Americans United Responds to Boykin Investigation

August 19, 2004

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

On August 19, 2004 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that the, "army official who claimed U.S. is waging Christian 'Holy War' against satan should be removed from office, says AU's [Barry] Lynn... In October 2003, Americans United urged Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to fire Boykin. Only months earlier in April, AU had sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army protesting Boykin's endorsement of a Southern Baptist evangelism program and his use of an army base and its personnel to host and promote the ministry... 'The general should not be in a top policy-making position,' said Lynn. 'This initial report from the Defense Department is troubling because it suggests Boykin will not be held fully accountable for his inflammatory actions.' "