Friday, October 17, 2003
On Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin:
As far as I can tell, I haven’t done much on religion in this blog. Personally, I believe religion to be a very private thing and I tire of those who wear their religiosity on their proverbial sleeve. I have religion. If you do, great. If you want to know more about mine, just ask. If you are an atheist, fine by me, just don’t expect me to go out of my way just to make sure you aren’t inadvertently exposed to the concept of God.
I, for one, and no, I’m not alone, am growing increasingly weary of the outright persecution of any public figure who happens to let their religious beliefs, specifically those of a Christian persuasion, show. Lt. General Boykin made some statements about his personal Christian beliefs that have caused quite a stir – at least as far as the LA Times is concerned. I’m not really concerned about what the LA Times thinks or prints. As an institution, the paper is growing ever more irrelevant with each passing publishing day.
Let’s get one thing straight here – people are free in this country to believe what ever they want and say whatever they want about anything they want. Everyone clear on that? Good. You don’t have to like them or what they stand for. If Lt. General Boykin wants to get up in front of a group of druids and proclaim that tree spirits inspired him in the capture of a Somali warlord, he has that right. We in turn have the right to look at him like he’s from outer-space. If this same General wants to proclaim publicly that aliens are responsible for W’s being in the Whitehouse – more power to him.
Just because someone makes a statement that offends you, or that you do not agree with does not give you the right to have said individual removed from the public square. General Boykin said some things that offended Muslims. Sometimes the truth hurts. One of the reasons radical Islam hates the United States is because we are, by all statistics, a majority Judeo-Christian nation. Say what you want, but deny the truth you cannot do. Boykin also stated he believed God put W in charge of the nation. In the immortal words of liberal Congressman Henry “Nostrilitis” Waxman, I ask “so what?” Does that change anything? Since when is the belief that a Supreme Being actually cares who runs the most powerful nation on the face of the earth a disqualification for military, public, or judicial service?
Boykin is charged with heading the effort to hunt down Binny Laden and Saddam. Let him do his damn job. You want to criticize his job performance? Go right ahead. But if you cross the line and call for his reassignment based solely on his personally held, publicly stated, and by the way constitutionally protected beliefs, be prepared for guys like me to stand up and call you a blithering, flaming, and ignorant idiot.
Here endeth the lesson.