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. Ron Enders Gilead section, Hebron CT (very biblical Ann)

    Fast Track, Federal Express Christian. Ann is amuck with little or no knowledge of the scriptures. Please stop calling this woman "educated". Please put her in the same media garbage heap Hilton landed in.

    October 12, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Brien, Groton, CT

    Ann Coulter is living proof that the Three Stooges had children – although that is an unfair to the Three Stooges.

    October 12, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Indianapolis, IN

    After the interview she was probably out on the street working a corner or something like a typical, hypocritical, conservative Christian. I think SHE should be perfected by being humanely euthanized!!! Our society would be better off.

    October 12, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. r. michael rice

    Ms. Coulter has proven by her actions that she does not follow the example or the teachings of Jesus. It is not what you claim to 'believe' but how you live your life ('by their fruits you shall know that they are my disciples...that they have LOVE one to another').

    I'm sure she's a good church member and a good conservative but that doesn't mean she's a follower of the teachings of Jesus (a Christian).

    She does not speak for God, Jesus or Christians. She speaks only for herself and her sad desire for attention.

    October 12, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Wendell Long, Maryville, Tn

    America was formed as a Christian nation and should remain as one. Otherwise freedom will no longer be in America. Jesus Christ is the answer for the world.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Rose San Diego CA

    I don't pay so much attention to this Coulter creature but this time she surpassed her ignorance and insensitivity. Why the media gave her a chance to deliver such callous views about other religion?

    St. Mary Parishoner

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. R. LaScola, SLO, CA

    The flap over Coulter has reached hysterical proportions. Every Christian knows of Jesus' admonition to go forth to all nations and preach the good news. Coulter is a Christian. Don't turn her into an anti-semite as the spinners surely will. By the way, she would also prefer democrats to be republicans. And Pelosi would prefer that everyone vote for a democratic ticket. Double wow.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Jesse, Pittsburgh PA

    Mike, in response to your stating, "...if the whole world is Christian, there will never be any problem...", we have only to look to the Reformation to prove that you're a numbskull. Do you mean Protestant Christian? If so, what kind? The KKK are Christians, and we know how much they love Catholics.

    Most of the extreme posts provided here show a deficiency in grammar, punctuation, and basic facility of the English language. How can we expect Christians to understand the intricacies of science if they can't even understand the basic elements of communication? To the less closed-minded but still languistically-impaired, you should know better. All it requires is a little conscientiousness before you hit the "Send" button.

    Religion is a highly-communicable (and often deadly – ask the bombers of abortion clinics) disease, and Christianity is its most virulent strand precisely because of Coulter's aggressive attempts at Evangelism. Not even Jesus knew the beast he was unleashing when he told his followers to spread the gospel to the four corners of the earth.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. K.D.Fischer, Circleville OH

    Education level and stupidity are two different things. Bigotry is born of fear and feelings of inadequacy. She is to be pitied. Ms. Coulter can believe and say whatever she wants, that is the beauty of our Constitution. Her brand of Christianity is a major reason that I no longer label my faith practice as "Christian".

    October 12, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. A. Martin, Toronto, ON

    "Is it anti-Semitic to encourage Jewish people to attend your church?"

    If not anti-semetic, it's highly offensive.

    October 12, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    This is why Muslims dont like christian Americans. Christian Americans think their too good and we should all be like them.

    October 12, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Barabas, Hot City, TX

    Blogs are popping up on this story faster than you can read them. Ann Coulter got exactly what she wanted.

    October 12, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Prior, Columbus, Ohio

    Does she know that Jesus was a Jewish rabbi?

    October 12, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Charles Beagle, Minneapolis, MN

    Shiver me Himmler it's the RNC's Julius Streicher! ....."Spank her ass and call her Goebbels"

    October 12, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Menachem, Tel.Aviv, Israel

    I find it hard to believe that in a multi-cultural world that we still have this type of nonsense. As a Jew, I am personally offended.

    What I find interesting is that this "educated" woman hasn't read up on her own religion. If she had, she would recognize that Christianity is nothing but warmed-over paganism. There is NO historical evidence that Jesus even existed.

    October 12, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Concerned American

    Unbelievable. This is what's wrong with our contry today. Fascist (_)*(()*(). Perfected Christian my PI(&)P(&*)(**.

    October 12, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Chris, Dallas TX

    Okay, this is really what most nut job, Christian right, Republicans think but don't say out loud. Right wing Christian Republicans are never tolerant and would be happy with removal of all others in their way. Look at history in Europe, religion and politics never come to a good end. We are a very young country still to really deal with the ugly side of a political machine run by religion. Most of the sick/crazy people like Ann come from the sick and infected GOP, full of hate, bigotry and ignorance.

    October 12, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. RBS, New Hampshire

    Regardless which religion is being represented, the country was founded on the freedom of religion. That was one of the initial reasons that the American "melting pot" came into being – people were trying to escape intolerance and being told which religion to practice. America would not be what it is today without that freedom, as well as many others such as freedom of speech. So – AC can say what she likes, so can you, but as another commenter noted, it would serve us all well to learn to agree to disagree. BUT – people need to find harmony with each other, and stop taking every little comment as a personal offense. Finding the harmony will lesson the hate, which will hopefully will have a positive domino effect. Honesty, respect, and consideration to all.

    October 12, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Michael, Hartford, CT

    She is a sample of the so call "base group" of the Republican Party. If you agree with her, you know that you also belong in that group. Be like Ann a be a good Republican!

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Ziggy, Cary NC

    Yes she can be that stupid...and bigoted and ignorant. Those are the traits of a "true" ultra right conservative. Thank whatever god you believe that she and Rush Limbaugh will never concieve children together.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. John Brantford canada

    She would have done well in Germany 1933


    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. J Eads, Simi Valley, CA

    It is irresponsible comments like this by a high profile person in the media that inflame the passion and rage of radical groups throughout the world. Having tolerance means keeping your biased opinion to yourself! Everyone has biases and opinions. But opinions should reflect positive and constructive criticism. Not hurtful and maligning thoughts that teter on the brink of ethnic cleansing. Shame on Coulter! She needs a good Jewish shrink.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. David, Beverly Hills, California

    As an atheist and left-leaning independent, I am often frustrated and angered by the rhetoric, ignorance, insensitivity and hypocrisy of the Christian Right wing of the GOP. However, this attention lover is so revolting to normal and decent non-extremists, that I say let her talk. Give her rope. She is so out there, that she is her own worst enemy. Nothing we can say or do will change her. We just have to endure it until she has offended so many people that she marginalizes herself. Let her yap away on Fox News, let her sell her books to those few that she represents, and know that she speaks for a sick minority. And remember, if she was born anywhere else in the world, she would be just as extreme. Except she would be an extreme Jew, an extreme Muslim, an extreme Buddhist, an extreme Hindu etc. To fight her, is to validate her. Rise above.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Phil, Penngrove, CA

    Ann Coulter has evolved into someone who just says anything.

    "This is some fellow,
    Who, having been praised for bluntness, doth affect
    A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb
    Quite from his nature: he cannot flatter, he,
    An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth!
    And they will take it, so; if not, he's plain.
    These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness
    Harbour more craft and more corrupter ends
    Than twenty silly ducking observants
    That stretch their duties nicely."

    From "King Lear." After this speech, Cornwall proceeds to have Kent put in the stocks. Too bad we don't use stocks anymore.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Jill Johnson - San Antonio, TX

    Thank you Ann! Based on all the comments here, I think you all have proven Ann Coulter correct in her statement that a true liberal cannot be a christian. And I think the liberals are proud of that.

    October 12, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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