Gen Boykin Speaks Out in Defense of Mark Green

Secretary of the Army nominee Mark Green, who already enjoys the support of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, recently had retired LtGen Jerry Boykin speak up in his defense [emphasis added]:

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, an executive vice president at the Family Research Council, said Green has had the courage to stand up in a politically correct environment and state his religious views.

I don’t think there is any question that he is being targeted for his Christian faith,” he said.

Meanwhile, Green, as a former soldier and Army surgeon, has great qualifications to be secretary and is a candidate who already understands troops, Boykin said.

It is telling that none of Green’s critics have cited any issues with his actual qualifications — rather, they have taken issue with Green publicly speaking his religious beliefs. To date, though, nothing Green has said that has been held up for derision (primarily by LGBT advocates) has been inconsistent with tenets of the Christian faith.  (People may not like those beliefs, but Green cannot be prohibited from government service merely because of those beliefs, according to the US Constitution.  US troops currently serve under the same protections.)

And that fits the man, as he is a Christian first:

“I look at life sometimes as a believer in Christ, sometimes as a leader in a church but a believer of Christ, and sometimes as, I’m a CEO of healthcare company, so I put that hat on, but I’m still a believer in Christ, and then I’m a state senator,” Green told a church group in 2015.

For his part, Gen Boykin, apparently noting the observation here that Green has many homosexual critics but few Christians speaking in his defenses, said it was time for people to get off their duffs:

“What would you expect [in qualifications] that is not already present there?” he said. “It’s time for somebody to step forward and say, ‘I support this man.’

Seems some Senators might need to get a call — as well as a few silent-to-date Christian organizations.

With more criticism at CNN and the Washington Examiner.