Dear Dean McCarthy (414.288.1412):
Recently, I browsed the Marquette University website www.mu.edu and found the following mission statement:
?Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Our mission, therefore, is the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. All this we pursue for the greater glory of God and the common benefit of the human community.?
Below your mission statement, I found other statements, which suggest that you seek to attract students to your university by promising ?unfettered pursuit of truth? with a curriculum that expresses your ?Catholic identity.? You also speak of the ?sponsorship of programs and activities devoted to the cultivation of (y)our religious character, (y)our ecumenical outlook, and (y)our support of Catholic beliefs and values.? Finally, you state that as you ?seek the truth about God and the world? you are ?firmly committed to academic freedom as the necessary precondition for that search.?
In light of those statements, I have a few comments.
On January 31st, the College Republicans (CRs) accused you of violating your supposed commitment to academic freedom by suspending an approved ?Support our Troops? table set up to benefit Adopt a Sniper, which, as you know, is an organization helping our troops in the Middle East. The CRs have accused you of confiscating signs and other materials they intended to use for the benefit.
I placed two calls to your administration in the last week seeking verification of these accusations. No one seems to take my calls seriously.
You have been quoted, Dean McCarthy, as saying that the CR benefit does not ?comport to the University?s mission.? Your communications office (414.288.7445) has issued an official statement accusing the CRs of ?having a cavalier attitude toward the taking of a human life.?
I found the university?s official statement to be interesting since your own library refers to Planned Parenthood as ?an excellent resource for information on women's health and global reproduction issues.? Furthermore, Marquette?s Association of English Graduate Students (http://www.marquette.edu/aegs/) is allowed to promote Planned Parenthood on your website. Could it be argued that Planned Parenthood has ?a cavalier attitude toward the taking of a human life??
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