Boykin Editorials

November 16, 2003

Source: The Denver Post,1413,36~75~1764874,00.html

On November 16, 2003 an editorial in The Denver Post by Carl Raschke reported that "the American press - and, to a certain extent, American pundits and policymakers - have had a difficult time dealing with the kind of incendiary rhetoric about other people's religion that has come from the likes of Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin and outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad... If we are genuinely going to live up to the ideals of an open and pluralistic society, we are going to have to accept the fact that people of faith don't necessarily accept each other's faith. We are going to have to tolerate a little 'intolerance,' especially if it means respecting the genuine depth of someone else's religious views. We just have to be vigilant in making sure that this intolerance does not spill over into the denial of anybody's political rights, or outright persecution. That's what Jefferson really meant by a 'wall of separation' between religion and the state."