa Ok

    Up till now ive somewhat supported Coulter.

    Even though I am a athiest I am offended by those (of any faith) who push their views onto others.

    Her comments was offensive even to me.

    Religously, no one person has a right or duty to tell another whehter their faith is better or not (as she did).

    If she had said the same thing to my face, I might not have been nice in my response (verbally & otherwise).

    A former Coulter supporter.

    October 12, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Jake, Austin, TX

    well, Donnie, I can believe she said all that. she craves making these headline statements. I would prefer the world was Christian, too, but I am realistic about the diversity in this world.

    October 12, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. marc, Ft lauderdale, Fl

    As a Democrat or Independent and a Jew, I have to say I am really HAPPY AC is out there saying these remarks publicly. Even if she didnt mean them, she is more effective as a republican killer than any ad or tv campaign could ever be. I wish they would invite her to the RNC Covention and let her be a part of the debates. It would be a cakewalk for the democrats by the time she got finished. She actually makes Rush Limbaugh look like a moderate, and that is saying something.

    October 12, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Dennis

    Ann is only partially correct. God has outlined his plans for the Jew and the Gentiles. The Jew rejected Christ and have been layed aside while God forms the Church but after the Church is finished He will deal with the Jew again and they will receive jesus christ as their messiah. It's all in the Bible!

    October 12, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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