Monday, December 22, 2014

Marquette Bans Conservative Prof, Like a Terrorist

The Catholic Jesuit Marquette University has suspended (with pay) 37-year Professor John McAdams and banned him from the campus "like a potential terrorist," he says, because he blogged criticism of pro-homosexual philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate for her censoring a student who criticized the notion of homosexual "marriage."
“[E]veryone agrees on” gay marriage, “there is no need to discuss it” — gay students might be offended by such “homophobic comments or racist comments.”
-- Cheryl Abbate, instructor of “Theory of Ethics”
For background, read Notre Dame Rejects Students for Natural Marriage as well as Florida University Professor Says Priests are Full of Crap

Also read myriad examples of censorship of Christian speech on college campuses.

-- From "Marquette expands on John McAdams controversy" by Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 12/18/14

McAdams, who teaches political science, was notified by email Tuesday that he was relieved of his duties until further notice and was not to come to campus without advance written permission from his dean.

The controversy apparently began with a post McAdams wrote in his Marquette Warrior blog Nov. 9 in which he criticized a graduate student teaching assistant for not allowing discussion of gay marriage in an ethics class.

A student challenged her decision after class and recorded the conversation. The student told teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate that it was his right as an American citizen to make arguments against gay marriage, and she replied: "You don't have a right in this class to make homophobic comments."

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From "Marquette University tells employees: 'Opposition to same-sex marriage' could be 'unlawful harassment'" by Eugene Volokh, Washington Post 12/17/14

Unfortunately, given that Wisconsin law bans sexual orientation discrimination, and that discrimination laws have been read as banning “hostile environment harassment” — including political and social commentary that offends people based on race, religion, sex and (in those states that cover this) sexual orientation discrimination — there is indeed a risk that such speech by co-workers would be found to be unlawful. . . .

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From "Marquette University Suspends Tenured Professor After He Criticized Instructor Who Prohibited Student From Discussing Gay Marriage Opposition" by Samuel Smith, Christian Post Reporter 12/19/14

Associate Professor John McAdams' suspension with pay comes as Marquette University has begun requiring its faculty to attend anti-harassment training, where they are instructed to report any employee that speaks out in opposition to gay marriage.

"Although employees have free speech rights under the United States Constitution, in academic and other workplaces those rights are limited when they infringe upon another person's right to work in an environment free of unlawful harassment," the school's anti-harassment training video, produced by the Texas-based Workplace Answers, asserts.

"Abbate, of course, was just using a tactic typical among liberals now," McAdams wrote. "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."

Additionally in his blog post, McAdams criticized the school and deemed it "not a Catholic university" for not permitting discussion and debate on gay marriage in class.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Marquette Philosophy Instructor: 'Gay Rights' Can’t Be Discussed in Class Since Any Disagreement Would Offend Gay Students" by John McAdams, Marquette Warrior 11/9/14

Abbate explained that “some opinions are not appropriate, such as racist opinions, sexist opinions” and then went on to ask “do you know if anyone in your class is homosexual?” And further “don’t you think it would be offensive to them” if some student raised his hand and challenged gay marriage? The point being, apparently that any gay classmates should not be subjected to hearing any disagreement with their presumed policy views.

Then things deteriorated further as the student said that it was his right as an American citizen to make arguments against gay marriage. Abbate replied that “you don’t have a right in this class to make homophobic comments.”

She went on “In this class, homophobic comments, racist comments, will not be tolerated.” She then invited the student to drop the class.

. . . in the politically correct world of academia, one is supposed to assume that all victim groups think the same way as leftist professors.

Groups not favored by leftist professors, of course, can be freely attacked, and their views (or supposed views) ridiculed. Christians and Muslims are not allowed to be “offended” by pro-gay comments.

To read the entire blog post above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Gay Agenda will be Complete when Christians are Muzzled, Say Homosexualists as well as Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty