West Point speaker is former officer critical of Islam

A controversial retired Army officer who has drawn attention worldwide for speeches against Islam will be the keynote speaker at … Continued

A controversial retired Army officer who has drawn attention worldwide for speeches against Islam will be the keynote speaker at a prayer breakfast Feb 8 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin was a top Pentagon official in 2004 when he was reprimanded for saying in uniform that Muslims worship idols and not “a real God,” and for depicting the war against Muslim radicals as a Christian struggle against Satan.

Since he retired, Boykin has been on the lecture circuit, speaking more candidly about his belief that the practice of Islam shouldn’t be covered by the First Amendment because it’s “a totalitarian way of life,” and that mosques should be banned.

Several advocacy groups criticized the beach community of Ocean City, Md., for hosting Boykin Thursday at the city’s annual prayer breakfast. The groups called for organizers to withdraw the invitation and for city leaders to speak out against Boykin’s comments.

News reports from the breakfast said Boykin did not mention Islam and focused on how his Christian faith has sustained him.

On Thursday, a veterans’ group released a letter to West Point’s superintendent, asking him to retract the invite for Boykin to speak at the annual prayer breakfast on Feb. 8.

Boykins’ past remarks about Muslims and mosques, the letter reads, “are incompatible with the Army values, and a person who is incompatible with Army values should not address the cadets of the United States Military Academy … (His address) would be a slap to the face to Muslim Americans who have served their country, not to mention those who gave the fullest sacrifice for their nation and their comrades.”

A school spokeswoman said Thursday in a statement to The Post that it’s important for cadets to be exposed to differing views:

“The U.S. Military Academy at West Point prepares cadets to be leaders of character with honor and consideration of others. In order to produce effective 21st Century leaders for our Army, and our Nation, cadets are purposefully exposed to different perspectives and cultures over the course of their 47-month experience at West Point.

The National Prayer Breakfast Service will be pluralistic with Christians, Jewish, and Muslim cadets participating. 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,” said the statement from public affairs director Lt. Col Sherri Reed.

Boykin will be the only speaker at the West Point event, which is run by the school’s chaplain’s office.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    While there is no doubt that Islam represents a totalitarian way of life, Boykin and the poster below me convict themselves of the same brand of insanity when they paint the war as one between Christians and Muslims.

    Make no mistake, despite our own embarrassing heritage of religious fanaticism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are being fought between a rigidly secular, republican government and religious fascists, a cause to which Boykin is only halfway committed.

  • abc3

    Outrageous! Americans wonder why our government is viewed with suspicion in so many parts of the world. This officer is a Crusader in the worst sense of the word. Why is the Academy inviting him to speak? Does the Department of the Army support his bigotry?

  • tlwinslow

    Boykin spent his military career defending the U.S. Constitution. Allah is the archenemy of the U.S. Constitution. Muslims should shut up.

  • ccnl1

    Dear ex-general Boykin,

    From a PowerPoint slide. Please present this at the prayer breakfast.

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF ORTHODOX JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.

  • Rocco3

    This is insane. He’s not speaking at an academic forum he’s the keynoter for the National Prayer Breakfast at West Point — The US gov’ts military college.

    The chaplains who planned and chose this guy should be fired as well as whomever approved his inclusion.

    What? David Duke wasn’t available?

  • AgentFoxMulder

    So, what does everyone think about Twitters new approach toward censorship?

  • Kingofkings1

    And in another note, the head of the KKK has been invited to give the next keynote address at the NAACP, just so the organization is exposed to differing views.

  • jeb_jackson

    So, when did the U.S. Military Academy at West Point stop preparing cadets to kill the enemy in defense of our way of life?

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