Milwaukee’s Marquette University has extended their suspension of political science professor John McAdams through the fall 2016 semester, demanding that he issue a formal apology to both the university and an undergraduate instructor if he ever wants to teach another class on campus. McAdams’ crime? He dared to stand up for a student’s right to oppose gay marriage.
In November 2014, Cheryl Abbate, the undergrad instructor in question, shut down one of her students when he began to defend traditional marriage. “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,” she said before advising the student to drop her ethics class.
Professor McAdams took to his blog with sharp criticism of Abbate. Accusing her for using typical leftists tactics, 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.”
Now how could the university suspend him for making such an accurate and obvious observation? Well, they did. Of course they did. There’s no room for conservative thought in today’s liberal colleges. It’s amazing that McAdams was able to get a job in the first place with views so antithetical to academic liberalism.
Marquette is a Catholic university???
And that’s where this story goes from being your average example of liberal intolerance to a very sad commentary on what this country has become. McAdams claims that Marquette’s “Catholic” moniker is little more than a marketing gimmick, but a little dip into history might help explain why they took the stance here that they did.
Six years ago, Marquette rescinded a job offer to Jodi O’Brien when they delved into her publication history and found “works on lesbian sex and same-sex marriage.” The staff already knew that O’Brien was a lesbian, but they drew the line at scholarly writings that defended gay marriage. For their caution, they were rewarded with protests from both faculty and students.
Now, Marquette officials have undoubtedly been watching what’s going on at Mizzou and Yale and all of these other colleges where the inmates are running the asylum. And they’ve learned from the backlash of their O’Brien decision. Unfortunately for the cause, conservatives don’t go out and protest except in extreme cases.
McAdams obviously has more knowledge of how Marquette operates than any outside observer, so maybe it really is just a secular college in Christian clothing. Fine. That’s still no excuse for banning criticism of gay marriage, an institution that has been nationally legal for what? 9 months? And this incident happened before the Supreme Court decision, anyway.
But if Marquette is a university that adheres to Catholic doctrine in any way, it’s very disturbing that they are afraid to take a stance against gay marriage – a stance that has not changed for the church itself.
Then again, how long is that going to last?