Marquette is on the hot seat for rescinding job offer to lesbian. Marquette University claims it was not discriminating but that withdrawing the job offer had to do with some of her published writings “related to the ‘Catholic mission and identity’ of Marquette”. However, Marquette set listening sessions for next week on this issue
After reading in the newspaper Fr. Wild S.J., president of Marquette University stating that Marquette did not withdraw the offer due to “sexual identity” and would never discriminate based on sexual preference I had to write this open letter to him.
Dear Father Wild,
I was interested in reading your comments in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Marquette does not discriminate based on sexual identity.
There are at least three departments at Marquette University that do discriminate against gay and lesbian students and faculty. I am talking about the three Departments of Military Sciences, Army, Navy/Marines and Air Force that openly discriminate against gay and lesbian student and faculty members.
This discrimination may be legal under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation but it certainly violates Christian principles.
There are many moral, ethical, discrimination and academic reasons to close the base schools of the army, navy/marines and air force hosted at Marquette. A few of us have for years been arguing the moral and ethical reason for closing these accredited departments down at MU, teaching military values and rules of engagement in war that are contrary to our Catholic faith. Perhaps we should have been stating academic and discrimination reasons.
Although all, but pacifist colleges and universities, are obliged by law, the Solomon Act, to offer military recruitment and a ROTC program, only a very few, like MU, freely choose to host military science departments on campus. Most, for moral, ethical, academic and discriminatory reason send the students off campus for military training.
At the end of the school year in 1968 many students protested the institutional discrimination of minority students at Marquette. The university heard the student and faculty cries and in the next year instituted the Education Opportunity Program at MU.
Hopefully you can listen to faculty and students again this year and eliminate all forms of discrimination on campus.
If the MU law school or School of Nursing was discriminating to faculty and students based on sexual orientation I believe you would act to eliminate it. Yet the base School of Army at MU, regional military officer training center for the Army, does discriminate against persons based on ‘sexual orientation’ and you allow it.’‘
Bob Graf Marquette 61′-65′, 67′-68′