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Tool of the Week: Marquette speech police

Empower Wisconsin | July 6, 2020

MADISON — Marquette University took a left turn years ago. 

But the Milwaukee Jesuit school has taken its liberal dogma to the next level. 

As Empower Wisconsin reported last week, Marquette administrators recently grilled conservative incoming freshman Samantha Pfefferle with what amounts to an admissions litmus test. 

The 18-year-old New London High School graduate said admissions staff in a hastily-called Zoom meeting asked her questions like, What would she do if she lived in the same dorm as a “Dreamer” (young, undocumented immigrants in America under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors —DREAM — Act) and the Dreamer didn’t like Pfefferle’s opinions? 

After the interrogation, Pfefferle said admissions officials suggested they wouldn’t let her become part of the Marquette family.

“They told me I wasn’t a student,” she told Empower Wisconsin. “They said students at the university were complaining that what I said put people at risk at Marquette and that their (admissions) offer needs to be rescinded as soon as possible.” She had already received her acceptance letter, paid for her housing and had been assigned roommates. She also has a class schedule.

A Marquette spokeswoman in an email claimed the school had not rescinded Pfefferle’s offer, although she acknowledged “the admissions team did recently have a conversation with incoming freshman Samantha Pfefferle about statements made on her social media accounts.”

Pfefferle has posted comments about her opposition to illegal immigration on her accounts, among other opinions members of the raging left doesn’t agree with. 

Marquette refused to answer Empower Wisconsin’s follow-up questions. As of late last week, they still hadn’t reached out to Pfefferle, who believes the private school may be in CYA mode. 

The bottom line is, the famed Catholic school appears to have genuflected— again — to a mob of cyberbullies apparently triggered by free speech. The diversity Marquette likes to talk so much about isn’t diverse enough to include conservative thought. Ask John McAdams, the conservative political science professor who fought — and won — against Marquette in a nationally-covered academic freedom lawsuit. 

The university’s left turn is what it is, but it’s admissions litmus test makes it a tool of the politically correct. 

For that, Marquette University is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week. 

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