Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.) was invited on March 31 to speak at a prayer breakfast for soldiers on Monday's D-Day anniversary event at Fort Riley, Kansas. General Boykin, a founding member of Delta Force and 36-year veteran, was eager to speak to Fort Riley's young soldiers about the importance of faith to the soldier.
This week, following an angry demand by atheist Mikey Weinstein, who actively stalks General Boykin in his stand for military religious freedom, Fort Riley officials promptly canceled the prayer breakfast, citing "scheduling conflicts." Not only would the event be "rescheduled," but the official said General Boykin would not be invited back as a speaker.
The message is clear: the men and women in uniform at Fort Riley will not be permitted to hear from one of the Army's own highly decorated heroes because he is unapologetic about his Christian faith.
When military officials are so frightened by anti-Christian activists that they deny Christian soldiers the opportunity to hear from a man who has seen his faith at work in his distinguished career, how do we expect them to respond to the real threats that are facing America today?
These soldiers fight to defend our freedoms. Now, you can help defend theirs. Call the Fort Riley community relations office at (785) 239-3632 or (785) 239-2022, or Commanding General Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby's office at (785) 239-3516 and let them know that:
- Capitulating to Mikey Weinstein’s request to stop soldiers from hearing from men like General Boykin does a disservice to the men and women who serve our country.
- Canceling the prayer event interferes with soldiers' rights to voluntarily assemble and practice their faith.
- The Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, should apologize to the soldiers of Fort Riley and assure them that the leadership of Fort Riley will stand up to the anti-religious freedom agitators and defend their rights of assembly and the right to believe and live out their faith.
Your voice is important -- please call, or send Fort Riley officials a message on their Facebook page