Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Je Suis John McAdams

The second semester is underway at Marquette University.

Associate Professor John McAdams isn't being allowed to teach his classes, because of a blog post. The extreme punitive measures against McAdams have resulted in students being forced to scramble to fill the holes in their schedules.

From FOX6 News:

Marquette University’s second semester has begun, but associate professor of political science John McAdams isn’t on campus. All of his classes have been cancelled, and the tenured associate professor remains on paid suspension as what university officials are calling an “in-depth review” of McAdams’ actions continues. This, after McAdams wrote about an incident occurring in another class on his blog back in November.

“What`s going on is I`m exiled from Marquette — not allowed on campus and I`m here at home working on my own projects and getting paid,” McAdams said.

...Even after all that has happened, McAdams says he doesn’t regret writing the blog post that started it all. He says he sympathizes with the 50 students who had to change their course schedules for the second semester at the last minute.

This is absolutely unacceptable. It is outrageous.

For the first time in years, actually the first time ever, we withheld our annual donation to Marquette.

We even donated during the Marquette Warrior name change ridiculousness.

In spite of dramatic disagreements at times, we've stood by the university and annually offered our support. However, the circumstances of the exile of John McAdams pushed us over the edge.

Students, alumni, and other university supporters should stand in solidarity with McAdams. They should demand that the university uphold academic freedom. They should insist that the university permit the teaching of the Catholic Church to be discussed in its classrooms. They should rally in defense of John McAdams.

Marquette University President Michael Lovell should not be putting the Leftist agenda ahead of the pursuit of learning, something that requires the free exchange of ideas.

Lovell is turning out to be a profound disappointment.

We have decided not to tolerate the university's intolerance of Church teaching.

We will not tolerate the university's apparent policy of shackling students intellectually. Setting up politically correct barriers to oppress them is no way to enrich their minds.

I strongly urge other Marquette donors to withhold their support from the university.

I strongly urge the Marquette community to stand with John McAdams, because it's clearly the right thing to do.

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