Letter to the Editor: Marquette’s Attempt to Fire Warrior Blogger
I read your post. I’m truly embarrassed to be an alumnus, but then the University has shared they are embarrassed to have me as an alumni before. Well maybe just one member of the administration, but still that’s enough.
Our family has been connected with Marquette for generations and I’m so thankful so many are no longer with us to see the shameful way the university disregards the beacon of ideas that a university is supposed to represent.
I’ve long felt Ms. abate should have been able to defend her decisions. However, her decisions seem to have been based on emotions of what she felt was right or wrong vs. what she knew to be right or wrong. Emotional decisions are often difficult to defend when academic logic is applied.
It is tragic that the University has chosen to place itself in the position of defending the fragile emotional arguments of a student / faculty rather than using these moments to deepen the roots of academic debate and thought. What a joy it would have been in this situation had taken a different turn and you and Ms. Abate or another faculty member that shared her views could have engaged in an academic discussion on the topic of Catholic views and doctrine in the modern academic world.
A discussion such as that would have been worthy of a symposium that Marquette could have been proud to host.
Instead the university looks like Queen Mary I of England; with blood on their hands desperate to quickly silence any opposition, or thoughts of opposition. Mary burned heretics at the stake in the public square thinking it would rally the people around the justice of her cause. It has the opposite effect, she was viewed as a tyrant murdering innocent people for the crime of thought. Like you drawing a parallel in your blog to the inquisition, I can’t help but see this parallel and think the current administration’s end will come much the same as Mary’s: alone, bankrupt, and without allies even in Holy Mother Church. I very much hope you do not end up playing the role of Archbishop Cranmer who Mary burned for refusing to recant the sin of thought.
Feel free to post this, but please do not use my name or email - I fear the inquisition...they can damage me personally and financially and have tried before.