A conservative former professor from Marquette University is looking to a higher court to protect his right to be politically incorrect.
After another philosophy teacher stated in class that she supported unnatural marriage and told a student who opposed it that there would be no discussion about it, Dr. John McAdams blogged on the subject, which he referred to as “political correctness: shutting down a student with a faith-based view.”
“That was important news because that's the kind of thing that happens a lot in academia these days, and the fact that it was happening with regard to gay marriage at a so-called Catholic institution was, well, ironic to say the least – if not out-and-out shocking,” McAdams explained.
The scholar filed a lawsuit and is disappointed with the outcome. The judge claimed that there were other expectations of faculty that he had violated, as noted by McAdams.
“Now what expectations were those? … Well, they're not any that were written down anywhere – and nothing that I had violated,” the conservative professor assured. “I didn't violate anything where there was any sort of clear precedent that faculty aren't allowed to do that. Those so-called expectations were sort of concocted after the fact as an excuse to try to fire me.”
McAdams was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the lawsuit – and it is not over yet. Dr. McAdams, who taught political science at Marquette, is taking the case to an appeals court, and perhaps to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where he is confident of prevailing. He is represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.
This was not the first time McAdams ran into trouble for his conservative views at Marquette, according to The Atlantic. In March, 2008, McAdams published the name of a student who worked for the Marquette Tribune advertising department because she refused to run an ad that highlighted the risks of taking the “morning after pill.” After the student contacted and complained about the mention of her name to McAdams, he removed her name.
Three years later in 2011, he published blog posts about a student who assisted in the organizing of an on-campus performance of The Vagina Monologues – a performance which is considered extremely offensive by many for it coarse sexuality. When brought to his attention, McAdams recognized that publishing the names of students on the Internet could be a matter of concern.