Jacob Rees-Mogg has admitted that the New Testament is a “little bit too trendy and overloaded with new fangled ideas”.
The Conservative MP was responding to criticism of his recent comments on abortion and food banks. Mr Rees-Mogg reiterated that his views were a result of his Christian beliefs but that “all this ‘blessed are the meek’ and compassionate parts of Christ’s teaching are the kind of wacky new age thinking that do not sit comfortably with me.” He said that much of what Christ said was “political correctness gone mad.”
“Give me the ‘fire and brimstone’ of the Old Testament any day,” he said. “Famine, death, that sort of thing. Having ‘begat’ a few kids of my own, I can certainly empathise more with characters like Jacob”, he noted.
He added that from what he had seen Jesus could also “do with a haircut and shave – he even makes Jeremy Corbyn look smart.”