I just got it from a reliable source that retired Islamophobic Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin has been disinvited from speaking at West Point’s annual National Prayer Breakfast. Score one for the fight against religious bigotry and Christian nationalism!
UPDATE: thinkprogress.org is reporting that West Point’s official statement says that it was Boykin who withdrew from the event. I find that a bit hard to believe, but either way he’s not speaking at West Point, which is the important thing.
Email that just came in to MRFF from one of the 27 faculty members at West Point who opposed Boykin speaking there:
I am one of the West Point Faculty leaders who reached out to you and the MRFF via a late night teleconference merely 4 days ago about the horrible invitation which West Point extended to that well known Muslim bigot retired LGen William Boykin to speak at our annual U.S. Military Academy National Prayer breakfast on 8 Feb 12. We have just learned that Boykin will no longer be coming to West Point for this event.
On behalf of all 27 West Point faculty who are MRFF clients in this matter, and the 74 West Point cadets who are MRFF clients here as well, we all send our sincerest thanks and respect for an excellent job well done! And none of us had to reveal our identities in the bargain, Mikey. None of us had any place to turn for help, without real fear of reprisal, other than you and the MRFF.
As it turns out, Mikey, you and the MRFF were more than up to the challenge! From all of us here at West Point to all of the MRFF, we thank you for taking our fight to the Army and Pentagon and Presidential powers that be.
(West Point Faculty member’s name, rank and Academy Faculty Dept. withheld)