Beck Hosts William Boykin, Who Likened War On Terrorism To Holy War

On his Fox News show, Glenn Beck gave a platform to retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin to claim that an Islamic republic would emerge in Egypt. Boykin has been censured by the Pentagon for comparing U.S. counterterrorism efforts to a holy war, and he has a history of fearmongering about the threat of radical Islam.

On Beck's Show, Boykin Fearmongers About “Islamic Republic In Egypt”

Beck Guest Boykin: “We Are Going To See An Islamic Republic In Egypt.” From the February 10 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:

BOYKIN: I will look at you now and say, we are going to see an Islamic republic in Egypt, and it is going to be an Islamic republic where Sharia law is the law of the land. And regardless of what the leadership of our country says, and what our intelligence community says, the Muslim Brotherhood was created to establish global sharia law. And that has not changed and they tell us that, and we need to keep remembering that Anwar Sadat was killed by the Muslim Brotherhood because of his support for Israel and the Camp David accords. [Glenn Beck, 2/10/11]

Boykin's Previous Religious Comments Violated Pentagon Regulations

NY Times: Boykin “Likened The Battle Against Islamic Militants To A Christian Struggle Against Satan.” From an October 23, 2003, article in the New York Times:

General Boykin has likened the battle against Islamic militants to a Christian struggle against Satan and said at evangelical gatherings that a militant Muslim militia leader in Somalia worshiped an ''idol'' and not ''a real God.'' [The New York Times, 10/20/03]

AP: Boykin Said Islamic Extremists Hate U.S. “Because We're A Christian Nation,” Called Somalian Warlord's God “An Idol.” From an Associated Press article published in the New York Times:

The inquiry, by the Defense Department's deputy inspector general, found that General Boykin, deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence, had also violated Pentagon rules by failing to obtain advance clearance for his remarks, which gained wide publicity through news reports last fall.

In one appearance, according to those reports, General Boykin told a religious group in Oregon that Islamic extremists hated the United States “because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christians.''

Discussing a 1993 battle by American soldiers against a Muslim warlord in Somalia, he told an audience: ”I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol." [The Associated Press via The New York Times, 8/19/03]

Wash. Post: Defense Department Investigation Found Boykin's Remarks Violated Regulations. From an August 19, 2003, article in the Washington Post:

A Defense Department investigation has determined that Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, the Pentagon's senior military intelligence official, violated three internal regulations while delivering controversial speeches that linked the war on terrorism to what he depicted as an enduring battle against Satan, according to a copy of the probe obtained yesterday by The Washington Post.

The 10-month internal investigation, conducted by the department's deputy inspector general for investigations, confirmed news accounts that Boykin said in his speeches that President Bush had been placed in his post by God, that radical Muslims hate America because it “will never abandon Israel” and that the U.S. military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to defeat its enemy.


The investigation determined that Boykin spoke about his involvement in the war on terrorism at 23 religious-oriented events since January 2002, wearing his uniform at all but two. His audiences -- mostly at Baptist or Pentecostal churches -- ranged from small groups to more than 1,000. Boykin's remarks followed a pattern, the report said, and he showed slides prepared with the help of two military aides. But it concluded that their assistance was legal because it was “insignificant.”

Boykin should have obtained clearance for his remarks, the report said, partly because his remarks were drawn from information he acquired on the job, what he said was potentially of wide interest and relevant to national security policy, and his uniform and title could have induced listeners to believe he was acting as an official department spokesman. [The Washington Post, 8/19/03]

Boykin Compared NYC Center To Victory Mosques, Made Other Inflammatory Remarks About Muslims

Boykin Compared New York City Muslim Cultural Center To Victory Mosques In Mecca, Jerusalem. From a Christian Broadcasting Network video:

BOYKIN: When Muhammad conquered Mecca, he built a mosque on their most holy and prominent site. The message was, “Islam reigns supreme.” When he conquered Jerusalem, he did the same thing. The most prominent site in Jerusalem, the most holy site. Now we are going to build a mosque at Ground Zero where once the Twin Towers were a great monument to America. Now there will be a mosque there. What's the message to that, and what's the impact that's going to have on the Islamic world? It will increase the recruiting to the Jihadist cause exponentially. [7/30/10]

Boykin: “Best Estimates Are 15 Percent” Of Muslims Worldwide “Are Radical Jihadists.” From remarks Boykin made to preview a speech he later gave at How to Take Back America Conference 2009, an event planned by WND's Janet Porter:

BOYKIN: Islam has now grown to 1.5 -- to somewhere around 1.5 to 1.6 billion followers. And, the best estimates are 15 percent of those people are radical jihadists who wake up every day believing that God has ordained them to kill infidels. [Faith2Action, 8/19/09]

Boykin: Radical Islam “A Manifestation Of Pure Evil.” From remarks made to CBN:

BOYKIN: I am not anti-any religion because I spent too much of my life supporting and defending the right to worship. But I think as Christians, we need to recognize that evil manifests itself in many ways and many forms, and this radical Islam is one of those manifestations of pure evil. [CBN, 7/7/08 via]

GOP Abandoned Plan For Boykin To Testify Against Kagan

Boykin Scheduled To Testify, But Abruptly Removed To Avoid Distraction. Republicans asked Boykin to testify at a 2009 confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as part of Republicans' efforts to “make Kagan's efforts to restrict military recruitment at Harvard an issue.” [The Hill, 6/25/10] Boykin was reportedly disinvited once word of his testimony was noted in the media; a spokesman for a Republican senator said, “Although General Boykin's prior comments concerning the war on terror are unrelated to his scheduled testimony on Dean Kagan's nomination, it is clear that these comments would be used to distract from the very important issues surrounding Ms. Kagan's actions at Harvard Law School.” [The Hill, 6/25/10]

Boykin Has Signed Petition In Support of Anti-Gay Groups

Petition Boykin Signed Expresses “Solidarity” With Right-Wing Anti-Gay Organizations. Boykin is a signatory to the Family Research Council's “Start Debating, Stop Hating” campaign, which states: “We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Family Research Council, American Family Association, Concerned Women of America, National Organization for Marriage, Liberty Counsel and other pro-family organizations that are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family. We support the vigorous but responsible exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty that are the birthright of all Americans.” [Start Debating Stop Hating, accessed 2/10/11] Many of those listed groups have promoted virulently anti-gay views, including calling for criminal penalties against homosexuality and banning gays from public office. [Right Wing Watch, 12/15/10]