A Catholic university student announced Wednesday in an op-ed he is leaving his school, alleging “rampant political bias” and a growing divorce of the school from the Catholic Church.
Former Marquette student Zachary Petrizzo said students would shout “trigger warning” when walking by him in the hallway, with one even warning that he would be “hunted down” if he entered the school’s intercultural center, in Campus Reform.
“After one year at the institution…I have discovered that Marquette is anything but a Jesuit and Catholic university,” Petrizzo said. “There is no acceptance of conservative thoughts, let alone ‘diversity of thought,’ and opinions that I support are frequently shut down in the classrooms.”
The former student, who is now seeking enrollment in a Washington, D.C. school, noted that he spoke approvingly about the concept of a border wall in a comparative politics class, but was “verbally rebuked” by his professor. Petrizzo also reflected on an instance in which multiple professors at the Catholic university placed Planned Parenthood signs on their doors. “Microaggression”-obsessed administrators purportedly did not affirm the school’s pro-life stance afterward.
“The firing of Dr. John McAdams has also inspired a great amount of concern among conservative students and professors,” Petrizzo said, “as it has shown that speaking one’s mind, at least when it doesn’t involve pandering to leftist ideas, can lead not only to the typical accusations of racism and bigotry, but can even jeopardize one’s very livelihood.”
Marquette put McAdams on an indefinite suspension and mandated that the professor apologize for a blog in which he said that a graduate student teacher had banned students from talking about gay marriage in their class, asserting that it would be “homophobic” to oppose the concept. Petrizzo said that university officials ignored and avoided him after he participated in a video published by a law firm supporting McAdams.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Marquette, as well as the campus ministry for comment but received none in time for press.
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