The battle over a planned speech by a controversial retired Army general at Friday's civic leaders prayer breakfast intensified Thursday.

As a group readied to protest the speaker, and the YMCA — an organization that typically supports the event — said it wouldn't attend, Clark County Commissioner David Madore went on social media to publicly encourage people to go and hear what the speaker has to say.

Delivering the event's keynote address this year is retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, formerly a high-ranking Pentagon official with a long career in the Army and the CIA who now works with Christian conservative groups like the Family Research Council and Kingdom Warriors. Boykin has come under fire for his statements about Islam and other topics, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations considers him an "anti-Muslim bigot."

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