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Marquette Launches PR Campaign to Challenge Suspended Conservative Prof

Marquette Launches PR Campaign to Challenge Suspended Conservative Prof

“maintains that McAdams violated Marquette’s “Guiding Values”

This professor has been suspended since 2014 for a blog post they didn’t like. The school is actually devoting space on their website to challenge him.

Campus Reform reports:

Marquette devotes website, ads to disputing conservative prof

Marquette University has launched a public relations blitz as the Wisconsin Supreme Court prepares to hear the case of a conservative professor suspended over a blog post.

Dr. John McAdams has been on paid suspension since December 2014 for a blog post in which he calls out another instructor, Cheryl Abbate, for telling students not to dispute the propriety of gay marriage in class because it would be “homophobic” to express opposition to the idea.

The university maintains that McAdams violated Marquette’s “Guiding Values” because his blog post included contact information that third-parties used to send vitriolic messages to Abbate, and has refused to lift his suspension until he issues a public apology, prompting McAdams to file a lawsuit in May 2016.

According to the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), the law firm representing McAdams, a trial court initially ruled in favor of Marquette, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court subsequently agreed to bypass the Court of Appeals and take on the case itself. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin April 19, and WILL expects a ruling in June or July.

With tensions running high on campus over the matter, Marquette set up a web page this week to provide its version of the “Facts About McAdams Case,” complete with a list of “Myths vs. Facts.”

The page also features a short video in which Marquette President Michael Lovell explains the university’s position, insisting that “when one of our student teachers was made the victim of vicious, horrific, and relentless threats, we took the right and necessary action.”


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