On Monday, retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin was told not to attend a prayer breakfast at Fort Riley, Kansas because of his religious views.
“Well, this is the condition of our military today,” Boykin said, adding that Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, the leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called for Boykin’s invitation to be “immediately withdrawn” after he labeled him a “Christian zealot” and an “Islamophobe.”
The retired general went on to say that the commander of the base refused to stand by him and cancelled his appearance “on the anniversary of D-Day.”
“I’ve got to back up, I’ve got to understand this,” Humphries said. “So because you’re a Christian, you’re not supposed to speak at a prayer breakfast?”
“A voluntary prayer breakfast,” Boykin said. “And yes, according to this organization that has been … going after me for some time.”
Boykin also claimed that the group has been trying to have Bibles removed from “Missing Man” displays at VA hospitals. When asked about the accusation of being a Christian zealot, he replied, “Well, I don’t know exactly what that means, but I am, in fact, an ordained minister now.”
“This is exactly where Obama wants his military,” the former general said. “There has been an all-out assault on faith in general — unless it’s the Muslim faith, and then it’s protected — but particularly the Christian faith.”
“I’m so sorry you’re being treated this way,” Humphries said. “You don’t deserve it. Your service to our country needs to be applauded and saluted and not disrespected, as this one organization is doing. So, for the rest of America, I want to apologize to you personally.”
“Well, I appreciate that very much and things are going to get better and that’s because people are waking up and starting to take a stand,” Boykin replied.
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