Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Army of God

"I'm not anti-Islam, I'm not anti-Allah," Lt. Gen. William Boykin said in an interview broadcast on CBS' 60 Minutes but when discussing the battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia, Boykin told another audience, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol."

On at least one occasion, in Sandy, Oregon, Boykin said of President Bush: "He's in the White House because God put him there." Well at least he’s partly correct – Gore got more votes than Bush did. Perhaps Boykin has elevated the Supreme Court to Godliness?

"We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom of God have been raised for such a time as this," Boykin said of the war on terrorism raising questions about whether we are engaged in a religious war. President Bush's reference to a "crusade" against terrorism, which passed almost unnoticed by Americans, rang alarm bells in Europe. It raised fears that the terrorist attacks could spark a 'clash of civilizations' between Christians and Muslims, sowing fresh winds of hatred and mistrust.