In the fall of 2014, junior faculty member Cheryl Abbate told a student, who secretly recorded the exchange, that his defense of man-woman marriage was an unacceptable topic in her ethics class and compared his views to racism. She said, “You can have whatever opinions you want but I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, and sexist comments will not be tolerated.” And then she told the student he should drop the class.
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“Abbate, of course, was just using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they 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,” McAdams’ post continued.
Over the weekend, McAdams posted excerpts from a letter he received from Marquette University officials detailing the penalty facing him for for his 2014 post.
“I have decided to accept your fellow faculty members’ recommendation to suspend you without pay. Your suspension without pay will begin April 1 and continue through the fall semester,” the letter, signed by University President Michael R. Lovell, read. “In addition, your return to the faculty on Jan. 17, 2017, for the spring semester is conditioned upon you delivering a written statement to the president’s office by April 4, the details of which are contained later in this letter.”
In his blog post over the weekend, McAdams said Lovell's demands were "reminiscent of the Inquisition, in which victims who 'confessed' they had been consorting with Satan and spreading heresy would be spared execution."
In addition to admitting wrongdoing, McAdams said, the Marquette administration is asking him to affirm and commit "that your future actions and behavior will adhere to the standards of higher education as defined in the Marquette University Faculty Handbook, Mission Statement and Guiding Values" if he wants to return to the faculty.
"The addition of a demand that we abase ourself and issue an apology and sign a loyalty oath to vaguely defined 'guiding values' and to the university's 'mission' is obviously a ploy by Marquette to give the administration an excuse to fire us," McAdams wrote in his blog post.
"They have calculated, correctly, that we will do no such thing."
McAdams said in a recent radio interview that he’ll apologize, “When hell freezes over.”