A revered military leader, retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, has been dismissed from his teaching post at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for comments he made responding to President Obama’s order to public schools to allow boys who “identify” as girls to use girls restrooms and changing facilities.
In a Facebook statement, Boykin confirmed the college’s move.
“Let me make it official and let you all know that I have been terminated from teaching at Hampden-Sydney College after nine years there. Hampden Sydney is the 10th oldest college in America and is one of the two men’s colleges left in #America. Let me begin by saying that it is a fine school with some very good young men who give me hope for the future. There are also a few very good faculty members who I consider to be good friends and true patriots. They stood with me through this whole situation as the school made the decision to terminate me and I appreciate everything that these friends at the school did to try and help.”
Boykin once commanded the Army’s elite Delta Force and currently is vice president of Family Research Council. He’s also a WND board member.
He was targeted by radical LGBT activists who, through emails, telephone calls and social media, demanded the college part ways with Boykin.
Boykin said the “bottom line is that I oppose these so called ‘#Bathroom’ bills that let men go into women’s locker rooms, showers, and toilets and I have been very public about it.”
“When I said in Orlando that ‘… the first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery,’ the LGBT community once again came after me, claiming that I was calling for violence against #transgender people.”
Boykin said “that is simply not the case and I have never called for violence against anyone.”
He explained he was “referring to perverts who will use these policies to get into locker rooms with girls and women, and I object to that.”
“My statement was meant to be humor and not a call for violence, which everyone in my audience understood as humor,” he said.
“Nonetheless, I gave the LGBT community just what they needed to pressure the college leadership to terminate me and they did.”
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At Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ website, the attackers were dubbed “Toilette Terrorists.”
“Through tweets, emails and phone calls some 150 radical gender fluidity activists bombarded the college mischaracterizing Boykin’s remarks as a call for violence against homosexuals and ‘transgendered’ people and demanding that Gen. Boykin be fired,” a commentary said. “And like Target, Starbucks, and other supporters of Obama’s bathroom edict, Hampton-Sydney College caved in to political correctness and complied with the radicals’ demands – even though they were based on a gross mischaracterization of Boykin’s remarks.
“We use the broader French ‘toilette’ because Obama’s rules aren’t limited to sharing the toilet in the restroom. They extend to any place one might engage in personal hygiene or the process of washing oneself, dressing, and attending to one’s appearance: the shower, the locker room, restroom, etc.”
Boykin asserted that “PC rules” in America are smothering free speech. He said the blunt talk he learned in the Army causes problems in today’s society, “and it has cost me a job.”
“But I have not and will not change my position on men in women’s showers and locker rooms.”
The ConservativeHQ commentary said: “Attempting to intimidate Jerry Boykin is obviously a fool’s errand. With a distinguished career in the military and public service behind him – in addition to commanding the Army’s elite Delta Force he also served as United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence – he long ago proved he is immune to intimidation.”
The article said Americans are the targets of “the far-left’s intimidation tactics.”
“What they want to do is intimidate moms and dads out in Real America; they want you to be afraid to oppose allowing men into the women’s restroom, locker room and shower and to sit down, shut up and accept their remaking of American society and culture because you’re afraid of losing your job,” the commentary said.
“And this battle is not and never has been about those few individuals in our society that have ‘transitioned’ from one sex to another. Courts and society have determined that people have the civil right to control their own bodies and appearance, thus changing one’s sexual appearance is allowed, if not universally embraced or recognized as a choice a mentally healthy person would make,” ConservativeHQ said.
“This battle is about the dangerous predators that will use this mandate to accept gender fluidity to enter any place where a woman has the right to expect privacy and security,” it continued.
“This is not about what happened to Gen. Jerry Boykin at one small college in Virginia. The real issue is stopping the insanity that endangers the women and girls that we care about in our lives and standing up to the attempts to normalize the abnormal through the vicious imposition of political correctness in speech and thought.”
Boykin concluded: “Folks, this is immoral and dangerous to allow predators to enter any place where a woman has the right to expect privacy and security. I hope that all who read this will take a stand to protect our wives, mothers, and daughters/granddaughters. This is not about what happened to me at the college. I am done there and the school will not miss me. It is a good school but it is changing like all colleges. Focus rather on the real issue of stopping the insanity that endangers the women and girls that we care about in our lives.”
He pointed out FRC has a petition offering an opportunity to voice opposition to Obama’s bathroom policy.
If people don’t speak up, he said, “there’s no limit to what President Obama’s administration, or future liberal presidents, will be emboldened to do.”
A number of commentators have described Obama’s campaign for open bathrooms as an “obsession.”
Other prominent leaders have been given a pass by activists and media when they “joke” about killing people.
Obama said during a 2010 speech, “The Jonas Brothers are here. They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you — predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking.”