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Conservatives Back Gen. in Remarks Flap

Religious conservatives in Congress are defending a Pentagon general who referred to the war on terror as a Christian fight against Satan. In remarks many consider demeaning to Islam, Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin has told church audiences his mission is “a battle with Satan.” The struggle, Boykin said, is “because we’re a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian … and the enemy is a guy named Satan.” Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., drafted a letter Monday asking Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld not to discipline Boykin, saying that elected officials and military leaders have talked about God and spiritual matters throughout U.S. history. Full Story

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