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. John (Beacon, New York)

    OK, look ... If you haven't figured out yet that Ann Coulter is an idiot, then I can't help you. The fact that anything she writes actually sells is a tribute to the brainlock of conservatives in this country. But at the very least, then – as a Democrat – I appreciate her reminding everyone where conservatives (and Republicans) are coming from. Thanks, Ann.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. omar, edinburg, texas

    she's just raking in the cash. whatever sells. she's a hooker. she'll do anything nasty or kinky to make conservatives feel empowered and right. white-power neo-nazis always talk about perfecting the race, what a strange word for her to use "perfected."

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Chip, Santiago, DR

    Way to go Ann. It's about time someone wasn't politically correct. I say let people "interpret" as they want, but I know exactly what Ann was saying and it is correct. A true Christian is a perfected Jew, but that doesn't mean a true Christian is intolerant of other's beliefs. The reporter intervieiwing him is such a "victimist" so common in our society. Heck, what religion doesn't think they have the "truth"? Ann just happens to be right. Go Ann!!!!!!

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Charlotte, New Orleans LA

    She is coming speak at my school, Tulane University, and the majority of people here are appalled. And I'm sure that they'll be even more appalled after this because the school is majority Jewish. This speaking event was not hosted by the school but rather by the Tulane College Republicans. I hope that there is a protest or something. She is a horrible person to have representing the Republican party and if Republicans want some respect they should definitely distance themselves from her. All she does is spew hatred.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Paco, Fresno, CA

    Jason (from Vineland):
    Christians don't "roll in their graves;" they're not even IN graves!

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Tara


    Ann Coulter is a talk-show host… a conservative shock-jock known to have an edgy sense of humor.

    If wants to explore the "Christian" beliefs – Ann is correct. Christians desire all people to find "salvation" which is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their savior. Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior.

    Ann was NOT saying Jewish people or any other faith do not have rights, value, or acceptance.

    However – let the liberals commence attacking her.
    Posted By Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca : October 11, 2007 5:57 pm "

    It may be true that this is what she "meant" but its not what she said. She could have put her views in the same way you did, which is grounds for a calm and non-offensive discussion on religion but opted not to. I would consider the words and tone she used as somewhat aggressive and that's why people are "attacking" back.

    Just my opinion.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. concerned, nyc, ny

    my problem with ann coulter is that like deutch said she can't possibly believe in what she's saying, and that she's only espousing these beliefs of hate in a shameless effort for publicity. shouldn't we and the media, at some point, begin ignoring her? stop buying her books, stop booking her on talk shows? stop giving creedence to her asinine remarks? let's give this woman what she dreads the most – no publicity. any sort of debate on her comments is just as ridiculous as the comments themselves.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. John, Miami Florida

    I guess this guy sums it up real fine:

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Ed Via, Camden Ohio

    Why does Ann Coulter continue to be someone anyone cares about? What is she still invited to talk shows, etc.? She's an extremist nut case.

    October 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Jeremy, Las Vegas NV

    I really hate Ann Coulter for being a hateful, rhetoric-spewing, attention-hungry infant, but, has anyone considered that her hateful rhetoric in this case is actually just Fundamental Christianity? And in that case, is it really Coulter we should be angry with?

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. W.Raul Castro

    I am a Christian, fairly well educated and this type of comments about Christianity are totally wrong. Unfortunatelly we have fascist Christian (most of right wings evangelicals) who have lost contact with the core teaching of the Bible, and they are promoting just a political agenda, which is conflict with the esence of Jesus teachings.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Joe Bradley, Homestead, FL

    As is the case most of the time "religion" is intermixed with "organized religion". There is quite a difference between someone who is "Baptist" for example and someone who jsut identifies themselves as Christian. A person who calls themselves Christian, usually non-denominational, believes it is their duty to deliver the good news or Gospel to as many "lost" souls as they can, so as to save them for heaven. Very simple concept: Jesus died to accept the punishment for our sins. It doesn't mean we can do anything we want with no consequence. It means that even as sinners, and even if we try as hard as we can to not sin, we are not perfect and we need Jesus' suffering to atone for our sins. Judaism believes Jesus was nothing more than a man that caused some trouble by saying he was the Son of God etc. and discounts the New Testament entirely. Christians believe as stated previously. When I visited Israel in the Navy, I found it strange that most Jews were not very "religious" they considered they Jewishness an ethnic description not a "religion". There is a small but growing number of Jews that believe Jesus was the Messiah they were waiting on. These Messianic Jews are probably closer to "true" Christians than most anyone else.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Joseph Greene, Wellington, FL

    The woman is an unmitigated bigot. She and her ilk should be shunted to the sidelines and their outrageous remarks and negative pot stirring be ignored.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Garrett, Oakland, CA

    I am beyond disappointed that Coulter is given serious air time to spew such an intolerant and ignorant message. Actually, I am sickened, as should any free-thinking, tolerant person regardless of their religous beliefs, or lack thereof. Coulter may present a more pleasant apperance than, let's say, an Islamic militant, but the message is the same – my beliefs are valid and yours are not.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Mark

    People offend far to easily. Get over yourself people

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "The first sermon the church ever preached was to a few thousand Jews at a Jewish feast, telling them they needed to change their ways, because they just killed the promised savior."

    Jews didn't kill this reputed Jesus guy. That was the Romans, now known as Italians. THEY killed Christ. To pretend that Jews could influence the notorious Jew killer Pontius Pilate shows what a fraud christianity has become. What happened was, the Council of Trent in the 4th century A.D. revised much of the bible, throwing out many of its writings and performing revisionism about Rome's role in killing this prophet.

    If you don't know the history of your own religion, why not shut the hell up?

    Italians killed Jesus. Live with it.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. pete

    Is this what George Bush meant when he said people should be taught alternative theories. Glad to know in a perfect world everyone would be a christian. Someone tell the protestant and catholics in northern Ireland.

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. elmerg, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Ann Coulter-

    Official spokesperson for the Republican Party, the Fundamentalist Christians, anti-abortion wingnuts, pro-wrestling fans, angry rich old white guys, FUX News fanatics, and all those lonely young right-wing blogger chickenhawks tapping on their keyboards from the safety of mommy's basement.

    Keep it up Annie babeeeee!

    October 12, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Patrick Frazier

    First it was Muslims, then Gays, now Jews. When will you Republicans see this woman as the racist, bigot that she is and ban her from your party. Will you allow her to paint you as the Party of Bigotry because it is not the consistent Party of Lincoln.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. JJ, San Antonio, TX

    WOW. If that's what Christianity is, I'll pass, thanks. Fast track? To what?? Intolerant ignorance? Ridiculous. Ann, read the words in red a few more times. That's not what Jesus' message was. Absolutely abhorring, Ann. You should be very ashamed. Geez, even I'm embarrassed.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Michael D., Rock Hill, SC

    Ann Coulter has shown her true arrogance, and stupidity by saying " Jews need to be perfected ". I am not Jewish, but who is she to judge a person based upon their religous beliefs ? Has she not read the Constitution lately ? I think there is a clause in it that states Freedom Of Religion. Besides that, it is one's personal, and moral right to choose what they believe. I don't know why anyone respects her big mouth !

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Curious Joe, NYC

    This is what had always made the woman one of the most despicable people on the radar. She absolutely knows better. It's just that every consideration – faith, war, life, country, morality – all of it holds a very distant second place to her own self-promotion and, therefore, enrichment. She makes my skin crawl.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Colin Spriestersbach Mpls MN

    It's time Coulter was committed to an insane asylum. She is a very real danger to America with her Nazi views. America is strong because it IS diverse. Boycott her now everywhere!

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. K. Swinn, Norfolk, VA

    Christians are some of the most intolerant people I have ever encountered. Most believe it is their way or the highway which I find repugnant. When I meet a 'perfect' Christian I think I will faint on the spot and Ms. Coulter is WRONG, Christians are not 'perfected' Jews. I realize Ms. Coulter is basically a shock jock much in the vein of Don Imus or Howard Stern but just as Imus and Howard step over the line so does Ms. Coulter. By the way Ms. Coulter I practice Buddhism and I personally believe America would be a better place if everyone were Buddhist.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Dan, Danville, CA

    I’m not surprised by what she says, and others should not be either. Her statements simply reflect what Christians fundamentally believe – that Judaism is imperfect and only converting to Christianity will make them perfect. Indeed, our entire middle east policy is based on this premise in the form of making it possible for the Jews to dominate the region so that the Messiah will return. Once the Messiah returns then the Jews will have a choice- convert to Christianity or be sent to hell. You may think this is a joke, but this philosophy has been behind US mideast policy since the early 1900’s. Ann Coulter is simply a mouthpiece for this vision and follows a long line of such people. Nothing new here at all.

    October 12, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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