A prayer breakfast speaker with an Islamophobic track record
Controversial retired general and outspoken anti-Muslim evangelical Jerry Boykin has been invited to speak at the Ocean City, Maryland, mayor’s prayer breakfast. Boykin is infamous for calling for there to be no more mosques in America, smearing Islam as a totalitarian threat to the United States, and claiming that Islam is not protected under the First Amendment. Right Wing Watch has a litany of Boykin’s most extreme comments here.
People for the American Way is asking its members to write to Ocean City officials urging them to withdraw the invitation and find a different speaker:
I’m writing to express my concern over Jerry Boykin’s participation in the Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. Boykin’s well-documented history of bigotry should make him ineligible for such a distinction, and his participation would send the wrong message about what Ocean City stands for.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Auburn Theological Seminary have also joined the call for Ocean City to chose a different speaker who better represents American values.