Coulter Shocks People By Actually Believing In Christianity

At this early hour of the morning, there seems to be a controversy shaping up over what should be relatively uncontroversial comments from Ann Coulter about religion. Before it’s over, it seems likely that Coulter’s comments will probably end up irritating people on both sides of the fence. On to the transcript,

“From the October 8 edition of CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch:

COULTER: Well, OK, take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America, they —

DEUTSCH: Christian — so we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?

COULTER: Yes.

DEUTSCH: We should all be Christian?

COULTER: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donny?

DEUTSCH: So I should not be a Jew, I should be a Christian, and this would be a better place?

COULTER: Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but you’re not.

DEUTSCH: I actually am. That’s not true. I really am. But — so we would be better if we were – if people — if there were no Jews, no Buddhists —

COULTER: Whenever I’m harangued by —

DEUTSCH: — in this country? You can’t believe that.

COULTER: — you know, liberals on diversity —

DEUTSCH: Here you go again.

COULTER: No, it’s true. I give all of these speeches at megachurches across America, and the one thing that’s really striking about it is how utterly, completely diverse they are, and completely unself-consciously. You walk past a mixed-race couple in New York, and it’s like they have a chip on their shoulder. They’re just waiting for somebody to say something, as if anybody would. And —

DEUTSCH: I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree with that at all. Maybe you have the chip looking at them. I see a lot of interracial couples, and I don’t see any more or less chips there either way. That’s erroneous.

COULTER: No. In fact, there was an entire Seinfeld episode about Elaine and her boyfriend dating because they wanted to be a mixed-race couple, so you’re lying.

DEUTSCH: Oh, because of some Seinfeld episode? OK.

COULTER: But yeah, I think that’s reflective of what’s going on in the culture, but it is completely striking that at these huge megachurches — the idea that, you know, the more Christian you are, the less tolerant you would be is preposterous.

DEUTSCH: That isn’t what I said, but you said I should not — we should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians, then, or —

COULTER: Yeah.

DEUTSCH: Really?

COULTER: Well, it’s a lot easier. It’s kind of a fast track.

DEUTSCH: Really?

COULTER: Yeah. You have to obey.

DEUTSCH: You can’t possibly believe that.

COULTER: Yes.

DEUTSCH: You can’t possibly — you’re too educated, you can’t — you’re like my friend in —

COULTER: Do you know what Christianity is? We believe your religion, but you have to obey.

DEUTSCH: No, no, no, but I mean —

COULTER: We have the fast-track program.

DEUTSCH: Why don’t I put you with the head of Iran? I mean, come on. You can’t believe that.

COULTER: The head of Iran is not a Christian.

DEUTSCH: No, but in fact, “Let’s wipe Israel” —

COULTER: I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention.

DEUTSCH: “Let’s wipe Israel off the earth.” I mean, what, no Jews?

COULTER: No, we think — we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.

DEUTSCH: Wow, you didn’t really say that, did you?

COULTER: Yes. That is 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: In my old days, I would have argued — when you say something absurd like that, there’s no —

COULTER: What’s absurd?

DEUTSCH: Jews are going to be perfected. I’m going to go off and try to perfect myself —

COULTER: Well, that’s what the New Testament says.

DEUTSCH: Ann Coulter, author of If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, and if Ann Coulter had any brains, she would not say Jews need to be perfected. I’m offended by that personally. And we’ll have more Big Idea when we come back.

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DEUTSCH: Welcome back to The Big Idea. During the break, Ann said she wanted to explain her last comment. So I’m going to give her a chance. So you don’t think that was offensive?

COULTER: No. I’m sorry. It is not intended to be. 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, you know, 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: You said — your exact words were, “Jews need to be perfected.” Those are the words out of your mouth.

COULTER: No, I’m saying that’s what a Christian is.

DEUTSCH: But that’s what you said — don’t you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic —

COULTER: No!

DEUTSCH: How do you not see? You’re an educated woman. How do you not see that?

COULTER: That isn’t hateful at all.

DEUTSCH: But that’s even a scarier thought. OK —

COULTER: No, no, no, no, no. I don’t want you being offended by this. 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, [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.”

Oddly, for a man who lives in a predominantly Christian nation, Deutsch seems to be utterly unfamiliar with the basic tenets of Christianity, one of which is that you can only be saved through Jesus Christ.

I know some people prefer the cutsie wootsie, politically correct version of Christianity that says, “I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, pprays to the same God.”

Unfortunately, that belief isn’t consistent with the Bible. There is no line in the Bible that says, “Muslim, Hindu, Scientology, Buddhist, Wiccan, whatever — as long as you’re worshipping something, you’re worshipping God.” That’s why there are Christian missionaries. They don’t just try to reach people who have no religion at all; they try to reach people of other religions and convert them to Christianity.

So, what does that mean for the Jews? Well, they’re still God’s chosen people and they deserve a measure of respect based on that fact alone, but they don’t believe Jesus was the son of God, which Christians believe is a requirement to get into heaven.

…….Which brings us to what Ann Coulter said that will probably aggravate some Christians,

So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean, [Rev. Jerry] Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws.

Although I don’t think it’s the place of a mere human to speak on behalf of God about which people He’s going to allow into heaven, there’s no Bible verse I’ve seen quoted that says “follow laws” and you get into heaven whether you believe in Christ or not. Maybe Jerry Falwell got talked into that position, but it’s certainly not a mainstream Christian belief.

Last but not least, this is a country that has enshrined freedom of religion in its Constitution and even if we don’t agree with each other’s religious views, we can and should respect people’s right to follow whatever religion they choose. However, along similar lines, religions are not interchangeable and to hint that proselytizing is out of bounds or that all people should agree that other religions are just as valid as their own, also runs counter to American principles. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wiccan, Kabbalah practitioner, you name it, you have a Constitutional right to practice your religion, believe it’s the one true religion if you so choose, and try to convert others to it.

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