Right wing Christian fantasy: Jesus is coming back, and he’ll be armed with an AR-15 assault rifle when he returns, according to Lieutenant General William ‘Jerry’ Boykin.
Boykin, a retired lieutenant general and executive vice president of the Family Research Council, spoke at the WallBuilders’ Pro-Family Legislators Conference last week. There he declared that when Jesus comes back, he’ll do so carrying an AR-15 assault rifle.
The following is an excerpt from his remarks:
The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 is says when he comes back, he’s coming back as what? A warrior. A mighty warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies ’cause he’s coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.
And I believe now – I’ve checked this out – I believe that sword he’ll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15…
In the same speech Boykin also argued that Jesus was responsible for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Huff Post reports this is far from Boykin’s first controversial statement. He landed himself in national news in 2003, when it was revealed that while serving as a top Pentagon adviser to the Bush administration, he would regularly tell church audiences that the post 9/11 “war on terror” was, in fact, a spiritual battle between Muslims and “Christian America.”
Now I want you to think about this: where did the Second Amendment come from? … From the Founding Fathers, it’s in the Constitution. Well, yeah, I know that. But where did the whole concept come from? It came from Jesus when he said to his disciples ‘now, if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’
Previously Boykin claimed that Jesus was not “the weak, effeminate, ‘feminized’ figure taught in church today but was really a ‘ripped, tough, strong man’s man with big, bulging biceps, big ole veins popping out of his arms, thin waist, strong shoulders,’ who smelled bad!”
While Boykin’s deluded Christian fantasy of a “Rambo Jesus” is an amusing perversion, the fact that this religious lunatic once commanded U.S. troops is a truly frightening prospect.