University says prof doesn’t have free-speech rights

John McAdams

The case of a university professor censored, punished and stripped of his tenure for commenting on the definition of marriage has reached the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The Thomas More Society argues in a friend-of-the-court brief that the trials of John McAdams of Marquette University never should have happened, because the First Amendment protects individuals’ opinion and speech.

Further, the university’s own contract with McAdams recognizes the constitutional protections and assures they will be honored.

McAdams, a professor at the Catholic university in Milwaukee for more than 30 years, is a vocal conservative who was suspended after writing a personal blog post critical of an incident that he viewed as a retreat from the school’s Catholic tradition.

He defended an undergraduate student who approached a graduate student instructor after a Philosophy of Ethics class in 2014.

“The student explained that he did not favor same-sex marriage


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