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04/05/2013 06:27 pm ET Updated Apr 06, 2013

Family Research Council Exec Praises Michele Bachmann Anti-Muslim Campaign

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was widely ridiculed last year for proposing an investigation to expose "deep penetration" by the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. government, but least one prominent conservative believes she was "standing on the word of God."

That ally is Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, an influential conservative group in Washington. He made the comment during a panel appearance at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in February, shortly after suggesting that Sharia law has "been insinuated into our legal system," citing a controversial study by the Center For Security Policy.

Said Boykin:

There’s a lack of leadership in America today. Leaders are intimidated, they’re afraid and they will not confront the Muslim Brotherhood; they will not face up to what is really happening in America. Those who will are people that are standing on the word of God. Start with Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks; they are a very small number who are standing on God’s word and because they have the spirit of God they see this for what it is.

They need our help. We need to lite up Washington in support of these people that are the only ones that are unafraid because of their dependence upon God’s word, they are unafraid to confront this; yet they get pilloried from everybody across the country because they have stood up to the realities of the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to stand with them, we need to pray for them and we need to stand with them as they stand for us because of their belief in Christ.

In July 2012, Gohmert and Franks joined Bachmann in sending letters to State Department officials, requesting an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government. The move was widely panned by religious groups and even provoked a stern rebuke from Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor. Bachmann took heat for singling out Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, insinuating that Abedin was connected to the Brotherhood and, as deputy chief of staff at the State Department, had advanced its interests.

Boykin, a former lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, and later a high-ranking intelligence official in the Defense Department, has a long history of incendiary anti-Muslim rhetoric, and has insisted that America is a "Christian nation." He was also, as Raw Story points out, a fervent opponent of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He joined the Family Research Council in 2012.

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