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     Monday, October 20 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Jimmy Carter, where are you now?

Back in February and March when I was discussing the "culture wars" and the reasons so many seem to hate President Bush, I tried to avoid flatly claiming that those who talk like they hate him do so because he is, more than any other President in memory (except Jimmy Carter) trying harder to live in his private life and in his public office as a serious Christian. I was going mostly on guesses with little "proof" to back that hunch.

But in the case of the media hounds who tried to destroy Lt. General William G. Boykin last week, led in a real conspiracy (documented in MSNBC) between NBC News and the Los Angeles Times, there's no doubt about the fact that's why they tried (or more likely, are still trying) to destroy him, because they straightforwardly said so. I hasten to add, however, that many of those involved were so incompetent, so ignorant of what all serious Christians believe about the warfare between good and evil, that they didn't know what they were doing. They don't imagine anyone could really believe this "stuff" I'm talking about now. In other words, some, perhaps most, of the reporters and editors who pushed this nonstory onto the "front pages" around the world last week probably actually believe the General was doing what they said they thought he was doing, calling the war against terrorism a war between Christianity and Islam and referring to Allah (the Arabic word for God), as an idol.

As soon as I heard a few of the quotes the NBC/LA Times conspirators or, if you prefer, reporting team, had selected to "nail" General Boykin (someone I had never previously heard of) as "divisive" (MSNBC's term), my first reaction was, "here is a real Christian in a major military post." And as in the case of most of the real Christians in Caesar's military of the Roman Empire before it moved the capitol to Constantinople, he would be martyred if his enemies (the leftwing media in this case) had their way. My reaction to this realization was this reflection in my Xnmp editorial page:

News flash to NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and any other media company that has ever sent out a reporter who has never taken religion 101 (or read and comprehended the Old Testament) to cover a story with a "religious" angle: To anyone who actually believes in God, every struggle is a spiritual war (evangelicals like Gen. Boykin generally aren't big on even pretending to know what is meant by "religion"). Anyone who has read the Old Testament and believes its lessons apply to all believers in all nations, in all times, as all serious educated Christians do, know this has been demonstrated countless times through history.

Any reporter who could miss that General Boykin's reference to the "idolatry" of the Somali "warlord," Osman Otto, was referring to "mammon," not Allah (when obviously Otto was in opposition to basic tenets of Islam), obviously lacks anything resembling an adequate liberal arts education in the United States (and of course the pudding, not the "degree" is the proof of this lack). Any reporter making such an egregious misjudgment should either be fired or transferred to a beat that doesn't require a well-rounded knowledge of American thinking, convictions, and sociology. Maybe high school sports? But of course there too, eventually, he will encounter and misinterpret a Christian, will he not?

Those media that point to the general's expressing his opinions (which are all, to the extent that he is actually a Christian or trying to be one, "Christian opinions") while "in uniform" are implying that everyone who puts on the nation's uniform must first take off their most cherished beliefs and opinions; in short, their Christianity. Did General Washington ever do this? Did General Eisenhower? And did not some courageous generals exercise their freedom of expression at the expense of their careers, as in the case of General MacArthur? And would we be a free country if we expected any general or other military man or woman to do less?

This is another of the endless parade of instances of leftwing media trying to deny the First Amerndment rights (both religious and speech) of anyone whom they disagree with or that they can "investigate" and hold up as another negative reflection on the government.

To anyone with eyes to see, it is NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and every other medium that jumped on this "get the Christian general" bandwagon, that fails to understand and by their destructive behavior reveal their hatred, and who undermine and betray American freedom and what all our armed forces in all our wars have fought and died to preserve.

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Considering how the media skewered Jimmy Carter (one of their own whom whey never understood either) back in the days when he talked more like a Christian and less like a Nobel Prize winner, I can't blame President Bush's national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for not even trying to explain what the General really meant in his "divisive speeches" in evangelical churches. If these intrepid "journalists" haven't learned the difference between "evangelical" and "evangelist," as one of their headlines on this story demonstrated, they just wouldn't get it. And, I'm sure, they don't want to. That story would never make the front pages.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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