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AMV statement
on General Boykin’s
anti-Islam speeches

(10/17/2003) American Muslim Voice, in a statement, said that General Boykin’s speeches against Islam and Muslims are provocative and irresponsible.

Ms. Samina Faheem, the American Muslim Voice Executive Director, said while every American has the freedom to express his opinion but it is essential that those who hold high policymaking positions should exercise judgment in their public speaking and Lt. Gen. Boykin clearly lacks such judgment.

She added that as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, General Boykin holds a critical policymaking position and it is outrageous that someone who holds such extreme, closed-minded, zealous views would be allowed such a prominent position in our government at a time when America's position in the Islamic world has never been worse.

She said the position Boykin makes his role especially sensitive as he would have to interact routinely with Muslims from all over the world. Will he be effective in establishing close working relationships with these officials, who have all watched him slur their religion? Boykin's words and actions are likely to draw special scrutiny in the Arab and Islamic world.