Bible-thumping general off on a crusade for Israel
Combined news services Friday, October 17, 2003
WASHINGTON—He believes that Islam is an idolatrous,
sacrilegious religion against which we must wage a holy war, and he is off
on a crusade. He is U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin,
newly appointed deputy undersecretary for defense for intelligence,
chosen by George Bush to smite the enemies of Zion. The choice
seems appropriate for a regime known for its swagger, rather than its intelligence.
"We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom
of God have been raised for such a time as this," the man announced
at the First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., on June 30, 2002.
Boykin warmed to the subject by expressing his contempt for
the Muslim deity, whom he referred to as an an "idol" unlike the
'Our religion came from Judaism'
In a speech at the Good Shepherd Church in Sandy, Ore., June
21, the general went on to declare: "Ladies and gentlemen, we will
never abandon Israel, we will never walk away from our commitment to Israel,
because our roots are there. Our religion came from Judaism, and therefore
these radicals will hate us forever."
"That means we've got a commitment to Israel. That mean's
it's a commitment we're never going to abandon.
"Go back and read the history books. Go back and read
what the early founders of this nation said about Israel, about the Jews.
John Adams wrote extensively of, he called it the Hebrews, the contributions
they had made to our concepts of liberty and the importance of their contributions
to the founding of this great nation.
'We will never abandon Israel'
"Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin each, independently,
when asked to come up with a national symbol for this new nation, both came
up with a national symbol that reflected on our Jewish heritage.
"One had Moses standing over the Red Sea with his staff
and the water parting.
"The other had the Israelites coming out of bondage in
the desert being led by a ball of fire. They recognized the importance of
our relationship to the Jews and to Israel. Ladies and gentlemen, we will
never abandon Israel, we will never walk away from our commitment to Israel
because our roots are there.
Back at the First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., Boykin
described the so-called war on terrorism as a war between Good and Evil,
noting that "a spiritual enemy will only be defeated if we come against
them in the name of Jesus."
Jesus put Bush in the White House
The general then told how Jesus put President Bush in the
"And then this man stepped forward. A man that has acknowledged
that he prays in the Oval Office. A man that's in the White House today
because of a miracle. You think about how he got in the White House. You
think about why he's there today.
"As Mordecai said to Esther, 'You ave been put there
for such a time
and place.' And this man has been put in the White House to lead our nation
in such a time as this."
Asked about the remarks, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
declined to criticize the born-again crusader in his personal war against
the powers of darkness, defending the general's statements as "a private
Meanwhile, Boykin continues to make the rounds of churches,
rallying evangelical Christians for Israel and the Zionist
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