A call for decency
Marquette University
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Thank you Dr. Lovell for trampling on the concepts of tenure and free speech. Here is what what you consider so offensive, as taken from the WSJ:

Mr. McAdams wrote on his blog that Ms. Abbate was “using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.”

And you very helpfully proved his point. That some people sent very offensive communications, some of which may have crossed the line into illegality, is not the point. What Dr. McAdams wrote is well withing the bounds of legitimate debate. It is also correct. The shame is on those whosent the offensive communications. But the greater shame is on you for not standing up for free speech — and for violating Faculty Handbook section 306.03, which says professors may be terminated by the university’s discretion only for “serious instances of illegal, immoral, dishonorable, irresponsible, or incompetent conduct.” The handbook says that “in no case” may just cause for dismissal be interpreted “to impair the full and free enjoyment of legitimate personal or academic freedoms of thought, doctrine, discourse, association, advocacy, or action.”

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