In Defense Of General Boykin

I’m sure most of you have heard about the flap over General Jerry Boykin’s comments. Here’s are some excerpts from an article in the LA Times that give you the gist of what he supposedly said…

“In June of 2002, Jerry Boykin stepped to the pulpit at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., and described a set of photographs he had taken of Mogadishu, Somalia, from an Army helicopter in 1993.

The photographs were taken shortly after the disastrous “Blackhawk Down” mission had resulted in the death of 18 Americans. When Boykin came home and had them developed, he said, he noticed a strange dark mark over the city. He had an imagery interpreter trained by the military look at the mark. “This is not a blemish on your photograph,” the interpreter told him, “This is real.”

“Ladies and gentleman, this is your enemy,” Boykin said to the congregation as he flashed his pictures on a screen. “It is the principalities of darkness It is a demonic presence in that city that God revealed to me as the enemy.”

…This June, for instance, at the pulpit of the Good Shepherd Community Church in Sandy, Ore., he displayed slides of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and North Korea’s Kim Jung Il. “Why do they hate us?” Boykin asked. “The answer to that is because we’re a Christian nation We are hated because we are a nation of believers.”

Our “spiritual enemy,” Boykin continued, “will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus.”

….He has praised the leadership of President Bush, whom he extolled as “a man who prays in the Oval Office.” “George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States,” Boykin told an Oregon congregation. “He was appointed by God.”

….”There was a man in Mogadishu named Osman Atto,” whom Boykin described as a top lieutenant of Mohammed Farah Aidid.

When Boykin’s Delta Force commandos went after Atto, they missed him by seconds, he said. “He went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, ‘They’ll never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me.’

“Well, you know what?” Boykin continued. “I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.” Atto later was captured.

Other countries, Boykin said last year, “have lost their morals, lost their values. But America is still a Christian nation.”

…In Iraq, he told the Oregon congregation, special operations forces were victorious precisely because of their faith in God. “Ladies and gentlemen I want to impress upon you that the battle that we’re in is a spiritual battle,” he said . “Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army”.

The reality here is that Boykin is a Christian in a predominantly Christian nation talking to other Christians in a church about his faith. Some of the things he said — like the comment about the blemish — seem a little far out even to me. But the comments he has taken the most flack for aren’t really out of the ordinary sentiments in America.

The honest truth is that if you tossed out everyone in the military who believes that God is on our side, that Satan has a hand in evil acts perpetrated against our country, or even that Muslims aren’t worshipping the one true God and are therefore idol worshipers, we wouldn’t have enough troops left to field an army.

But that’s one of the great things about our country. Even if we don’t agree with someone else’s religious views, we here in America tolerate them — unless they’re a Christian like General Boykin in which case a bunch of politically correct liberals, secular humanists, and knock-kneed Republicans who are afraid of controversy come down on them like a ton of bricks.

Personally, I support Boykin 110% even if I don’t agree with everything he is reported to have said. It’s too bad that many of the people who continually chide Americans to be more tolerant are just mouthing empty platitudes or they’d back Boykin too even if they disagreed with his religious views.

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