Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin left the Army six years ago, but he’s never fully left the field.
Returning to the trenches for an interview with CNS News, the 36-year veteran and now executive vice president of the Family Research Council said the armed forces have changed drastically in recent years – and not for the better.
The pressures of political correctness under Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are pushing U.S. military officers into new kind of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — one where conservative Christians have to keep quiet about their religious beliefs, Boykin said.
“Yes, it’s a real turnabout where you, at one time, had to come out of the closet to admit you’re homosexual, and now you have to come out of the closet to admit that you’re a Christian,” he said.
“And now, you’re an open Christian at your own peril in many places, under many of the commanders in the military today and that’s a major change, a major paradigm shift in our society.”
The research council published a report this month, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat Religious Liberty in the Military,” that lists a series of troubling incidents.
While the first in the report took place in 2004, the report notes they have occurred with increasing frequency since Obama took office.
Boykin, a favorite of conservative military watchers, has the kind of history that infuriates liberal.
His military experience include the failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran under President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the invasion of Grenada in 1982, the hunt for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in1992 and possibly his killing 1993 under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
He retired from the Army in 2007, during the second Bush administration.
In 2012, a speech he planned to make at West Point was canceled after complaints from liberal veterans groups and Muslim organizations, according to the New York Times.
“They’re trying to force Christians underground so that our faith and our values do not impact the public sector. So that’s what you’re seeing unfold today,” Boykin said.