Retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin was told not to attend a prayer breakfast to be held Monday at Fort Riley, Kansas, because of his religious views.
Radio talk host Rusty Humphries asked Boykin about the incident Monday during an interview on USA Radio’s Trending Today USA.
Boykin said, “Well, this is the condition of our military today.” He went on to say that Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, the leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called for Boykin’s invitation to be “immediately withdrawn.”
Weinstein labeled Boykin a “Christian zealot” and an “Islamophobe.”
According to the retired general, the commander at the base refused to stand up to Weinstein and canceled Boykin’s 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 stated that the group also has been trying to have Bibles removed from the “Missing Man” displays at VA hospitals.
To the charge of being a Christian zealot, Boykin said, “Well, I don’t know exactly what that means, but I am, in fact, an ordained minister now.”
He went on to tell Humphries that he had intended to speak to the people on the prayers of Franklin Roosevelt, Gen. George S. Patton and others during World War II and especially on D-Day.
When Humphries asked Boykin if he understands what is happening, Boykin said he understands, because, “This is exactly where Obama wants his military. 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.”
After a few more minutes of interviewing Boykin, Humphries said, “I’m so sorry you’re being treated this way. 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.”
Boykin responded by saying, “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.”