Boykin Wants ‘God’s Army’ to Rise Up Against Evil, Hitler

Former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who was punished by the Pentagon for claiming that his troops in Somalia were fighting for God, is now a VP of the Family Research Council. In that role, he gets to travel to places like Springfield, MO (where Skepticon is held, coincidentally) and spew extremist rhetoric like this:

“If you’re a Bible-believing Christian, if you’re a person who has a biblical worldview, if you serve the one and only God, you are going to be persecuted, plain and simple” he said, pointing to Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance which bans discrimination on the basis sexual orientation and gender identity [SOGI].

“This SOGI nonsense is an example of exactly what they’re trying to do us,” Boykin said. “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”

“We’re at war,” Boykin said, as he declared that the push for gay rights is “evil” and cannot be compared to the fight for civil rights: “This is not about civil rights, this is about the evil that has come into our society and is trying to destroy our ability and our freedom to be able to worship our god as we choose.”

“We’re not rising up against evil,” he warned. “When we rise up against evil, we’ve got to rise up like an army. We’ve got to act like we’re in the military because, in fact, we are God’s army.”

Yeah, phrases like “God’s army” should scare the shit out of everyone. Historically, when an army thinks they’re fighting for God, the result is usually genocidal. And when you whoop up heavily armed, paranoid wingnuts to think they’re fighting against another Adolf Hitler, that can’t possibly end well.

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  • Chiroptera

    “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”

    Yeah, ’cause the one thing I remember about the Nazis is how they were against discrimination.

  • colnago80

    Gott mit uns don’t you know.

  • themadtapper

    The members of God’s army should wear something signifying who they’re fighting for. Maybe a fancy belt buckle or something. They could put a religious phrase on it to show who’s got their back while they fight modern-day Hitlers. Maybe “God with us”. That’s a good one.

  • Donnie

    I suggest we follow up on colnago80’s suggestion and drop a 15megaton nuke on Springfield, MO. Doesn’t he always claim dropping nukes will solve all our problems? Or, is that only a solution for Iran those ‘those’ people and not ‘those (our)’ people?

  • Chiroptera

    I remember the Nuremberg trials when all those Nazis were in the dock for crimes against humanity, like fining florists $1000 plus $1 for court costs.

  • caseloweraz

    Boykin: We’re not rising up against evil,” he warned. “When we rise up against evil, we’ve got to rise up like an army. We’ve got to act like we’re in the military because, in fact, we are God’s army.”

    Boykin should make up his mind whether he is or is not rising up against evil. He won’t need “God’s army” if he isn’t; he can sit back on the porch and sip mint juleps.

    He might also be on the lookout for a trademark lawsuit from Joseph Kony.

  • whheydt

    Given the rate at which we’re knocking them off, I dare say that ISIS is in the market for some additional generals. Boykin would feel right at home with them.

  • lofgren

    Haven’t, like, most armies up until the 20th century considered themselves God’s army? Heck in polytheist societies they fully expected that there were gods on both sides.

  • busterggi

    “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”

    Hitler was all about promoting diversity – blue eyes, hazel eyes, grey eyes, even brown as long as it wasn’t a skin color.

    And considering his relationship with Geli Raubal he was the perfect Christian family man.

  • garnetstar

    What, in fact, was it that Hitler forced the church to accept in 1937? I seem to recall that he let the major Protestant demonination (Lutheran?) and the Catholic church to go on pretty much as always, as long as they discriminated against Jews, which was pretty much SOP for them anyway.

  • alanb
  • dugglebogey

    Who has lost their business due to equality? Can he name one person who lost their business?

    Someone got a fine somewhere I think. That’s the worst “persecution” he can point to. Oh the humanity!

  • colnago80

    Re busterggi @ #9

    Geli Raubal, who many historians of the Third Reich think Hister murdered.

  • matty1

    @10

    What, in fact, was it that Hitler forced the church to accept in 1937?

    The best I can get from searching on Hitler, church, 1937 is this. Basically the Pope sent out an encyclical accusing the German government of breaking the concordat by closing Catholic schools and of trying to get German Catholics to commit heresy by putting Nazi ideology ahead of their religion.

    The following extracts with emphasis added) from the wikipedia article give some indication of how similar that case is to what Boykin is talking about.

    Faulhaber (the German cardinal) suggested in an internal Church memorandum that the bishops should inform the Nazi regime “that the Church, through the application of its marriage laws, has made and continues to make, an important contribution to the state’s policy of racial purity; and is thus performing a valuable service for the regime’s population policy.”

    Nazi reprisals against the Church in Germany followed thereafter, including “staged prosecutions of monks for homosexuality, with the maximum of publicity”.

  • matty1

    @13 Still got your issues with the man’s name?

  • cjcolucci

    Go Spartans!

    Had to put it somewhere.

  • grumpyoldfart

    …we’ve got to rise up like an army. We’ve got to act like we’re in the military because, in fact, we are God’s army.”

    It’s already happening. Check out these new recruits:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYd_MOJYQcc

  • Nick Gotts

    Geli Raubal, who many historians of the Third Reich think Hister murdered. – colnago80

    Not so; some of them think Hitler murdered her, though.

  • abb3w

    A bit harder than the usual screed to translate back to some 1950s analog, but taking a crack at it….

    “If you’re a Bible-believing Christian, if you’re a person who has a biblical worldview, if you serve the one and only God, you are going to be persecuted, plain and simple” he said, pointing to Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance which bans discrimination on the basis of national origin, race, and color [NORC].

    “This NORC nonsense is an example of exactly what they’re trying to do us,” General Ripper said. “They’re trying to put us in a situation where we’re going to lose our businesses, where we’re going to be forced to accept what Adolf Hitler forced the church to accept in Germany in 1937.”

    “We’re at war,” Ripper said, as he declared that the push for civil rights is “evil” and cannot be compared to the fight against slavery: “This is not about rights, this is about the evil that has come into our society and is trying to destroy our ability and our freedom to be able to worship our god as we choose.”

    “We’re not rising up against evil,” he warned. “When we rise up against evil, we’ve got to rise up like an army. We’ve got to act like we’re in the military because, in fact, we are God’s army.”

    The Hitler comparison rings a little odd in the re-write, but it rings a little odd in the original as well.

  • StevoR

    @4. Donnie : In fairness I think you have to recognise that Colnago80 has changed his mind on that issue and said it isn’t a good idea or what he’d recommend anymore.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I’d love to know how he made the rank of General.