Conservative Prof Returning to Marquette After Legal Victory
“I don’t apologize for telling the truth”
This battle has been going on for four years. Congrats to John McAdams for his return to work.
The College Fix reports:
Conservative professor fired for blog post will return to classroom after legal victory
It’s been a long time coming, but Marquette University professor John McAdams is returning to the classroom after an extended legal battle.
The nominally Catholic university suspended him indefinitely without pay in 2014 for writing a blog post that criticized a fellow instructor by name.
The instructor had told her philosophy class that “everyone agrees on” gay marriage, and when a student challenged her after class, she told him he was not allowed to express his disagreement in class.
The embattled McAdams is currently on sabbatical working on a book manuscript, and will return to teaching in the spring semester.
“I don’t apologize for telling the truth,” McAdams told Fox6Now. “I hope they take the fact that you can speak out and you can tell the truth even if university bureaucrats don’t like it if you are willing to stick to your guns,” he continued, before confirming that he will continue to blog.
In July, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling that sided with Marquette in its battle against McAdams’s academic freedom. The decision declared that the Faculty Hearing Committee working on McAdams’ case was “infected” with “unacceptable bias.”
The decision also blasted the university’s definition of academic freedom as a “subjective, post-hoc analysis of what the institution might find unacceptable after watching how events unfolded,” arguing that the definition would “likely chill extramural comments to the point of extinction.”
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