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Conservative Professor Fights For 1st Amendment

The ruling handed down on Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court against Marquette University is a victory for free speech.

Conservative Professor John McAdams ran afoul of the university after he posted a critical critique regarding a teacher’s refusal in allowing open and frank discussions within her philosophy class, regarding gay marriage.

The dust-up began when a student within Cheryl Abbate’s class approached Abbate regarding the subject of gay marriage (which the student is opposed to) and suggested that she should provide a forum for a candid conversation concerning the sensitive issue.

Abbate’s response to the student’s suggestion was immediate, banning him from any such discussions within her class and letting him know she was extremely opposed to his views regarding gay marriage.

According to “The Atlantic”, she told the student: “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.”

She then told the student he was free to drop the class if he didn’t like what she said.

McAdams, after hearing about the incident and the subsequent response from the teacher, decided to post a response on his personal website in favor of free speech and open dialog.

The post apparently didn’t go over well with the Catholic university and within a matter of days, Professor McAdams was suspended from the school without tenure.

In a statement released by the university, the school maintains that McAdams violated his contract and the student teacher’s privacy by releasing her name and contact information.

The university also maintains that the publicity garnered from McAdams post made Abbate a target for hateful responders.

McAdams sued the university in 2016, arguing that he lost his job for exercising his freedom of speech. The university countered claiming that Professor McAdams wasn’t fired because of the content within his post, but because he publicly revealed the student teacher’s name, her personal website and other personal information that revealed who she was.

A lower court had originally ruled in favor of the university. However, upon appeal, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of the conservative professor citing that the private university breached its written contract with Professor McAdams which “guaranteed academic freedom,” and thus should be immediately reinstated.

Ralph Weber, the attorney for the university had argued. “Had he written the exact same blog post and not included the teacher’s name and contact information he would not have been disciplined,”

Weber continued, “He’s being disciplined for his conduct, not any viewpoint.”

However McAdams’ attorney, Rick Esenberg, said that Weber’s argument was “fundamentally dishonest” and that all McAdams did was link to publicly available information, concerning Abbate.

Esenberg pointed out that Professor McAdams published his post on his personal website, “Marquette Warrior,” moreover arguing within the lawsuit that McAdams has used his website for more than a decade condemning political correctness and the silencing of ideas that might be hurtful to protected classes.

After the verdict the defense at Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty issued a joint statement; “Today the Supreme Court of Wisconsin delivered a clear, decisive victory for our client, Dr. John McAdams, a conservative political science professor who was indefinitely suspended by Marquette University for blogging on a controversial topic. The victory ends a nearly four-year fight between the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Marquette University to have McAdams reinstated.”

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I began my career as a New York graphic designer, years later as an Art Director working with some of the leading advertising agencies and studios of the day, transitioned into owning my own graphic design service, providing a host of creative services, most recently as a working cartoonist for a verity of clients, my most recent illustrative assignment was a 33-page children’s book titled “Nicholas’s Amazing Journey.” I’m a published author, with my first novel titled “Journey” published in 2003, and my second a short story titled “Mr. Tidbit’s Dilemma”, published in 2014, by American Star Books, and I’m currently working on my third novel, a murder-mystery titled “Possession,” which hopefully should be completed early next year. I’m also an unabashed conservative and political junkie writing well over 4,000 published articles and political commentary, on a host of national issues and current event topics facing America. I received the 2007 Editors Choice Award, for Outstanding Achievement in poetry, presented by Poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry, and I am a proud member of the National Writers Association.

4 comments

  1. I guess professors have academic freedom but students don’t. Many liberals have become very close minded.

  2. Maxine Waters “HOW LOW CAN YOU GO”
    The Left is running out of using more divisive means to attack the Right “The Conservative” that they have to resort to VIOLANCE!! The Left has stooped down to the Mire! Just listen to the Democratic speeches! They OPPOSE the nomination of a judge Even Before the person is nominated! Face the Facts you Liberals; NO MATTER WHAT TRUMP DOES YOU OPPOSE – EVEN IF IT IS FOR THE BETTER OF THE COUNTRY – THAT IS HOW LOW THE LIBERALS HAVE GONE!! YOU HATE THE UNITED STATES!!

  3. YES!!!!!!! Justice is served. Good for this professor who fought for his rights. Screw the Catholic University and their BS. BTW…….I am a lesbian, a feminist……..and will fight to the death for your right to say whatever you wish to say about gay rights. This is supposed to be a country that guarantees FREE SPEECH.

    • Philip Kershner

      I hope you see this, M, even though I’m a couple days late, because you are the modern day equivalent of the great Voltaire. Kudos to you.

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