Petition Update

Lt. Gen. Boykin will not speak at West Point National Prayer Breakfast

Standing on the Side of Love

Feb 2, 2012 — On January 26 the mayor of Ocean City, Maryland hosted extremist anti-Muslim speaker and retired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Through this petition, we sent over 1,000 messages to Mayor Rick Meehan and the city council. As a result, six out of seven members of the Ocean City city council did not attend the prayer breakfast with Lt. Gen. Boykin.

In continuing to stand up to Boykin’s anti-Islamic rhetoric, this campaign has opposed the inclusion of the racist views of Lt. Gen. Boykin at the West Point National Prayer Breakfast on February 8. For our part, the UUA official endorser for military chaplains reached out to the Forum on Military Chaplaincy, which joined a chorus of veterans and civil liberties groups in successfully calling for his removal.

As a result, Lt. Gen. Boykin has withdrawn himself from speaking at the West Point National Prayer Breakfast on February 8.

Thank you for your support of religious tolerance.