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Statement On Lt. General Boykin's Appearance at Ocean City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
January 24, 2012
The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, issued the following statement regarding Lt. General William “Jerry” Boykin's scheduled remarks to Ocean City's Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
It is outrageous that Lt. General William “Jerry” Boykin is scheduled to be the featured speaker at this week’s Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Anyone who has conducted a Google search on Boykin would know that he frequently employs hateful rhetoric and endorses wild conspiracy theories about American Muslims.
"Our nation is stronger when we place these sorts of attacks on American Muslims out of bounds. A prayer breakfast should be a time for celebrating our shared religious and faith commitments to the dignity of all people, not an opportunity to spout hateful rhetoric about millions of American citizens. The right thing to do in this situation is for Ocean's City's Mayor to respectfully and forcefully tell Boykin that he will not be delivering remarks at the upcoming breakfast because of his history of hateful attacks on American Muslims and Muslims generally."
As a nearly 200-year old Presbyterian seminary focusing on bridging divides between people of all faiths, Auburn will not rest until religious freedom rings throughout America, including in Ocean City.
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