November 3, 2003

Panties in a twist

It seems like everyone is getting in an uproar about this Boykin thing.

In my Pentacostal church on Sunday, I was almost vilified as a heretic for stating that Boykin shouldn't talk about religion in his army uniform. I guess that is viewed as "taking a stand". I have a problem taking that kind of a stand in a professional capacity, especially if one is for the entire American public.

But then, I am digressing. Boykin's statements have not even been confirmed because the reporter will not release the tapes.

And that is what many people have been doing, digressing from the fact. In one broadcast (via Jerz), one reporter, Nina Totenberg, said, I hope hes not long for this world. She is making judgments without knowing all of the facts in this case. Apparently she is known for such behavior, but the fact remains that she does not know. None of us knows--yet.

So, maybe Boykin did make these statements. Maybe they were taken out of context. A full transcript of the talk has not been made public; it may never surface, but what we all need to do now is make an effort to stop this politically- and religious-biased mentality from eeking into our already jaded perception of the world through media lense.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 3, 2003 5:59 PM

Sorry to hear you got villified, thats why I rarely talk about politics around real people (as opposed to on the Internet, where I do talk about it occasionally). But I totally agree with your position, General Boykin can have any opinion he wants, but when he is speaking as a representative of the United States, with his military uniform on, he needs to tone down the inflammatory statements.

Posted by: Paige at November 7, 2003 5:02 PM

Thanks for caring that fellow bloggers got vilified Paige. It hurts. It really hurts :-).

Posted by: Amanda Cochran at November 8, 2003 10:31 AM
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