Marquette University Professor Suspended After Blasting TA In Blog Post

Professor of political science, John McAdams, has been suspended from Marquette University, a Catholic college in Milwaukee, after he publicly criticized a teaching assistant on his blog.

McAdams went on the attack after he heard of an incident in a philosophy class taught by assistant instructor, Cheryl Abbate. The teaching assistant, reportedly told a student that “homophobic comments” were not permitted in her class and if he did not like it he could drop the class. Her response was prompted by the student’s vocal comments against gay rights and gay marriage. The student also intends to drop the classes as Abbate suggested.

These comments sent McAdams off, as he demonstrated in his blog post on November 9th. He said of Abbate’s comments, “Opinions with which (liberals) 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.”

Abbate told her class that her reasoning behind disallowing such comments was out of consideration for any students present that may be gay and take offense. She also stated that sexist or racist comments would not be tolerated either for the same reasons.

The suspension of McAdams also comes with being barred from campus until an investigation into his actions in completed. The notice sent to him from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, notified McAdams a pending review of his conduct and as well as his campus restrictions. It also included copies of the university’s harassment policy, guiding values statement, mission statement and the faculty rights and responsibilities.

After learning of his suspension, McAdams took to his blog again to express his feelings about the issue. He said, “Marquette…has again shown itself to be timid, overly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment to either its Catholic mission or free expression.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *