Army general fired for anti-LGBT quip has been rehired

General William Boykin, former Delta Force commander, has been rehired by the small college where he has lectured since 2007 and where he was fired for making a small joke at the expense of so-called “transgender” people, or those who consider themselves members of the opposite sex.

“The first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery,” Boykin said at a conference in March.  The crowd erupted in laughter at the quip, but the LGBT community found nothing humorous about it.  The activists claimed that the general was threatening men who think they’re women and demanded he be fired.

The college obliged, issuing a ridiculous statement that the academic chair the general was hired to fill was a “rotating” position, and the administration thought it was time for a new teacher.  This, despite the fact that the general had served in his position since 2007.

Daily Caller:

Boykin, who also works as executive vice president of the Family Research Council, said LGBT activists targeted him for his Christian beliefs and pressured Hampden-Sydney into firing him.

But after rallying his own supporters online, Boykin was apparently able to win his job back.

“I am pleased to announce that I have been rehired as the Wheat Professor at Hampden-Sydney College,” Boykin said in a Facebook post. “I look forward to returning to Hampden-Sydney in the fall to continue my work equipping the next generation of young men to lead this nation. Hampden-Sydney College is a fine school with a proud history of young men who have led our country, and I am honored to be a part of shaping the next generation of leaders.

The about-face is interesting, since Hampden-Sydney, a small all-male liberal arts college in Virginia, originally claimed that Boykin had not been fired at all. Instead, in a statement, the school said that Boykin’s professorship was a rotating one and they had simply decided to give the job to a new person.

In a follow-up statement released Friday, Hampden-Sydney mostly stuck with that story, saying it would bring back Boykin for one additional year before making the Wheat Professorship a rotating one.

“After discussions with Hampden-Sydney College, Gen. Jerry Boykin has accepted another year’s contract to teach in the College’s Military Leadership and National Security minor as Wheat Professor. Boykin stated, he ‘loves the college and its students and would be honored to teach for another year,'” the statement says. “Interim President Dennis Stevens said he was pleased that General Boykin will be with Hampden-Sydney for one more year.”

In his statement, Boykin praised Hampden-Sydney administrators for showing “courage” by being willing to reverse their initial decision.

Was Boykin's joke really a threat?  If I were to write about Hillary Clinton, “String her up from the yardarm,” there would probably be a few politically motivated protests, but all sane people would recognize that it wasn’t serious.

That’s the problem with many LGBT activists.  They don't care about sanity or reality.  If they can possibly twist the meaning of any statement made by a political opponent to claim hate speech, they will.  And terrified college administrators, even though they know the game that is being played, will go along with the bullies because they are so besotted with ideology that to stand up to them would constitute a betrayal of everything they believe.

Thankfully, in this case, reason prevailed, although the lies told by the administration about why they had a change of heart should be challenged.  Until it becomes clear that the leadership in our colleges wish to stand up for fairness and freedom of speech, the activists will continue to win and destroy lives.

General William Boykin, former Delta Force commander, has been rehired by the small college where he has lectured since 2007 and where he was fired for making a small joke at the expense of so-called “transgender” people, or those who consider themselves members of the opposite sex.

“The first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery,” Boykin said at a conference in March.  The crowd erupted in laughter at the quip, but the LGBT community found nothing humorous about it.  The activists claimed that the general was threatening men who think they’re women and demanded he be fired.

The college obliged, issuing a ridiculous statement that the academic chair the general was hired to fill was a “rotating” position, and the administration thought it was time for a new teacher.  This, despite the fact that the general had served in his position since 2007.

Daily Caller:

Boykin, who also works as executive vice president of the Family Research Council, said LGBT activists targeted him for his Christian beliefs and pressured Hampden-Sydney into firing him.

But after rallying his own supporters online, Boykin was apparently able to win his job back.

“I am pleased to announce that I have been rehired as the Wheat Professor at Hampden-Sydney College,” Boykin said in a Facebook post. “I look forward to returning to Hampden-Sydney in the fall to continue my work equipping the next generation of young men to lead this nation. Hampden-Sydney College is a fine school with a proud history of young men who have led our country, and I am honored to be a part of shaping the next generation of leaders.

The about-face is interesting, since Hampden-Sydney, a small all-male liberal arts college in Virginia, originally claimed that Boykin had not been fired at all. Instead, in a statement, the school said that Boykin’s professorship was a rotating one and they had simply decided to give the job to a new person.

In a follow-up statement released Friday, Hampden-Sydney mostly stuck with that story, saying it would bring back Boykin for one additional year before making the Wheat Professorship a rotating one.

“After discussions with Hampden-Sydney College, Gen. Jerry Boykin has accepted another year’s contract to teach in the College’s Military Leadership and National Security minor as Wheat Professor. Boykin stated, he ‘loves the college and its students and would be honored to teach for another year,'” the statement says. “Interim President Dennis Stevens said he was pleased that General Boykin will be with Hampden-Sydney for one more year.”

In his statement, Boykin praised Hampden-Sydney administrators for showing “courage” by being willing to reverse their initial decision.

Was Boykin's joke really a threat?  If I were to write about Hillary Clinton, “String her up from the yardarm,” there would probably be a few politically motivated protests, but all sane people would recognize that it wasn’t serious.

That’s the problem with many LGBT activists.  They don't care about sanity or reality.  If they can possibly twist the meaning of any statement made by a political opponent to claim hate speech, they will.  And terrified college administrators, even though they know the game that is being played, will go along with the bullies because they are so besotted with ideology that to stand up to them would constitute a betrayal of everything they believe.

Thankfully, in this case, reason prevailed, although the lies told by the administration about why they had a change of heart should be challenged.  Until it becomes clear that the leadership in our colleges wish to stand up for fairness and freedom of speech, the activists will continue to win and destroy lives.