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American Fundamentalist Army General Stumps for Israel and the Kingdom of God on Earth Mission armygeneralstumpsforisrael17oct03.shtml October 17, 2003

Original Title Bible-thumping general off on a crusade for Israel

Combined news services Friday, October 17, 2003 WASHINGTONHe 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 JudeoChristian one. 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 weve got a commitment to Israel. That means its a commitment were 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 reected 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 re. 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 White House. And then this man stepped forward. A man that has acknowledged that he prays in the Oval Ofce. A man thats in the White House today because of a miracle. You think about how he got in the White House. You think about why hes 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 generals statements as a private affair. Meanwhile, Boykin continues to make the rounds of churches, rallying evangelical Christians for Israel and the Zionist cause.