Tuesday, May 3, 2016

JS: Suspended professor John McAdams sues Marquette University

Fr. Wild and Michael Lovell
Marquette University associate professor John McAdams and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit Monday against Marquette over the professor's suspension stemming from his public criticism of a teaching assistant.

According to a news release, the lawsuit against Marquette is for "illegally suspending" McAdams and "making the decision to terminate his tenure and fire him from Marquette."

The lawsuit, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, accuses Marquette of breach of contract.

"We welcome this issue being addressed in court, where the public will hear a comprehensive account of Dr. McAdams' mistreatment of our former graduate student, rather than the select details he has handpicked to promote his false narrative," Marquette said in a statement. "Once all the facts are made clear, Marquette fully expects that the decision to suspend him will be upheld."
When asked if there was a dollar figure for which he[McAdams] would walk away, he said "no."
continue at JS

I've read lots of what Marquette has published on its website, and it's suitable for PR, but I just don't see any way something that fluffy can stand in court.  His supposed crime is "publicly shaming," which is apparently how they describe McAdams blogging that a grad student was "using a tactic typical among liberals."  It hardly seems like a shaming.

Related: Letter to Lovell: Gay Marriage Can Be Discussed where McAdams succinctly puts it:
In fact, it is perfectly plausible that a large state university might be more open to a discussion of diverse ideas about sexuality than the nominally Catholic Marquette, just as places like the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M have more vital Catholic ministries than does Marquette.

There is a particular type of parochialism that afflicts the secularized “Catholic” institutions, but it it not Catholic parochialism. It’s the parochialism that believes it has right to enforce an orthodoxy by authoritarian top-down means. But it’s not a Catholic orthodoxy being enforced, but rather secular political correctness.
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  1. I hope he prevails!

  2. Hell hath no fury like a homosexual scorned.

    I truly hope Marquette loses the case although in this perverted legal and cultural climate I have doubts.


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