General's 'Satan' talks lacked clearance

Boykin made speeches while in uniform
A U.S. Army general broke Pentagon rules by not clearing speeches he made in uniform to conservative Christian audiences in which he referred to the war on terror as a battle against Satan and to America as “a Christian nation,” according to Reuters news agency.

The report, obtained by Reuters August 18, was from the office of the Department of Defense’s inspector general. News stories last fall about Lieutenant General William Boykin’s speeches in 2002 and 2003 disturbed legislators and many religious groups at a time when much of Washington hoped to convince the world that the war on terrorism was not an anti-Islam effort.

Once, in discussing at a Baptist church in Florida efforts to capture a Muslim warlord in Somalia, Boykin reportedly said, “I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew my God was a real God and his was an idol.”


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