ON-Lion Letter
In May, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee, Marquette University professor John McAdams filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Marquette for illegally suspending McAdams in 2014 and then terminating his tenure and firing him from Marquette.

Marquette guarantees its tenured faculty academic freedoms, including the right to free speech.  That right was violated when Marquette suspended McAdams for blogging about an incident between an undergraduate student and a graduate instructor where the instructor told the student that any discussion on gay marriage in an ethics course would be considered homophobic and inappropriate.

In February, Marquette president Michael Lovell announced that he would follow the recommendation of Marquette's Faculty Hearing Committee and suspend McAdams without pay through January 2017, yet adding the requirement that McAdams apologize in order to be reinstated.  McAdams will not apologize because he has done nothing wrong.

He has repeatedly denounced the negative remarks towards the instructor that have been made on social media and elsewhere, but he did nothing other than accurately blog about what the instructor said and how Marquette failed to react.

"For blogging and defending an undergraduate student, Professor McAdams is being suspended.  But it is worse than that," according to WILL president and general counsel Rick Esenberg.  "He is being told that he will be fired unless, in the manner of a Soviet show trial, he confesses guilt and admits that his conduct was 'reckless.'"

"Professor McAdams will not do that," Esenberg continued.  "He wrote an accurate blog post about an issue -- the treatment of certain points of view as offensive or beyond the pale.  The issue is one of great public interest.  The university has said that it welcomes debate and self-criticism.  That is precisely what Professor McAdams was engaged in."

According to McAdams, "I have spent nearly my entire career at Marquette University.  I am proud to be part of the Marquette community and I have used my voice to both defend and criticize the university to ensure it holds to its Catholic traditions.

"I think the most overlooked aspect of this matter is that no one in the Marquette Administration has taken seriously the complaint of the undergraduate student who was silenced by the Instructor," he went on.  "I'm saddened that Marquette's treatment of the undergraduate student at the center of this controversy failed to adhere to its guiding principle of Cura Personalis."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WILL.
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