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The 11th Commandment at Marquette

Marquette University in Milwaukee is a Catholic institution and apparently a new Commandment must be observed by faculty members: Thou shalt not criticize leftist professors.

As we read in this Daily Caller story, political science professor John McAdams has been suspended from teaching and barred from campus. Did he shoot people on campus? Was he spreading Ebola? No — he had the nerve to write a blog post critical of another faculty member, Cheryl Abbate. In her philosophy class, Professor Abbate told a student that there would be no discussion of gay rights and marriage because, she explained, “you don’t have a right in this class to make homophobic comments.” She recommended that the student drop the class; he did.

McAdams thought this was unscholarly and wrote, “Abbate was just using a tactic typical among liberals now….opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, but are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.”

What an offensive thing to write! McAdams should have known that he was creating a hostile environment on campus. He has tenure, but tenure can’t shield you from the consequences of truly heinous acts.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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