During the height of the war on terrorism, Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin found himself in big trouble with the mainstream media and the Bush administration for professing his Christian faith while in uniform and for sharing his views on Islam.
Since Boykin’s retirement in 2007, cultural changes have come rapidly to the armed forces – most especially the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in 2010. As a result of that law, homosexuals may now serve openly in the military.
Boykin firmly believes this trend will hurt morale and diminish performance because these new dynamics will create trust issues among our troops – issues that could cost lives. He said the impact of repealing DADT probably won’t be seen for about a decade, but once apparent it will likely hurt recruiting for years to come.
However, Boykin, is perhaps even more outraged at what he sees as an erosion of basic religious freedom in the U.S. military. Now the executive vice president at the Family Research Council, Boykin said the military is increasingly hostile to the freedom to worship.
He cited a new directive from the U.S. Air Force forbidding commanders from using their position to express their religious beliefs. Boykin finds this particularly galling, asserting that the very people tasked with defending our First Amendment rights are being deprived of their own.