Skip to comments.CAIR pressures retired general, critic of Islam, to back out of West Point event
Posted on 01/31/2012 7:10:44 AM PST by mandaladon
The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Monday night that it had successfully prevented retired Lieutenant General William G. Jerry Boykin from speaking at an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
We welcome Mr. Boykins withdrawal from this event and hope that the speaker who replaces him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding, said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement.
West Point initially balked at the calls to remove Boykin a former military intelligence officer from the event.
Lt. Col. Sherri Reed of West Point told The Associated Press that cadets are purposefully exposed to different perspectives and cultures.
The National Prayer Breakfast Service will be pluralistic with Christians, Jewish, and Muslim cadets participating, Reed said. We are comfortable and confident that what retired Lt. Gen. Boykin will share about prayer, soldier care and selfless service, will be in keeping with the broad range of ideas normally considered by our cadets.
Boykin backed out of the event on his own volition, according to a report from Fox News.
The retired lieutenant general has been on CAIRs radar for casting Islam in a poor light, specifically in speeches in which he analogizing the War on Terror to a war against Satan.
CAIR and the group VoteVets.org pushed hard for a retraction of Boykins invitation to the event due to his Islamophobic views.
CAIR and People For the American Way failed to stop a speech Boykin gave in Ocean City, Md., last week. This week it seems they have been successful.
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The darkness is everywhere, like tendrils of poison coiling in each corner.
You don’t know that yet. What happens when the Christian cadets choose to not attend? I’m sure it isn’t a mandatory event.
I wonder what that “voluntary” withdrawal involved? Threats against the General, his family, financial reprisal, etc?
All your gods are belong to us.
If West Point is like any other military school, pressure will be applied to ensure a "satisfactory" attendance. Theoretically, you are correct, of course. When reality steps in, theoretical goes down the drain when the military is involved.
When is it going to be forcefully brought home to PC people that giving in to Muzzie demands is being against and infringing upon the rights of Christians?
These people are enemies of our country in that they put their religion above the law.
These guys would like to see the Ft Hood assassin as the speaker.
Since when has anyone done anything that doesn't offend these idiots
West Point may be different, but prayer breakfasts were never mandatory at USNA.
Go Navy, Beat Army USNA ‘89
In the old America, a retired general would’ve told those filthy knuckledraggers to piss off, because he’s going to be there, chest out, standing tall.
In New America, it’s fashionable to cower at the first sign of pressure from that most protected “victim” group... muslims.
I’m surprised that there are Muslim cadets because that is more than a faith religion. It is/includes a promoting of government outside the bounds and foundation of our Constitution. I believe this shows how much of our Nation’s heritage has been bought by oil money.It is difficult for me to imagine a Muslim holding to an oath seemingly dedicated to the spirit of our Constitution.
CiE: The creeping islamization of everything.
Anyone familiar with his military background knows he is not spineless. It is no doubt someone else's balls he is worried about, someone he cannot protect 24/7.
Perhaps you ought to re-think your opinion on Gen. Boykins’ background and courage.
From 1978-1993 Boykin was assigned in various capacities to Delta Force. By 1980 he was the Delta Force operations officer on the April 2425 Iranian hostage rescue attempt.
In October 1983, Maj. Boykin worked as an operations officer during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. During a dawn assault to free some Grenada government officials held by the Marxist People’s Revolutionary Army, Boykin was shot in the arm with a .50 caliber round, splitting the bone completely in two. He was told he would never use it again, but his arm healed, which Boykin again believed God was responsible for.
In 1989, Boykin was in Panama as part of the mission to apprehend Manuel Noriega.
From 1990 to 1991 he was at the Army War College. In 1992 and early 1993, as a colonel, Boykin was in Colombia leading a mission to hunt for drug lord Pablo Escobar.
In October 1993, Colonel Boykin was in command of the Delta Force tracking down militia leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Somalia,
Boykin served the CIA as Deputy Director of Special Activities. He was later made Deputy Director for Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization when assigned to the Army Staff.
From April 1998 to February 2000, he served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From March 2000-2003, he was the Commanding General, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, N.C. In June 2003, he was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under Dr. Stephen Cambone, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
LTG Boykin retired on August 1, 2007 and currently teaches at Hampden-Sydney College.
Boykin went to Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College, and Shippensburg University (where he received a Masters Degree). His badges include the Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab. Medals and awards include: “the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster).
We did have lecture series that could be brutally boring that was mandatory. One year they paid an honorarium to Carl Sagan so he could get up in front of the Brigade and tell us we should slash defense unilaterally.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the USA hasn’t won a war since WWII, and back then it was a military made up of White Christian men run by White Christian men.
Why is CAIR dictating what West Point does? Are they all not a bunch of illegal thugs?
My snail mail in in the mail the Point will claim that Gen.Boykin backed out on his own. An Officer and a Gentleman (a Christian Patriot_ will always so do. But the enemy has not won one. I recall reading somewhere the advice “if they persecute you in one city shake the very dust from your shoes and flee to the next. Now is the time for Christians in America to to remember the doctrines of Jesus Christ-and guns up and eyes open cause they’s indians about.
I do not have 30+ years in the mil.... but I do have 20 (and retired) You like I can have our opinions. my opinion is stated. When Americans (especially retired mil) bend over for political expediency it denigrates the whole shooting match.
And explain to me why someone of his stature and service is so concerned with the feelings of a clearly conflicted group (as CAIR) and to not speak at his Alma Matter is an act that is beneath him and his status.
Too many people have paid too high a price to be marginalized by political correctness.
Come and join me I am here in Kabul and have been here and there off and on since 05.
could it be that he was told to cool it on religion that might offend the perpetually offended and he refused to put muslim on the same level as christian and jews....
He should have gone and punctuated his points with a big bite of crispy bacon.
West Point is not Boykin’s alma mater. Gen. Boykin was born in New Bern, North Carolina. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a bachelors degree in English in 1971. Boykin went to Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College, and Shippensburg University (where he received a Masters Degree).
Not a bad idea, really.
It would drive home the point...
Given all that, perhaps we should all submit?
anyone know how many Muslims we have in the service academies??
Prayer Breakfasts were never mandatory.
hope that the speaker who replaces him will offer cadets a spiritual message that promotes tolerance and mutual understanding,
Well that let’s out a muslim since they are the most intolerant and least understanding people on the planet.....
CAIR is Muslim Brotherhood, ideological allies of Al Qaeda and terrorists in their own right. In a sane world, every member of CAIR, ISNA and the MSA would be detained. In a PC world, they get to control our conversation on Islam.
My 18 months in the theater reinforced my lifetime conclusion that things are not necessarily as they appear.
The academy reports that Gen Boykin withdraw of his own volition.
How likely is it that the WH, currently infested with muslim “advisors” and “consultants” did not have a hand in the agenda of this military event, even if indirect?
Is it not possible the academy, or even the chain above it was “informally” advised by operatives in the WH that it would be in the best interest of the nation if such “controversial” individuals did not use the military as a platform?
How likely is it that Gen Boykin would have insisted on participating if he had been informed that there was real concern in the entire chain of command that his participation would not serve the interest of the academy?
What aret the odds if he had beeen cordially asked by those in the higher chain to please reconsider his participation, that he would not have done so.
I am inclined to give a proven warrior such as Gen Boykin the benefit of all these questions. And that is before any thought is given to thug tactics by his opponents and others, that may well have been in play.
Whatever your view, you have the credentials to voice it and I respect that. You also know our nation is in a struggle for survival and that struggle is with more than just the socialists now active in our government and major institutions. That the struggle is complicated by the fact that one force poses as a religion and we dare not identify it as an enemy.
Keep your eye on the road.
Excuse me, withdraw = withdrew. As far as your invitation, I would have gone back in a heartbeat.
Being the type of individual that "I" am, if the opportunity presented it's self to attend, and some turd organization protested, I would have gone just to piss them off. but that is just me.
I have seen too many alleged leaders capitulate for political expediency, when they should have (IMHO) stood their ground.
My time in the Mil leaders like Al Grey (Marine Corps, Commandant) was the farthest from a political type and spoke his mind regardless of who was listening.
Unfortunately warriors like his caliber are a dying breed.
Cheers to you both. Frog in a Pot, thank you for your service.
I will be the first to admit I am wrong when warranted. Perhaps I am wrong, unknown if that is the case here....
What America needs now is leaders, and leaders who are not afraid (not the risk averse idiots who are thinking of their next promotion)
Please see my response to "Frog in a pot" and miele man.
Cheers to you!
Shame on WP. Why the heck do they care what CAIR thinks or says? I’m so sick of what this Country has become.
I saw a number a few months back here on FR. Hopefully, I can find it again. Will post it if/when I do. Good question.
LOL, “perhaps” just a tad over the top.
Thank you for your response. Appreciate it.
Yes, I too have seen a number of “leaders” knuckle under for expediencies’ sake. Saw more than a few during my hitches and afterward.
Thank you for your service as well.
It was just the though that came to mind when I read the story....as you said, unknown in this case, but I’d give him the benefit of the doubt...fighting and losing men to muslims, I wouldn’t put them in the same catagory of being religious or spiritual and would say no if told to...thats standing up for your beliefs and too hell with being politically correct..PC will kill us all..scre* them all. Thank you for being a defended of us all.
Thank you, but I probably do not deserve that gratitude in the sense you convey it. You implied you are now incountry as a civilian DOD'er, so our circumstances may be similar. I was not in uniform or on active duty.
Rather like you, as a civilian DOD'er, my risk was limited to ordnance lobbed over the wire, driving an up-armored SUV on the highways every few weeks, flying unarmed over bad guy land in U.S. military aircraft or in a POS third world discarded aircraft - and my everyday wintertime favorite - wondering if the non-U.S. personnel inside the wire who were wearing cheap, bulky parkas were packing bombs. On several occasions, they were.
You and I know the folks that deserve our nation's thanks are those that went out, and still go out every day with the specific intent of confronting the bad guys; especially those that had their lives and families changed forever during those excursions.
Contractors who free up the "shooters" so they can do their job should be honored for their service as well.
So if you please, "Thank you for your service"
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