The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 17th, 2014
An associate professor at Marquette University says he has been
suspended with pay for publicly criticizing how a teaching assistant
handled the topic of gay marriage in a class discussion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Last month a student in the teaching assistant’s class confronted her
for not allowing more discussion of whether a ban on gay marriage
violated the philosopher John Rawls’s equal-liberty principle, after
another student suggested it did. The student recorded the conversation,
which was reported on by Inside Higher Ed.
It was also the subject of a post on the conservative-leaning blog
of a political-science professor, John McAdams. Mr. McAdams said the
teaching assistant, Cheryl Abbate, had limited free speech by “using a
tactic typical among liberals now.”