I'm furious to read this report.
Hampden-Sydney College has caved to radical gender ideologues who demanded the firing of Ret. Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin after his criticism of transgender bathrooms.
Boykin – once commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force and currently executive vice president of Family Research Council – has been teaching at the all-male college located in Virginia.
Radical LGBT activists descended upon the college after Boykin’s comment, “...the first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery.” Through social media, emails and phone calls to the school, the leftwing ideologues demanded Boykin be fired for what they referred to as urging violence against gays and transgendered individuals.
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In a Facebook post Tuesday, Boykin announced his termination:
Because some of you already know and are contacting me about it, 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.. . .
Boykin asserts he has never called for violence against any individual.
“I was referring to perverts who will use these policies to get into locker rooms with girls and women, and I object to that,” he stressed. “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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Boykin said the real goal of the radical LGBT agenda is to intimidate parents who object to their daughters being in bathrooms with boys and men who claim to be girls. He invites Americans to sign a petition to push back against President Obama’s decree that all schools allow boys to use the girls’ bathrooms and vice versa, according to their wishes.
“Push back against these bathroom laws, and stand up if not for a moral reason, but for the safety of the women and young girls who would be put at risk,” he urges.
There's more at the link.
Just in case there's any doubt about my position on this matter, let me re-state it clearly and for the record.
- I have enormous sympathy for people suffering from a genuine chromosomal or genetic issue that causes gender difficulties. However, such people are a tiny minority, measured in tenths or even hundreds of one per cent. Most of those claiming to be transgendered are suffering from psychological or psychiatric aberrations. I'm sorry for them, but I will not indulge or endorse their self-deception by pandering to it.
- I regard the whole transgender bathroom issue as a storm in a teacup. Transgender people have been using bathrooms for one or the other gender for years, and no-one has minded, because they haven't made a fuss about it or tried to use it to make a public statement. Unfortunately, the issue has now been politicized and made into a cause célèbre. I will not permit, and I will not tolerate, any attempt to treat it as such in my presence, or on this blog.
- I endorse Lt-Gen. Boykin's reservations about the current administration's policy on this issue, and agree with him that it's an open invitation to perverts and criminals to take advantage of political correctness to get away with their sick obsession and criminal acts. It will not happen on my watch to any person for whom I am responsible. That's a promise. I can and will do whatever it takes to make sure that no pervert uses any such opportunity to approach them. If this causes distress to LGBT activists - tough shit. Get used to it. That's the way it is, and that's the way it's going to stay.
- I fear that Hampden-Sydney College has chosen to tar itself with the brush of political correctness, rather than stand up for free speech and normal, common human decency. I submit that in the light of their decision, any parent who was considering sending his or her child to that college would now be well advised to look for a better institution - one where they'll get an education rather than an indoctrination.
Thank you, Lt.-Gen. Boykin, for taking a stand. You have my respect, Sir. I didn't serve in the US armed forces - my service was on another continent, in another war - but you can have a salute from me anytime.