Prof defies Catholic university’s order to apologize

By WND Staff

Marquette University has started the administrative process necessary to suspend and fire Professor John McAdams for his defense of marriage in a 2014 blog post
Marquette University has started the administrative process necessary to suspend and fire Professor John McAdams for his defense of marriage in a 2014 blog post

Professor John McAdams of Marquette University is responding defiantly to the nominally Catholic university’s threat to fire him if he does not make an apology for saying students have the right to defend traditional marriage.

In an interview with Stephen Bannon on Sirius XM, McAdams had observed he didn’t even really defend traditional marriage itself, just the right of others to do so without being “bullied and demeaned.”

McAdams said he has been suspended without pay for the rest of the year and can only return in January if he is willing to “abase myself” and apologize.

That, the professor says, is not going to happen.

“I’m not going to sign any ‘loyalty oath’ to Marquette’s mission – since I’m, in fact, probably a stronger proponent of Marquette’s claimed mission than the people running the university,” he told Bannon. “But I’m against loyalty oaths.”

He observed liberals once opposed loyalty oaths designed to weed out communists. Now, however, liberals have become the people who demand loyalty oaths in order to eliminate ideological dissidents.

Carl Gallups, pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, and author of “Be Thou Prepared: Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble,” said the case is simply another example in a pattern of anti-Christian persecution.

“We predicted the Supreme Court ‘gay marriage’ ruling would increase the targeting of Christians who insisted on holding to the traditional and biblical model of marriage,” Gallups told WND. “Unfortunately, we are constantly being confirmed as correct. Here is just one more, but blatant, example of what we saw coming. And unless the godless and rebellious ‘gay marriage’ course is reversed, the targeting will only grow more intense.”

Gallups argues the persecution of Christians isn’t some inadvertent side effect of the campaign for same-sex marriage, but was the objective all along for homosexual rights campaigners.

“This kind of targeting and marginalizing of the ‘intolerant’ was the plan of the radical gay agenda all along. The issue of so-called gay marriage was never only about ‘being with the one you love.’ No, the agenda of the radical gays was ultimately to use the ruling as a judicial weapon against what most of the radicals hate most – the Word of God and the people of God. These two things have long thwarted the efforts of the godless, leftist, and radical agenda.”

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Paul Kengor, a university professor, historian and author of “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” called the case “very troubling.”

“Admittedly, I don’t know every detail of this case, but if this Catholic university is guilty of firing a Catholic professor solely for his professing and defending the multi-millennial Catholic Church definition of male-female marriage – that is, for adhering to the very definition of Pope Francis himself, plus a long line of some 250-plus other popes – then that would be hideous,” Kengor told WND. “If that is indeed the case, then those guilty of mistreating this professor should be ashamed and should cease to refer to their university as a Catholic institution, and the school’s alumni and donors should take careful note.”

But McAdams said Marquette isn’t really much of a Catholic university anyway. Although Marquette is nominally a creation of the Jesuits, “Jesuits are thin on the ground these days,” according to McAdams. The professor said there are few Jesuits in the university’s hierarchy.

What’s more, McAdams said even the Jesuit order itself is no longer a “bastion of Catholic orthodoxy.”

Thus, the Jesuit university essentially follows the same left-wing trends as the rest of academia, including pandering to various ethnic and sexual minorities.

Pope Francis is a member of the order, the first Jesuit Roman Catholic pontiff in history. Some social conservatives have accused Francis of ceding ground on the issue.

Gallups says Christians are going to have to remain steadfast in the face of increasing persecution. But he believes homosexual rights activists are going to overplay their hand.

“By attempting to force the professor to recant, as it were, the radical gay movement is going to create another Kim Davis. They not only want the rest of us to legalize and acknowledge gay marriage, but they also demand we accept it as normal and celebrate it. The overreach I’ve long predicted is already beginning to happen. And we’re going to start seeing more and more of this indoctrination in the public schools and pushed on even the youngest children. This was the plan all along.”

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