Top U.S. General says Muslims worship Idol
CAIR today called for the reassignment of a top U.S. general who says he is in “the army of God” and claims Muslims worship an “idol.”
Investigative reports by the Los Angeles Times and NBC News paint Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin as an “intolerant extremist”¦who believes that Islam is an idolatrous, sacrilegious religion against which we are waging a holy war.”In a discussion of his efforts to capture a Muslim Somali warlord, Boykin said, “I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real Godand his was an idol.”
Speaking in uniform before a Christian group in June, Boykin claimed “radical Islamists” hate America “because we’re a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian…and the enemy is a guy named Satan.” Our “spiritual enemy,” Boykin said, “will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus.”
Boykin, the new deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is assigned to track down Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and otherhigh-profile targets in the Muslim world.
SEE: “The Pentagon Unleashes a Holy Warrior” and “General Casts War in Religious Terms” at http://www.latimes.com/ Search using the term “Boykin.”
SEE ALSO: “Quotes from Gen. Boykin Speeches,” http://www.msnbc.com/news/980841.asp and “Top Terrorist Hunter’s Divisive Views,” http://www.msnbc.com/news/980764.asp
“Putting a man with such extremist views in a critical policy-making position sends entirely the wrong message to a Muslim world that is already skeptical about America’s motives and intentions,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs, no matter how ill-informed or bigoted, but those beliefs should not be allowed to color important decisions that need to be made in the war on terrorism. General Boykin should be reassigned to a position in which he will not be able to harm our nation’s image or interests.”
Awad said Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews. He noted that Arabic language Bibles use the word “Allah” when referring to God and quoted the Quran, which states: “Say ye: ‘We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one and another of them and it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.’” (Quran, 2:136)
“We call on Americans of all faiths to reject any attempts to turn the war on terrorism into a religious crusade. President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld should also take this opportunity to further distance themselves from those who actively promote the clash of civilizations and religions,” said Awad.