Militant Christian Rails Against "Effeminate" Jesus

The retired general turned right-wing evangelical activist made the remarks at a Men's Prayer Breakfast.

General Jerry Boykin.
Photo Credit: Chuck Holton/Flickr

A former American general turned right-wing evangelical activist recently told an audience that the mainstream narrative about Jesus was all wrong.  

According to Jerry Boykin, vice president of the Family Research Council, Jesus is not weak and effeminate, as the modern-day church teaches today.  Boykin said that he was a “man’s man” and a “tough guy,” according to Right Wing Watch, which posted video of Boykin’s speech.

Boykin made the remarks a few months ago at a Men’s Prayer Breakfast hosted at William Jessup University, a Christian school in California. The former general told the crowd that Jesus got strong by being a carpenter and stone mason.  All the lifting he had to do, Boykin said, gave him “big, bulging biceps, big ole veins popping out of his arms, thin waist, [and] strong shoulders.”

“He was a man's man, but we feminized him in the church ... He was a tough guy and that's the Jesus that I want to be like. That's the side that I want to be like,” Boykin added. “But we've feminized Jesus in the church and the men can't identify with him anymore; not the kind of men that I want to hang out with, they can't identify with this effeminate Jesus that we've tried to portray. He was a tough guy. He was a man's man.”

Boykin first burst into the national spotlight in 2003, while he was serving as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Bush Department of Defense.  He courted controversy when he said that the war on terror was a religious war, and that the enemy’s God was “Satan.” Since retiring from the military, he has become an ardent right-wing Christian activist who is actively involved in fomenting Islamophobia.

Watch the video of Boykin’s speech on Jesus here, via Right-Wing Watch:

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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