Marquette University Suspends Professor Who Objected after Student was Forbidden from Opposing Gay Marriage
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Feb 11
A Marquette University professor has been suspended from his teaching position after writing a blog that criticized another professor who prohibited a student from expressing views supporting traditional marriage.
Christian Today reports that John McAdams, a professor of 37 years, received a letter of suspension from Dean Richard Holtz that said he will be banned from campus and suspended with pay until the establishment concludes an investigation.
McAdams reportedly wrote about fellow professor Cheryl Abbate who told her class that any speech against gay marriage would be deemed offensive. The professor also told a male student who disagreed with her stance on gay marriage that he could drop the class.
In his blog, McAdams wrote, "Abbate, of course, was just 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."
Marquette University released a statement saying that McAdams’ blog was a “personal attack” against another professor.
"As stated in our harassment policy, the university will not tolerate personal attacks or harassment of or by students, faculty and staff,” the statement read. “To be clear, we will take action to address those concerns. We deplore hatred and abuse directed at a member of our community in any format."
Marquette University is a “Catholic and Jesuit university” in Milwaukee, according to the establishment’s website.
Publication date: February 11, 2015