Franklin Graham: 'Sickening' Fort Riley Canceled Prayer Breakfast
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Franklin Graham took to his Facebook page to condemn as "sickening" Fort Riley's decision to postpone a prayer breakfast that would have featured retired Lt. General William "Jerry" Boykin, an original member of Delta Force. Boykin, an executive with the Family Research Council, accepted an invitation to deliver remarks at the June 6 prayer breakfast back in March. But earlier this week, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed a protest with the military base in Kansas, calling Boykin "homophobic, Islamaphobic, fundamental Christian extremist," Fox News reports. Within 24 hours, Fort Riley said the prayer breakfast would be rescheduled without Boykin. "That's just sickening," Graham posted on Facebook. "It is unbelievable that our country has fallen to this point and that Christianity is the only thing it's okay to be intolerant of and discriminate against. Excuse me, General Boykin's first amendment rights still exist, and so do those of everyone who wants to hear him speak."
MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein told the Army Times that his group fielded 131 complaints against Boykin, saying "I have clients of ours weeping on the phone about this." "I sincerely doubt that America can expect to win wars if the people who are tasked to do so are frightened by an old retired general with biblical views and a testimony of faith," Boykin told Fox News.