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. Nick, Houston, TX

    Another thing I am so confused about..is why people separate being a Christian from religion? I am a Christian and Jews are different then me? Christianity is anybody who believes in Jesus Christ. Religion is not going to get you to heaven..

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. D. Trott

    A pox on all three of Abraham's religions.

    October 12, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. KN, Los Angeles

    People like her with that mentality is what's wrong with this country. There's no difference between her and Ahmadinejad, just change Moslem for Christian.

    Bottom line, if people stop paying attention to her, she'll go away. She's just crying out for attention. A woman who is 45 years old and still single? You just KNOW she has issues.

    October 12, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. PJ. Washington, DC

    She is catering to her customers. People buy her books and listen to her because she says things that they themselves believe. Each time she says something outrageous she gets the free marketing exposure that any money-minded individual seeks. There are actually people in the United States that can relate to her comments. Our responsibility is that we do not remain silent as she and people like her voice their hate. She is hateful.

    October 12, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Don Howard Buffalo NY

    This guy wrote:
    How can you confuse Ahmedinijad, whose goal is the death of all Jews, with Ann Coulter's comments? Wishing people to convert to your faith is not the same as wishing them dead. Is it anti-Semitic to encourage Jewish people to attend your church?

    Posted By Matt Dooley, Roanoke VA : October 11, 2007 6:03 pm
    No, it's not anti-Semitic to invite them to church. What she said, (although, like others, I believe she said it only for outrageous affect) was that being Jewish is wrong and the US would be a better country if everyone were Christians. I would change it to "if everyone lived the true Christian ideals regardless of their religion" the world could really be much better.

    October 12, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Teresa, Shippensburg, PA

    Shrewdest woman around, her publicity just grows and grows by everyone giving attention to her poison. She is a megalomaniac who long ago discovered the quickest route to fame. And fortune.

    October 12, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I am an author who just had a novel published. Finding publicity as a way to get the word out for my book was astoundingly difficult. Ms. Coulter has found a way to sell her soul, err, her book, by saying hateful, cruel and ignorant statements for the Almighty Amazon.com Shame...

    October 12, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Adel, Los Angeles, CA

    hah, hah, hah, hah, hah, hoooooo, hah, hah, lllllllooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll...I'm trying to stop, really.....To have that much belief in yourself is impressive, scary but impressive.

    October 12, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Barry, Miami, FL

    I've said this before: Ann Coulter is a performance artist who makes money at her art. Great people inspire though, not incite rage. There's more money in rage these days. Ann has the market cornered on that with the crap she says. Some people are still buying. Stop buying and Ann can fade away and go back to knocking people out of their wheelchairs and running over slow-moving pedestrians with her SUV.

    October 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Paul, Saginaw MI

    I guess she is not allowed to think that her religion is the best.

    How arrogant to think that Christians need to think all other religions are equal. If I thought that, I would not be a Christian. I would be whatever I thought was best. It is not rocket science.

    But if you actually thought it through, you wouldn't get to hate Ann, now would you.

    Who's intolerant? Her, or her haters?

    October 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Larry. San Diego, Ca

    ALERT. This just in to Fox News, Ann Coulter admits to being born a man. Details at Ten.

    October 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Heather, Dayton, Ohio

    It is pathetic that she would say such comments in an already judgemental world. I am a christian and I do not believe that it would be any better if we all were. The conflict and misery existing today is not a result of religion and what God you believe in. It is anger, mismanagement, and ignorance. I am embarrased that she calls herself chrisitan as one of the most important characteristics is being non-judegmental...only God himself should judge. And he will judge her when she appears before him. And for that I am sorry because her actions will paint her path for eternity.

    October 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Lee James

    Ann Coulter is a clown. A dangerous clown. She is a biggot, a fool and a woman who will say anything for a headline. She would be insignificant if it were not for the fact that some people in America actually believe her. The Republican party should disavow ant statements she makes and banish her from the party.

    October 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    She's pitting one religion against another. Doesn't every religion claim to be the right one? That is the essense of her statement. Deutsch feels the same (if his religion is Judaism and he is not simply talking about his ethnic background) only in favor of Judaism. If Christianity is south, Judaism north, Islam west and Buddhism east you can't go North and West nor can North say you can get North by going West. This is the way religion works. The only way to go North, is to go North. If you're Christian you don't believe in Buddah. If you're Jewish you don't believe Jesus was the Messiah. What she says makes perfect sense. Think about it first and worry about being offended second.

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Robert, Westbrook CT

    As so many toys from China have been recalled, is it possible to recall Ann Coulter? She makes a lot of money being a completly insensitive moron. Ann would like America to look like the 2004 Reublican Convention... hmmm. I say we drop Ann Coulter off on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York and lets she how long it is she lasts.

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Jim Palmer, Boca Raton Florida

    Ann Coulter has always been a Goose Stepping closet Nazi and always will be. Let's hear from her publisher and see if what they think. Will they start pulling her books off the shelves or is the almight dollar more important than spewing Neo-Nazi Fascism?

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Rocky, Cleveland, OH

    I believe that Ann did not state correctly what she was attemtping to say. Truly born-again Christians who believe they are going to heaven are doing so by placing their faith in the Jewish Messiah Jesus who came and died for all men's sins. He fulfilled all Old Testament (Covenant) promises and predictions. Anyone who places their faith in Him Alone as their Savior will go to heaven whether they be of the many "Christian" faiths, the Jewish faith, Islam or others. The difference in where one goes is not based on what one does, but on what Jesus Christ Jeshua Messiah has already done. He was the slain sacrifice fulfilling Old Testament laws. His shed blood covers the sins of all mankind who place their faith in Him alone, no works, not a church, not any other dogma or creed.

    October 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Patrick, Kentwood, Louisiana

    Please, all cultured and educated liberals, leave the neo-RNC's poster child without comment.. after all, she's their very own (RNC) of Babylon.......how much more Christain can you get?

    October 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. LA Ann Arbor, MI

    Get her off TV, ignore her. No, wait. I hope we hear more from her, the more she talks, the more certain it is that her party will never win again. Keep up the good work, Ann!

    October 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Why does this scrawny, hate-filled harpy get any airtime? She's just a tool of the lefties and we always know she's going to say something incredibly stupid and inflammatory. I'd find her boring if she wasn't so ugly.

    October 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Tom in Miami Florida

    Her comment is no less offensive than Don Imus's or some of the insensitive hate coming out of Iran. Perhaps, she'll be on the next invite to IRAN.

    October 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. steve, Dallas TX

    Her message wasn't delivered well, but it's not anti-semetic to say what she said. Look, Christians believe in everything that the Old Testament says (Judiasm) and also believe in the New Testamnet(Christianity). Christians hope that people come to know Jesus and convert. That being said, Jesus was a Jew who was also our lord. The first Christians were all Jews. They were made "perfect" by Christ dying on the cross. This is not anti-semetic, just our belief system. Christians should love Jews and Judaim for being an integral part of our history as Christians. Jesus was a Jew. He was called Rabbi by his followers. He taught new ideas that were not considered in the mainstream of Judiasm and was eventually persecuted for this. It can not be anti-semetic to acknowledge that Christians are a "perfected" Jew, because Jesus was a Jew and perfected us by dying on the cross. Can you not forget the political rhetoric and just understand logic, or are you all so blinded by your hatred off Ms Coulter?

    October 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Al

    you almost think that she is actually being paid by anti-christian groups to make christians look crazy.

    October 12, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Jack Hemenshaw , Ft.Lauderdale, FL

    As bizarre as it sounds, I bet ya Bill Clinton would still do her...even as his new role of roaming ambassador will keep him busy. God Bless poor Ann C – still driving them left wingers nutty!

    October 12, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Mark, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador

    Why in a secular society is religion giving any time at all on our political airwaves? When will the devoutly religious finally realize that religion is a personal thing not and is not to be forced on everybody? I was a Catholic but now I'm atheist because I just can come to associate my myself with the Vatican and with people like AC. In the words of Mr. Hutchens, "Religion poisons everything."

    October 12, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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