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Gen. William Boykin, who said "I knew my God was a real god and his was an idol" to retire from military

Gen. Peter Pace, who called homosexuality "immoral" also retiring

Background by JewsOnFirst.org, June 13, 2007

Largely ignored by the media, the Army general who called Islam a false religion and said of his encounter with a Somali warlord that he knew "my god was a real god and his was an idol" has retired.

Lt. Gen. William Boykin, an fundamentalist evangelical Christian, made his bigoted remarks in churches wearing his uniform. He also opened a military facility for a special event for conservative Christian clergy.

Boykin was responsible for commando type actions against militant Islamist leaders in Yemen, the Phllipines and Somalia. Some of the attacks claimed civilian lives, making enemies for the United States, according to the magazine.

Boykin capped off his career by preaching in uniform at a Christian school in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, another general who endeared himself to the religious right when he called homosexuality "immoral" (more here) is also retiring. Gen. Peter Pace opted to leave the Army when he was not named for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Boykin Released After Four Years in Captivity

William M. Arkin, Early Warning Blog on National and Homeland Security, May 23, 2007

After almost four years in captivity, Lt. Gen. William G. ("Jerry") Boykin, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence for intelligence and warfighting support, is being released from his Pentagon confinement and will retire from the Army.

In October 2003, I wrote about Boykin's evangelical Christian preaching and his personal views on Islam. Speaking to a variety of church groups after 9/11, the general likened Islam to the "principalities of darkness" and stated that "they" hate "us" because we are "a nation of believers." Since then, I have closely followed Boykin's work. Continue.

DOD Names New Military Intelligence Head

UPI, May 31, 2007

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department has named a replacement for the controversial Christian general who ran its intelligence operations. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Richard Zahner was nominated earlier this month for a third star and for the position of deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence and war-fighting support, according to a statement from the Pentagon.

If confirmed by the Senate, he will replace Lt. Gen William "Jerry" Boykin, who has held the position since July 2003.

Boykin became the focus of controversy later that year after the Los Angeles Times revealed that he had given speeches at evangelical Christian churches while in uniform, and in those speeches attacked Islam as a false religion and opined that President Bush's war on terrorism was divinely ordained. Continue.

Boykin: Winning means patience
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin speaks Friday evening at Fayetteville Christian School.

By Henry Cuningham, Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, North Carolina) May 26, 2007

America is at a crossroads in Iraq between controlling its destiny and surrendering control to others, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin told a high school graduating class Friday night.

“Winning means sacrifice,” Boykin said. “Winning means time. Winning means patience. Losing means the world chooses our future for us, and it’s not the future we want.”

Boykin spoke at Manna Church for the graduation ceremony of Fayetteville Christian School, which has chapel services, Bible class and school prayer. Fifty-two seniors graduated. Continue.

Gates Cleans House
New Pentagon chief is expected to oust the U.S. general involved in the Somalia strikes.

By Michael Hirsh and Mark Hosenball, Newsweek, January 9, 2007

Airstrikes this week on alleged Al Qaeda figures in Somalia may prove to be one of the last counterterrorism operations associated with a controversial Pentagon general who has overseen the deployment of secret U.S. Special Ops teams against suspected terror plotters, defense experts close to the Pentagon and intelligence community tell NEWSWEEK.

Lt. Gen. William Boykin and his boss, soon-to-depart Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Steve Cambone, have guided or taken part in the planning of such covert operations against Al Qaeda-linked groups in several countries since 9/11. There is no indication that new Defense Secretary Robert Gates disagrees with the Somalia operation this week. But Boykin has long been a divisive figure. A devout evangelical Christian, he achieved notoriety in October 2003 when he was videotaped telling a church audience that the god of a Muslim warlord was "an idol" and that "my God was a real God." Boykin and Cambone have also generated controversy by allegedly seeking to wrest control of intelligence-gathering from the CIA. Gates has said he is especially determined to improve cooperation between the Department of Defense and the CIA. In written testimony during his confirmation process last fall, Gates said he was "unhappy about the dominance of the Defense Department in the intelligence arena"—a key element of Cambone's and Boykin's approach. Continue.

The Coming Purge at Defense Intelligence

William M. Arkin, Early Warning Blog on National and Homeland Security, November 14, 2006

Appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Warfighting Support on July 23, 2003, Lt. Gen. William G. ("Jerry") Boykin has surely got to be the longest serving military officer in any posting anywhere.

Boykin's three and a half years on the job as putative no. 2 to Under Secretary Stephen A. Cambone is highly unusual for a military that moves general officers from assignment to assignment every 18 months or less.

But ever since Boykin was outed as a fundamentalist Christian by yours truly in the Los Angeles Times in October, 2003, he has been stuck in his current job, unpromotable and unmovable.

Now there is speculation that with Boykin's protector leaving the Pentagon, the new Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will clean house, focusing on defense intelligence and the Rumsfeldian encroachment into the territory of the civilian agencies. Continue.

The Holy Warrior
General Called a Religious Fanatic Finally Speaks Out

CBS News, September 15, 2004

(CBS) Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin is a devout Christian who has probably seen as much combat as anyone in uniform.

Yet he’s been called a national embarrassment, a religious fanatic and a three-star bigot – all because of what he said about the religion of a Muslim warlord.

His words set off a torrent of criticism from Muslims around the world, and demands at home that he be fired from his high-level job as undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

Now, this holy warrior speaks about the controversy for the first time with Correspondent David Martin –- but he says he’s not happy about it.

"I’m not here because I want to be. I’m doing this, not because I want to,” says Boykin. “I am doing this because it is the only chance I will get to look at Americans and say I am not what I have been portrayed to be.” Continue.

US general 'censured' for remarks

BBC News, August 19, 2004

A US general who provoked outcry by describing the "war on terror" as a Christian campaign against Satan broke Pentagon rules, an inquiry has found.

Top-ranking intelligence officer Lt Gen William Boykin made the remarks at several church gatherings last year.

The Pentagon report has yet to be officially released but leaked copies of it have been seen by the media.

It says Lt Gen Boykin violated rules by failing to show he was speaking in a personal, rather an official, capacity.

The deputy undersecretary of defence for intelligence generally wore his military uniform when he addressed the evangelical church audiences.Continue.

General Faulted For Satan Speeches
Boykin's Remarks On Terrorism And Religion Violated Pentagon Rules

Associated Press, CBS News, August 19, 2004

Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin made several speeches - some in uniform - at churches in 2003 in which he said the U.S. was fighting a war with Satan. (CBS)

(AP) A Pentagon investigation has concluded that a senior military intelligence officer violated regulations by failing to make clear he was not speaking in an official capacity when he made church speeches casting the war on terrorism in religious terms, a senior defense official said Thursday.

In most instances the officer, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, was wearing his Army uniform.

The probe by the Defense Department's deputy inspector general also found that Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, violated Pentagon rules by failing to obtain advance clearance for his remarks, which gained wide publicity last fall. Continue.

The Religious Superiority Complex

Michael Kinsley, Time Magazine, November 3, 2003

I knew that my god was bigger than his," said Lieut. General William Boykin, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, referring to a Somali warlord he once crossed swords with. The echo of a famous dog-food commercial was unintentional, we must hope. Presumably, Boykin's God does not eat Ken-L Ration. But maybe Boykin does so himself, because he's a mighty frisky fella.

Boykin was caught on videotape speaking to church groups and saying things like, "The enemy is a guy called Satan." And, "They're after us because we're a Christian nation." Now--like so many Christian soldiers before him, sent to distant lands to bring the pagans around to our point of view--he's in hot water. Only this time it's the forces of Western civilization, not the natives, who want him for lunch.

Among other problems, Boykin's theo-babble muddies the waters of moral outrage over the latest rantings by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, whose mouth is like a radio station where the anti-Semitic golden oldies never stop. Jews "rule the world by proxy." They "invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong." (Figure that one out!) The media don't report his criticism of Muslims, he explained, because Jews control the media. And so on. In fact, until the last outburst, Mahathir got great press as a supposedly moderate Muslim leader, although his views on Jews are not new. He was President Bush's poster boy for Muslim moderation. Continue

Top General: Could It Be Satan?
Terror War Leader Says U.S. Is Fighting Prince Of Darkness

Associated Press, CBS News, October 17, 2003

Pentagon leaders on Thursday spoke up in support of a top general - a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense - who has told church audiences that the war on terrorism is a battle with Satan.

Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin has made several speeches - some in uniform - at evangelical Christian churches in which he cast the United States' war on terrorism in religious terms. Boykin said of a 1993 battle with a Muslim militia leader in Somalia: "I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol."

Asked about that comment, Boykin told CBS News he was not referring to the Muslim God, Allah, but to the Somali warlord's worship of money as an idol. He added that he does not believe the war against terror is a battle between Islam and Christianity.

CBS News Correspondent David Martin reports Boykin has shown church groups photos he took of Mogadishu with black slashes in the sky which he says did not come from any defect in the camera or film. Continue.

General Casts War in Religious Terms
The top soldier assigned to track down Bin Laden and Hussein is an evangelical Christian who speaks publicly of 'the army of God.'

by Richard T. Cooper, Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2003, via Common Dreams

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has assigned the task of tracking down and eliminating Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and other high-profile targets to an Army general who sees the war on terrorism as a clash between Judeo-Christian values and Satan.

Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, the new deputy undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, is a much-decorated and twice-wounded veteran of covert military operations. From the bloody 1993 clash with Muslim warlords in Somalia chronicled in "Black Hawk Down" and the hunt for Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar to the ill-fated attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980, Boykin was in the thick of things.

Yet the former commander and 13-year veteran of the Army's top-secret Delta Force is also an outspoken evangelical Christian who appeared in dress uniform and polished jump boots before a religious group in Oregon in June to declare that radical Islamists hated the United States "because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian ... and the enemy is a guy named Satan." Continue.

The Pentagon Unleashes a Holy Warrior

Opinion article by William M. Arkin, The Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2003 via Truthout

William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for The Times.

A Christian extremist in a high Defense post can only set back the U.S. approach to the Muslim world.

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."

That's an unusual message for a high-ranking U.S. military official to deliver. But Boykin does it frequently.

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." Continue.

Church Event Set for Base Stirs Concern

Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times, April 6, 2003

The Army major general who commands Fort Bragg's training center for special operations forces has invited a group of predominantly Southern Baptist pastors to the base this month to participate in a military-themed motivational program for Christian evangelists.

The unusual collaboration is the result of a friendship between Maj. Gen. William G. Boykin, commanding general of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, and the Rev. Bobby H. Welch, a Southern Baptist minister in Daytona Beach, Fla., who has started an evangelistic campaign called FAITH Force Multipliers.

Hundreds of ministers received an invitation last month from Mr. Welch saying that participants would observe weapons demonstrations, sleep overnight on the base and ''go with General Boykin and Green Beret instructors to places where no civilians and few soldiers ever go!'' Continue.

Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Peter Pace, who called homosexuality "immoral," forced to resign

Reports on Pace's labeling of homosexuality "immoral" are here.

Military Officers Now Targets On Hill
Democratic Challenge Of Gen. Pace Shows Uniformed Officers No Longer Exempt From Hill Attacks

MSNBC, Associated Press, June 14, 2007

A Democratic challenge to Gen. Peter Pace indicates that uniformed officers no longer are exempt from the partisan fire on Capitol Hill once reserved for civilian policymakers.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made the stunning announcement that he would not recommend Pace to serve a second two-year term as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Marine Corps four-star general had not been a target previously of Democrats' ire on the war, but Gates said lawmakers made it clear the confirmation process would be ugly.

"It would be a backward looking and very contentious process," Gates said at a Continue

Pace Out As Top General

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, June 8, 2007

(Washington) The Bush administration will not reappoint Gen. Peter Pace as chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

The decision avoids a showdown with the Democratically controlled Senate which would have to confirm the reappointment. Continue.