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University Moves to Fire Professor Over Conservative Views

The website of Marquette University proudly proclaims the school to be Catholic and Jesuit. 

A Catholic and Jesuit education at Marquette is marked by the active intersection of the Gospel with culture and the intellect, as well as a deep commitment to the well-being of the whole human family. 

Evidently, they took a wrong turn at the intersection of Gospel and culture. 

In the fall of 2014, junior faculty member Cheryl Abbate told a student, who secretly recorded the exchange, that his defense of man-woman marriage was an unacceptable topic in her ethics class and compared his views to racism. She said, “You can have whatever opinions you want but I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, and sexist comments will not be tolerated.” And then she told the student he should drop the class.

On this very popular blog, Professor McAdams outed the incident and charged the teaching assistant with “using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.”

A firestorm ensued that pitted the academic freedom of McAdams against the leftist pieties of the officially “Catholic” institution.

The teaching assistant is said to have gotten mean emails, though she was hailed as a liberal hero and went on to a tenure track position at another university. McAdams was brought up on charges.

The new pope seems to have a lot of opinions.  One wonders if he is aware of the new journey teaching institutions proclaiming to be Roman Catholic are forcing their students to take?  Looks like the only part of the Roman tradition being faithfully practiced is when they file their tax returns.

It is important to remember these things when we decide how and where to spend our money.  It is, after all, bound by our directives (except that part about death and taxes.)


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8 comments

“A firestorm ensued that pitted the academic freedom of McAdams against the leftist pieties of the officially “Catholic” institution.”

Should read, A firestorm ensued that pitted the academic freedom of McAdams against the leftist pieties of the CINO institution.

[1] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 3-30-2016 at 03:41 PM · [top]

Marquette University.  In the Maoist tradition.

[2] Posted by Christopher Johnson on 3-30-2016 at 09:26 PM · [top]

Unfortunately Marquette is far from the only Catholic university to have these issues. Here is a resource that may be helpful to parents http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/HomePage.aspx.

[4] Posted by via orthodoxy on 3-31-2016 at 12:05 PM · [top]

Ironically, secular law may be on Prof. McAdams side in this case.  This is why strong tenure rules are important.

[5] Posted by John Boyland on 3-31-2016 at 06:52 PM · [top]

I think either of the two previous popes might have cared about this situation.  The current pope: not so much.

[6] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 4-1-2016 at 03:20 PM · [top]

McAdams is going to sue Marquette.

[7] Posted by Katherine on 4-7-2016 at 07:07 AM · [top]

Meanwhile in jolly old England,  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35988115

It would seem the alleged decade gap between the Brits and the USA has at last been obliterated.

[8] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 4-7-2016 at 07:52 PM · [top]

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