Gen Boykin: Muslims are “Precious… I Respect Them and Their Right to Worship”

Jerry Boykin, speaking yesterday at the Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (background here):

“The muslim people are a precious people and I respect them and their right to worship, so long as they don’t fall into the category of a radical who wants to destroy the constitution.”

Jerry Boykin, previously:

We need to recognize that Islam itself is not just a religion – it is a totalitarian way of life. It’s a legal system, sharia law; it’s a financial system; it’s a moral code; it’s a political system; it’s a military system. It should not be protected under the First Amendment, particularly given that those following the dictates of the Quran are under an obligation to destroy our Constitution and replace it with sharia law.

Plus:

No mosques in America…. A mosque is an embassy for Islam and they recognize only a global caliphate, not the sanctity or sovereignty of the United States.

Just a few days ago, the Tennessee Freedom Coalition posted a video in which Boykin warns about the “Muslim propaganda playbook”, that Muslims are “implementing their plan”, and that “the target is our constitution”. In that speech, Boykin identifies “the theology of Islam” and “authoritative Islam” as the enemies: no distinction is made between Muslims, Islamists, and Jihadis.

Perhaps Boykin has had a change of heart; more likely, though, is that he defines “the category of a radical” so broadly that a Muslim who doesn’t “want to destroy the constitution” is either uninformed about his or her own religion, or belongs to a fringe, “non-authoritative” form of Islam.

8 Responses

  1. That’s very confusing. If he has had a change of heart, it would be good to hear about it in more concrete terms. Have you thought of approaching him for a statement?

  2. […] Gen Boykin: Muslims are “Precious… I Respect Them and Their Right to Worship”. Maybe I don’t have the sophistication needed to understand this but I find it hard to square these comments with previous comments you’ve made, Mr. Boykin, like how you don’t think Muslims should be protected under the first amendment and that mosques should be banned in the United States. Please explain. Read it. […]

  3. Jerry Boykin is a disgrace to every man and woman who has even worn a US military uniform. He should be prevented from styling himself “General,” even if he is “retired.” He is not a soldier, and I don’t believe he ever was one. His profession is that of bigot-for-hire, and if he wants a title he can go ahead and make one up for himself.

  4. IIRC the actor R. Lee Ermey was drummed out of the service for using his military rank and affiliation for commercial purposes; how does this Boykin joker avoid the same for his far more egregious misuse of rank?

  5. Isn’t it possible that Boykin has not changed his mind, but instead has lost it completely?

  6. […] controversy a few days ago when Boykin spoke at the Ocean City Prayer Breakfast, although he took that opportunity to present an apparently more moderate […]

  7. […] his extremist comments now receiving national attention, Boykin is now trying to disguise his views, calling Muslims a “precious people” and insisting that he respects […]

  8. […] army of Brownshirts as part of a Marxist conspiracy, or about how there should be “no mosques in America“. It’s not clear why Boykin is reported as saying he “wasn’t a religious […]

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