|Lt. General Jerry Boykin|
[Boykin] said he was fired without warning and without being afforded the opportunity to defend himself. A representative for the college told Fox that his contract was “simply not renewed” and denied that the comments about transgender bathrooms were the “determining factor” in his firing. The representative did, however, expressed concern that the statement “appeared to advocate or approve of violence.”The only national figure to weigh in on the case was Senator Ted Cruz. From people currently getting tons of media attention like Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin (who, to be fair, isn't speaking out all that much right now), and, of course, Donald Trump--crickets.
Boykin received an outpouring of support, including from Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a one-time presidential candidate.
“Hampden-Sydney College has fired General Boykin. At a time where young people are desperately seeking hope and inspiration, you would think General Boykin (who had taught there nine years) would be one of their most valued faculty. But instead, he fell victim to the PC police,” Cruz wrote in a Facebook post.
|Senator Ted Cruz|
1. "our universities are losing their souls. College should be about learning, and that requires a diversity of views"
2. "free speech matters. If you disagree with someone, disagree with them. Don't silence or punish them. Censorship is the refuge of the weak-minded (those who cannot defend their views) or the tyrannical (those who simply want to force submission and compliance)."
3. "young people need heroes like General Boykin. Ironically, Hampden-Sydney's motto is Huc venite iuvenes ut exeatis viri, which translates to: Come here as boys so you may leave as men. This storied institution, founded the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, has decided that warriors and heroes are no longer welcome on its faculty."
Hampden-Sydney College changed its stance and rehired Boykin. General Boykin thanked Cruz for his support.
It seems the tone of this presidential race is sucking all the air out of the room as regards morals and principles. Ted Cruz was the only conservative and major Republican political figure to mount a campaign supporting General Boykin's First Amendment rights.
Too bad most Republican voters and leaders aren't that turned on by the Constitution.