It’s ironic, the act of firing me may be confirming my viewpoint; there is a very dangerous thing happening across this country that is transforming our concept of personal freedom and individual rights. We are beginning to tolerate the idea that it is ok and in fact a reasonable strategy to silence any opposition to one’s beliefs and views rather than to encourage debate. Was I fired because my beliefs and views differ from those of the leadership at UNC? If one believes this to be true, there should be outrage throughout the Carolina community. Certainly not because a wrestling coach was fired; but, because a major University may have taken extreme measures to silence one of it’s own who is a vocal critic on an issue that has nothing to do with that individual’s job. Is the next firing going to be because of one’s religious preference? Or perhaps, the next coach or professor fired at UNC will be because of his or her views on gay rights? If this is ok, where does this end?Mr. Mock writes about his son's case on his blog. See, e.g., here. Earlier this year, Mr. Mock endured a firestorm of criticism for his blunt indictments of the rush-to-judgment mentality that is the new norm on campus for young men accused of rape. And now he is out.
It is well to note that Mr. Mock expresses many of the same criticisms that many prominent law professors have expressed. Mr. Mock's "mistake" is that his writings are not couched in legal niceties, and he doesn't have the authority of being a Harvard or Penn law professor when he bemoans the absence of due process in college sex tribunals. For that reason, he is much easier to attack than, say, a feminist law professor at Harvard who criticizes the same things that Mr. Mock attacks. See here.
It is telling, and not at all surprising, that Mr. Mock was fired but that college professors and administrators are not even reprimanded, much less fired, for openly expressing the view that an accusation of college rape is tantamount to guilt. One college administrator openly questioned why students who are merely accused of sexual assault aren't simply expelled. Far from being fired, her school defended her. Another administrator asserted that when men and women engage in mutually drunken sex, only the male should be held responsible. A professor said this about lawsuits filed by college men alleging violations of their due process rights in connection with sexual assault claims: "These lawsuits are an incredible display of entitlement, the same entitlement that drove them to rape." Oh, and we must not forget the professor who who touted her allegiance to misandry (I'm sure she was just being "funny.")
Mr. Mock doesn't want to be a martyr to a cause, but whether he likes it or not, he is. His blog is replete with information about his son's ordeal--it is devoted to to raising awareness about these issues, and our readers should check it out.