In the real world, retired General William "Jerry" Boykin is a hate filled, anti-Islam, anti-gay extremist. But in the alternate reality of Fox News, that's just fine because Boykin is a Christian who is being persecuted by one of Fox's favorite targets, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Check out Brian Kilmeade's warm embrace of a "Delta Force Hero."
Boykin is no stranger to Fox & Friends. In 2013, Boykin (who thinks that marriage equality is the same as bestiality) received warm validation from Steve Doocy about his bogus claim that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was trying to stop the nice Christians from proselytizing in the military - a practice that is a violation of military religious neutrality codes which are based on the 1st Amendment. Last Friday, poor, persecuted Boykin was back on Fox & Friends for more hugs and loves after having been rejected, as a prayer breakfast speaker, from FortRiley.
Kilmeade reported that "Fort Riley is under fire for abruptly canceling an upcoming prayer breakfast speech set to feature the retired general William Boykin." He quoted from Military Religious Freedom Foundation's founder Mikey Weinstein who, in an Army Times article, said that he has clients who were very distraught about the speech. He introduced Boykin, Executive Vice-President of the hate group, the Family Research Council and a notorious anti-gay, anti-Muslim extremist. (Right Wing Watch has an extensive history of the crazy talk.)
After Kilmeade asked Boykin to explain why the speech was cancelled, Boykin launched into an attack on the MRFF. He described it as a "radical, anti-Christian atheist group." (Fact Check - "75% of the [MRFF] Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 39,000+ soldier clients (1 does represent 100 and 1 can represent 50) are Christians – – Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodist, Lutherans, Baptists, Evangelicals, etc.") Boykin complained that the MRFF was responsible for the protest of his appearance. Kilmeade said "right," when Boykin whined tha while the commander of Fort Hood is asking for prayers for drowned soliders, the Fort Riley commander has cancelled his speech.
Kilmeade asked Boykin if he blamed Fort Riley's commander. This provided the perfect opportunity for Boykin to attack the President who, according to Boykin, has "created" a godless military." (Did you know that Obama is creating a private Marxist army?) Kilmeade cited the charges that Boykin is anti-gay and anti-Muslim. Boykin acknowledged his having been "outspoken" in his feelings about the Muslim Brotherhood in America which, he added, represents only a minority of American Muslims. (Fact Check: He has said that Islam is "evil" and doesn't deserve 1st Amendment protections.). His claim, that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is a "front group" for the Islamic Brotherhood was validated by Kilmeade.
When asked about his views on gays, Boykin asserted that he objected to the lifting of "don't ask, don't tell" and since then has "had nothing to say about that." Boykin is a LIAR. The military's anti-gay policy was repealed in 2012. Since then, Boykin has called for "God's army" to fight "evil" gay rights. He has linked sexual assault in the military to the inclusion of gay soldiers. He justified his position against gays in the military because - ready for it - they are "stressed." Kilmeade: "yes." After Boykin whined about how military readiness has declined during the Obama administration, Kilmeade added "great point."
In the real world (includes the military), hating gays and Muslims is considered a form of base bigotry. In the alternate reality of Fox News, it's celebrated especially if the hater loves Jesus. And damn that Military Religious Freedom Foundation for interfering in that nice, Christian hate!