‘Coach’ Dave’s Warped, Toxic Version of Masculine Christianity

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire gave a talk at a right wing Christian conference and delivered his usual version of Christianity that combines toxic masculinity and a fetish for violence into a version of Jesus that bears little resemblance to the one presented in the Bible.


“Donald Trump is the bouncer at the bar,” he said. “He stepped into the door and began to protect Christian values, and he began to stand in the doorway and blocked the door and said to the devil’s team, ‘NO!’”

As such, now is the time for conservative Christians to “double down,” Daubenmire said, “and crush the enemy.”

“Not love the enemy!” he bellowed. “Crush the enemy! Why? They’re on the devil’s team. They’re on the devil’s team! Crush them, then lead them to Jesus. Don’t try to lead them to Jesus, crush ’em! Give ’em the fear of the Lord!”

This is, of course, a direct contradiction to what is attributed to Jesus in the gospels:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. — Matthew 5:43-48

For right-wing Christians, Jesus is little more than a blank canvas on which they can project all of their insecurities, bullying tendencies and inherent desire for violence. The fact that they have to present the exact opposite message from the one he gave doesn’t bother them in the least.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.