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Fort Riley War of Words

Associated Press - June 8, 2016 5:09 pm

More than a hundred Fort Riley soldiers are helping University of Kansas researchers study how intense running affects wounded soldiers with mild traumatic brain injury.

A war of words is being waged at a Kansas military base after a highly decorated retired officer was disinvited from a prayer breakfast because of complaints about his outspoken Christian conservative views.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin was scheduled to speak Monday at Fort Riley as part of the 1st Infantry Division’s “Victory Week.”

Boykin spent 36 years in the Army and led the elite Delta Force in attempts to recover hostages in Iran, apprehend Manuel Noriega and track drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

But he also has drawn attention for claiming Islam doesn’t deserve First Amendment protection and that President Barack Obama subliminally supports al-Qaeda.

Boykin was disinvited from the breakfast after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation protested his appearance at the event.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal