Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Marquette U. Steps Off the Deep End

Well, well.

John McAdams, a Marquette University associate professor, says he is being "treated like a potential terrorist" after being suspended with pay and banned from campus while the university investigates his conduct, presumably because he publicly criticized a teaching assistant for not allowing discussion of gay marriage in an ethics class.  TMJ-S

We've followed that controversy at McAdams' blog.  While the TA was correct to hold that Marquette--as a private institution--can 'ban' certain discussions, the TA--and Marquette officials--have carefully avoided mentioning that Marquette holds itself out as "...a Catholic institution."

The Catholic Church holds, de fide, that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Period.  No exceptions.  This is not only a moral position, it is also a position derived from nature itself.  So in effect, Marquette, while claiming a "Catholic" imprimatur, suppresses discussion of a matter which demands a Catholic clarification.

MU's presser basically says that there are "hurt feelings" abounding; those of the TA and (potentially) those of students who could be "hurt" by a frank declaration of Catholic teaching on the subject.

Egads.  Such precious little flowers!  Our Little Snowflakes might melt!  Run away!  Run!! Run!!

Anyhow, MU also advised McAdams that he could not step foot onto the "Catholic" campus without prior permission and, implicitly, without an escort (armed??).  Very curious, indeed.

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