Ordained minister and retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin was set to deliver remarks at a military prayer breakfast, but the event was rescheduled and he was not retained after an advocacy group complained about his biblical view of sexual morality and past criticisms of Islam.
Fort Riley, home of the 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Kansas, said the disinvitation from the base’s D-Day anniversary celebration for this upcoming Monday was the result of “scheduling conflicts.”
But it came less than 24 hours after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lobbied the base not to host Mr. Boykin, saying his “fanatical” religious views constituted a threat to unit cohesion and morale.
Mr. Boykin said he found out he had been dropped from the event on Wednesday when a newspaper contacted him for an interview.
“They said there actually was a genuine scheduling conflict, but at the end of the day it was the result of a radical, leftist, anti-Christian group who objected to my being there,” said Mr. Boykin, who is executive vice president of the Family Research Council. “The ultimate decision was based on that.”
Mikey Weinstein, MRFF president and founder, said he was threatening to take the matter to federal court and demand an injunction if the base did not drop Mr. Boykin from the prayer breakfast.
Although Mr. Weinstein said he was happy with the military base’s decision to dismiss Mr. Boykin, he said those responsible for inviting the retired three-star general in the first place should be “prosecuted.”
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