Look Out! “General” Jerry Boykin Says Christians ARE the Government

You might remember Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (retired), who now works as the Family Research Council’s executive vice president, as the guy who said the bad smellin’ man’s man Jesus will come back toting an AR-15.

He also, ominously, said Muslims are not entitled to First Amendment protections, and during the Iraq War put down other gods as false gods and said our enemy was not Saddam Hussein, but Satan himself.

Now, more ominously, he says “When Christians say we shouldn’t be involved in politics, you’ve got to be kidding me. We’re the government.”

Speaking to fellow fake Christian radical Rick Joyner on Sunday, he said that separation of church and state is a myth (even though “wall of separation” were words actually used by Thomas Jefferson), and insisted despite all evidence to the contrary that “the Church was the biggest single factor that brought about the American Revolution.”

What Jefferson said in his famous letter to the Danbury Baptists about the First Amendment (Boykin might want to read it) was:

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

No fact, of course, will stand in the way of Boykin or Joyner. Watch Boykin spin his web of deceit courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

You don’t have the courage to stand for what you believe in because the church has always been a dominant factor in the politics of America and the 56 men who signed that document were men of faith. When they came back and wrote that Constitution, they wrote that Constitution and derived all of the principles out of that Constitution out of the Bible. So when you hold up a Bible, you need to hold up the Constitution right next to it and say, ‘This Constitution came from this Bible and every freedom that’s given in this Constitution came from the Bible.’

This is a man with a long history of delusional behavior, and it is no wonder that he once served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence for George W. Bush. He fit right in, though his crusading rhetoric got a bit too strident even for Duyba in the end.

There is no doubting that religion has played a strong influence in American culture and society and even in politics. There were strong supporter of slavery who used the Bible to defend it, and strong opponents of the Bible who opposed slavery. Both North and South sought God’s help in the Civil War. Boykin’s Christianity was used again to defend American apartheid in the Civil Rights Era. But to say the Bible and the Constitution are all but indistinguishable is appalling.

To date, no Religious Right figure has been able to point to the Constitution and show one instance of the word “God” or “Jesus” or “Bible” or “Ten Commandments.” Not one. David Barton is forced to rhetorical contortions to try to show connections with the Bible, claims which cause other contortions because they leave you laughing so hard.

There is no freedom in the Bible. Israel had a king. And when it no longer had a king, it had a theocracy. It was a land ruled by priests. The Founding Fathers had nothing good to say about religion mixing with politics, or about priests for that matter. Thomas Paine wrote an entire book denouncing Christianity, The Age of Reason.

James Madison gave us his A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785) and Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786) that, “our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions.”

These are not the writings of men who wanted religion and politics mixed. These are men who believed in that wall of separation.

In his Memorial and Remonstrance, Madison wrote that the claim that a “Civil Magistrate is a competent Judge of Religious Truth” is “an arrogant pretension falsified by the contradictory opinions of Rulers in all ages,” and that a civil magistrate “may employ Religion as an engine of Civil policy” is “an unhallowed perversion of the means of salvation.”

Take that, Jerry Boykin. That door just slammed in your face.

Jefferson’s Virginia Statute tells us,

That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

Lest Boykin thinks this freedom is limited only to Christians, as the Religious Right would have you believe, Jefferson himself wrote in his autobiography:

[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom… was finally passed,… a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word ‘Jesus Christ,’ so that it should read ‘a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.’ The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination.

That’s right. The majority of the Virginia legislature rejecting including “Jesus Christ” in the text of the Statute as too exclusive.

So much for Boykin’s Christian nation. Perhaps Boykin might want to consider reading the works of actual historians, rather than the fantasies of David Barton.

Boykin is a dangerous religious radical in a nest full of dangerous religious radicals, not least for his militant tone and violent temperament. As I’ve said here before, when we invaded Afghanistan, we were fighting the wrong Taliban.

16 Replies to “Look Out! “General” Jerry Boykin Says Christians ARE the Government”

  1. You wonder how many high ranking officers in the military thinks like him? As stupid as the American people are I am glad we were sober enough to elect Obama or we would be in a holy war right now.

  2. Put a ChristoZealot in the White House,
    his sympathizers in Congress,
    and SCOTUS is theirs.

    Bible: won
    Constitution: zero
    1787: History


    In my 36 years I have seen some ridiculous things. I’ve seen Battlefield:Earth. I’ve seen adult human beings dump ice on their heads in honor of a motor-neuron disorder. I’ve seen Carrot Top live (I was 16, come on). I’ve seen three black lesbians karaoke “Dam That River” by Alice in Chains. I’ve seen a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver freestyle-A cappella a song about a woman who broke his heart in a bar. I’ve seen people wait in a three hour queue to eat at Olive Garden. And I deal regularly with 19 year old American college students. So I’ve seen some shit that left me scratching my head.

    This Kim Davis / Hitlerjugend rally, though, might take the cake.
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  4. …”the guy who said the bad smellin’ man’s man Jesus will come back toting an AR-15.”

    Nu-uhhh, that ain’t right. George Bush (aka Will Ferrell “You’re Welcome, America”) said that baby jesus, and I quote, “Smells like lilac soap and Old Spice, wearing a cool pair of crocs and carrying a can of Sprite when he shows up at your party”.

    Now who ya’ gonna believe? I’d go with “The Decider”…

    (oh hell, Hraf, couldn’t get past your first line/could not read the whole article without spitting coffee and knee-jerking)

  5. Boykin has served in our military so he deserves respect
    and now maybe some treatment for battle rattle through
    the VA and their shrinks. Don’t ask don’t tell and mar-
    riage equality in the ranks must be freaking him out. He
    should get help. Bless up.

  6. Some of us heathens might take exception to the bible next to the Constitution. If this idiot comes around waving an AR15 (cause Jesus told him so) he might find himself on the losing end of the proposition – along with all the rest of the loonies.

  7. dj: I know a lot of senior Army officers and a few from other branches. Please believe me when I say that every one of them thinks that Boykin is an idiot, and disapproves of his religious stances. They consider him an embarrassment to the uniform. He was kicked out – excuse me, asked to retire – when he started wearing his uniform while preaching sermons at church. Big no-no. The military allows you to have opinions, but you MAY NOT voice personal opinions while wearing your uniform, since it gives the appearance of Dept. of Defense approval of what you’re saying.

  8. …sorry; somebody like this forfeited respect when he used his rank to push propaganda…he IS a dangerous fanatic who bears no relationship with Jesus Christ what-so-damned-ever… Boykin needs to be taken down, fast and hard…

  9. Faith IS a mental disorder! Religion IS a public health issue..a MENTAL public health issue. ONLY when religion is put down will we rise up as a race.

  10. This man is nuts.
    So, is the KY clerk denying marriage licenses to gays.
    Yet, they are feeling empowered to try to control the rest of the citizens of this Nation.

    In some places, the public officials even want “everyone to go to church”…

    Really?…will they be taking role & make everyone responsible for their attendance?
    It is a delusional ilness affecting even teachers, detaining & shaming young children, because “their evil thinking about questioning the idea of god’s presence”.

    This pseudo-religiousity-sickness needs to be neutralized & limited in their influence & removed from the public government & shoved back into the dark hole it belongs.

  11. Bullshit with crap on top.
    I’m a retired military officer. I watched these frat boys destroy our US military for their own personal gain and vanity.

    No officer who has the slightest familiarity with 20th century warfare would agree to send their people to be slaughtered in Afghanistan. The Soviets found that out, the British found that out.

    They did it for sweet jobs after retirement and for oil.

    No officer with the vaguest concept of morale would permit their troops to wear combat utility uniforms off the battlefield or military post in time of war. That uniform is part of a mental preparation to kill or be killed. The ‘dress like a warrior, think like a warrior’ meme was thought up by senior officers (McPeak & Co) who wanted to prance around pretending to be Tom Cruise.

    Forced exclusivity by gender or color or religion is the highway to hell and defeat in modern warfare.

    The American General Officers Corps (GOs) are traitors and scoundrels with blood on their…

  12. We ARE in a holy war. Against ‘Mooslims’ and women and immigrants and anyone who refuses to worship the White Phallus.

    We are killing people 5,000 miles away because of their religious beliefs. you can dress that pig up. you can smear it with lipstick. but it is still a pig.

    and America is a nation of bloody handed Crusaders and Inquisitors.

  13. See here’s the thing General Boykin. The Founding Fathers wanted to create a nation where everyone had the freedom to worship God, Allah, Vishnu, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, even Satan if they choose. They made a social contract called the Constitution which forbade government from elevating any one religion over the rest. And they said “You’re free to worship how you choose and we will not tax your churches AS LONG as you stay out of politics.”

    Fine, you want a theocracy? Then your churches get taxed. Simple.

  14. A retired general should know the Civil War was started by the Confederates. Apparently Boykin believes the name of the Civil War really was the War of Northern Aggression.

  15. Historians have pointed out that at the time of the Revolutionary War, only 15% of Colonists were affiliated with any particular religion.

    This guy seems to have brain-damage.

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