Hardly a day goes by without some story about how one college or another perverts freedom of speech into a demonstration of academic fascism.
Today’s example is Marquette University’s aggressive effort to shut up, then humiliate, then fire a Professor for daring to note that students have the right to believe marriage is only between one man and one woman.
Before continuing, let me advise readers who are new to this blog (no need for any regular readers) that I am absolutely, unequivocally, supportive of same sex marriage rights.
But I am also absolutely, unequivocally supportive of people’s rights to disagree with my view. And a college/university campus is about the last place the right to disagree should be stopped dead in its tracks….but, sad to say, the first place you can find it stopped these days, and virtually always in the name of left wing political correctness.
Here is the sequence of events prompting this blog – which I am drawing from Austin Ruse’s article at breitbart.com.
In the fall, 2014 semester, a student attending instructor Cheryl Abbate’s ethics class voiced support for one man/one woman marriage.
Ms. Abbate’s reaction (which was taped):
“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.”
Abbate also told the student he should not come back to the class.
I’ll bet Ms. Abbate thinks of herself as being liberal…which, of course, is laughable.
In any event, this came to the attention of political science professor John McAdams. Professor McAdams, who is not what you’d call a shrinking violet when it comes to voicing his own opinion, noted what had happened, and accused the instructor of “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.”
What has happened since is classic.
Cheryl Abbate has left the school – not under any duress, but to accept a tenure-track position at a Colorado University. Happy ending for her.
As for Professor McAdams? After over a year’s investigation (of WHAT? that he had an OPINION?), it has been announced that he will be suspended, without pay, through fall, 2016…
…and that he will be fired outright unless he apologizes and admit guilts within the next two weeks/
Apologize for WHAT? Admit guilt for WHAT? Expressing an opinion on a college campus?
Here is how the faculty committee wants Professor McAdams’ mia culpa to be written (yes, it is literally orchestrating the words):
“Your acknowledgement that your November 9, 2014, blog post was reckless and incompatible with the mission and values of Marquette University and you express deep regret for the harm suffered by our former graduate student and instructor, Ms. Abbate.”
I don’t know what Professor John McAdams is going to do. But I know that, if it were me and I had the resources to not be deeply damaged by it, I would tell them to go screw themselves…and say so using a less pleasant word than “screw”.
Incidentally, did I mention that Marquette is a Catholic university, and Catholic dogma specifically agrees with McAdams?
If anyone can explain how any of this makes sense – especially how an institute of higher learning can demand a professor must apologize for expressing a point of view 100% in tune with the genesis of the school itself – I’ll be waiting.
I’m not counting on it.