07 Jun Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Fort Riley and D-Day
The recently cancelled D-Day commemoration ‘prayer breakfast’ appearance of Lt. Gen. William (“Jerry”) Boykin at the US Army facility in Fort Riley, Kansas, is a flashing red neon sign telling Americans just how far off track our country has gone.
Lt. Gen. Boykin is one of America’s finest patriots and soldiers. (We’re privileged to have met him, and are grateful he is planning to be on the show very soon). He’s pretty close to being John Wayne, only he’s not an actor. An early member of the Delta Force, Boykin went on to be the commanding general of the US Army Special Forces Command. He also happens to be an ordained Christian minister.
An on-track America would enthusiastically embrace a soldier with the Christian background and character of Jerry Boykin. Much of America still would. But in the era of Obama as Commander in Chief, how times have changed.
Consider the actual D-Day. It was the invasion the American President—Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt—announced to the American people on June 6, 1944, with a combined prayer/speech that included these profoundly Judeo-Christian excerpts:
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
…O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
Consider also President Ronald Reagan’s famous visit to Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, when he noted in his remarks that when news that the invasion had been launched reached the American homeland:
“…in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4:00 am. In Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying. And in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.”
But in America in 2016, the Commander at Fort Riley, Kansas, cancelled Lt. Gen. Boykin’s appearance because of the complaints of Mikey Weinstein, a far left activist cut from the same cloth as Obama, who has made it his mission to remove all vestiges of Judeo-Christian religious traditions from the US military. (Keep in mind that the prayer breakfast was a voluntary affair; no one in the military was ordered to attend; no one had to attend who did not want to attend.)
[As an aside, Weinstein would deny that he is targeting Jews or Christians. In his words, his “Military Religious Freedom Foundation “[doesn’t] care about anybody’s view about Jesus Christ, or Allah, or Spider-Man….we only care about the time and the place and the manner in which [soldiers] deploy their faith, or lack thereof.” In his view, Boykin’s pro-Christian views are offensive to Muslims, atheists, Zoroastrians, etc. But when the overwhelming majority of America’s soldiers are Christian (by most estimates, more than 80%), it’s pretty clear what the primary target of the MRFF is.]
America is a Christian nation; her founding principles are decidedly Biblical. Her soldiers have unquestionably been motivated as well as protected in their defense of the idea of human freedom that is itself unquestionably the outgrowth of Jesus’ teachings. America’s political leadership, and the overwhelming majority of American citizens openly invoked that Christian faith in the monumental effort to destroy German and Japanese aggression in World War II.
When the US military that prevailed on D-Day starts getting pushed around by the shallow and pathetic mockery of one who would compare Jesus Christ to Spiderman…well, it’s hard to imagine how much more off track America can become.
But the good news is Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin is not retired as an active duty patriot, and he is not going away quietly. We’re grateful he will be calling in to the radio show to speak up once again, and we are thrilled to be allied with him to stand up and speak up for American exceptionalism in every show. We hope our listeners and readers will do the same.