Friday, April 15, 2016

Tenure Would Protect Some Ideas

A Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal, responding to their editorial about Marquette’s attempt to fire this blogger:
Doesn’t Professorial Tenure Exist for Things Like This?

Tenured Marquette Professor John McAdams punished for blogging, free speech, repression of the non-politically correct

April 14, 2016 1:54 p.m. ET

Marquette University Prof. John McAdams apparently doesn’t understand that academic freedom applies only to correct thought and speech (“Punished for Blogging at Marquette,” Review & Outlook, April 8). He would have been wiser to advocate for something like paying reparations to ISIS for the Crusades. It is discouraging to realize that families and students are impoverishing themselves for an education at Marquette, an institution run by people who seem not to think.

Brian R. Merrick

West Barnstable, Mass.

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Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Wow, it's a great letter. The Protestant tradition since Luther guaranteed the freedom of inquiry, and America was built on that. Could it be that there remain outposts of intolerance in our midst - could it be that our very universities are becoming a new Gulag Archipelago across the country - with the worst centers of oppression being the Catholic universities?

11:46 AM  
Blogger Golden Eagles said...

Truth is tenure was never meant as a tool to bully students half your age McAdams. Since when do universities protect professors who attack students in blogs? Go ahead - double down John. Your behavior is not IHS.

5:07 PM  

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