Jesuitical 17: Marquette University and the Cop Killer



Part 17 of my ongoing survey of the follies of many modern day Jesuits.

John McAdams, a suspended political science professor at Marquette, go here to read about why he is suspended, at his blog Marquette Warrior, shined the light on a mural at Marquette, a Jesuit university in Milwaukee, honoring a cop killer:


Marquette’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center was set up as a sop to the campus gay lobby in the wake of Marquette’s refusal to hire aggressively lesbian Arts & Sciences dean candidate Jodi O’Brien. Not surprisingly, it has consistently pursued a leftist secular agenda including, for example, the Femsex Seminar, which was so raunchy and so opposed to Marquette’s supposed “Catholic mission” that the Administration ordered that sponsorship be withdrawn.

But now we have yet another case of the extreme leftist agenda of the organization. An entry from its Facebook page:

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Yes, it’s a mural, in the offices of the Center, celebrating one Assata Shakur.

(Here is a larger view of the image.)

So who is Assata Shakur? A black militant who was convicted of murder and fled to Cuba, where she is still protected by the Communist government. According to Wikipedia:

Assata Olugbala Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron on July 16, 1947[1]), whose married name was Chesimard,[2][3] is an African-American activist and member of the former Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA). Between 1971 and 1973, Shakur was accused of several crimes and was the subject of a multistate manhunt.[4][5]

In May 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and grievously assaulting Trooper James Harper.[6] BLA member Zayd Malik Shakur was also killed in the incident, and Shakur was wounded.[6] Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted in relation to six other incidents—charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping—resulting in three acquittals and three dismissals. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout.[7]

Shakur was incarcerated in several prisons in the 1970s. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984 after living as a fugitive for a few years, and received political asylum. She has been living in Cuba ever since. Since May 2, 2005, the FBI has classified her as a domestic terrorist and offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture. On May 2, 2013, the FBI added her to the Most Wanted Terrorist List; the first woman to be listed.[8] On the same day, the New Jersey Attorney General offered to match the FBI reward, increasing the total reward for her capture to $2 million.[9]

More information on her can be found here.

Yes, this is the sort of person the “sexuality” bureaucrats at Marquette feel deserves to be honored.

Go here to read the rest.  A storm of bad publicity resulted and the mural was taken down.  Here is John McAdams comment:

It has been a massive public relations fiasco, and Marquette had to engage in damage control.

The University just supplied the following statement to Fox News. This, presumably, is what they will tell all media outlets:

Marquette University statement:

Our university’s senior leadership just became aware of a mural that was created and displayed in a remote area of campus. This is extremely disappointing as the mural does not reflect the Guiding Values of Marquette University. It is being removed immediately. We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding the mural and will take appropriate action.

Since they could hardly defend the mural, this statement is not surprising.

It’s possible they just heard of the mural, since they can hardly keep track of everything that occurs on campus. In fact, the bureaucrats who run the University spend most of their time holed up in Zilber Hall, talking to each other, and don’t get out much.

But they should not have hired the sort of leadership for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center that would allow this to happen.

Further, the office is on the 4th floor of the union. That’s not some “remote area.” The Union is smack in the center of the campus. It’s true there is not a huge amount of foot traffic up to the 4th floor.

What Marquette has done is to install bureaucracies to cater to the demands of politically correct victim groups — or more property people claiming to represent politically correct victim groups. In those places — the “diversity” bureaucracies, Student Affairs, Campus Ministry and so on — a very narrow and insular worldview prevails. Those folks don’t seem to realize that glorifying a cop killer is a bad thing.

Go here to read the rest.

Like most of the Jesuits today, the powers that be at Marquette are firmly on the Left.  Rather than promulgating Catholicism, they promulgate the views popular on the Left.  In that world view, a cop killer, if part of a radical group, is someone to be lionized, especially if the cop killer is female and black.  Something for parents to consider before they spend some 50K a year to sending their offspring to Marquette.

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  1. This seems an opportune post in which to notice this book (review here, interview with author here).

    The problem at Marquette is the same problem that has, according to Fr. Mitchell, afflicted Catholic universities generally since the Land O’ Lakes statement of 1967. To whit: they’re more committted to a worldly understanding of academic freedom than they are to Catholic Truth.

  2. Col. Kurt Schlichter: “Understand that the purpose of modern American ‘education’ is not to educate students. It is primarily to provide cushy, subsidized sinecures for liberal administrators and faculty while, secondarily, providing a forum to indoctrinate soft young minds in the liberal fetishes du jour. Actually educating students is hard, and a meaningful education is anathema to liberalism. In the liberals’ ideal world, the universities would simply fester with leftist nonsense and not even bother with trying to teach their charges anything at all. And today, it’s pretty close to being the liberals’ ideal world.”

  3. I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of a “Gender and Sexuality Resource Center” at any Catholic university, let alone at one supposedly as prominent as Marquette University. Who, or what, is running these schools?

    Have our Bishops completely ceded their responsibility with respect to oversight of the Church’s educational resources and mission? It’s no wonder, according to a recently released study, that for every person being received into the Church that six are leaving? We’re doing it to ourselves.

    When did Catholic universities become Resource Centers for undermining the faith?

  4. So-called “Catholic” education in the United States of America is anything but authentic Catholic education. With precious few exceptions, “Catholic” education stinks, and this has been going on for more than a half of a century.

    The money that Catholic American immigrants worked so hard for and sacrificed to build Catholic elementary schools, Catholic high schools and Catholic universities has been wasted. Starting with the baby boomers, who chose to embrace the world instead of the Catholic faith and a “Catholic” hierarchy of militant disobedient nuns, weak or nasty bishops and a priesthood that has gone soft, the Church in the United States has been its own worst enemy.

    I would never think of walking away from the Church because I know what the Church believes, even though it has failed in a spectacular way to pass on these teachings since the earth-shattering, bestest greatest Council EVAH.

    Pope St. John Paul II gave the bishops the authority to ensure that colleges and universities that call themselves “Catholic” have qualified staff who teach authentic Catholic theology. The bishops in the West have ignored this, as they have ignored so many other things (Canon 915, anyone?)

    I am not a member of the Society of Saint Pius X. Recently, the Pittsburgh chapel of the SSPX purchased a former Catholic church that was sold in 2005 to an art dealer. The dealer sold it to the SSPX who has restored the St. James Church to its former glory. The Pittsburgh Catholic ran a blurb about the SSPX being in “schism”. Never mind Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos said that they aren’t in schism.

    Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, in direct violation of Summorum Pontificum, shut down two of the Traditional Latin Masses in the St. Petersburg Diocese. I say the SSPX is not in schism, Bishop Lynch is. If the Roman Pontiff or some successor or bishop ever suppresses the Mass of All Ages, I’m going to the SSPX with a clear conscience.

    I bring this up because the bishops clearly refuse to act when they have the authority to do so and yet find the time and the energy to slap around those who would stay faithful to Catholic teaching. St. John Chrysostom’s words about the road to hell being paved with the skulls of bishops seems as appropriate as it ever did.

  5. TomD.
    See Ernst Schreiber’s comment @ 12:05pm to answer your question; “When did Catholic universities become Resource Centers for undermining the faith?”

    Slippery Slope syndrome anyone?

  6. JoAnne Chesimard like Mumia Abu-Jamal declared herself a sovereign nation of one person, and gave herself diplomatic immunity. Joanne Chesimard denied the same diplomatic immunity she took for herself to her victims. Found guilty of killing other sovereign persons, sovereign nations of one person, officers of a sovereign nation, cop killer Chesimard refused to respect and acknowledge all persons as sovereign nations of one individual person. (the civil rights of the human person created equal in all things.) Mumia Abu-Jamal declared himself a sovereign nation of one person, with diplomatic immunity. Being apprehended by police officers, Abu-Jamal charged the officers with an act of war against the sovereign nation of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal executed the police officers with a bullet to the back of the head while the officers lay in the street of Philadelphia. (Prisoners of war are not to be executed) While Chesimard and Abu-Jamal may be geniuses in comprehending their civil rights, they murdered innocent people who got in their way. Innocent persons who did not share their opinion of themselves as sovereign nations of one person with diplomatic immunity were ruthlessly murdered. Both Chesimard and Abu-Jamal must be tried as traitors if they claim American Citizenship and stripped of their citizenship. If tried as a sovereign nation of one person who has waged war against The United States of America, American freedom and American officials in the person of the police officers, they must be stripped of their diplomatic immunity and exiled as persona non-grata. They must be tried under the articles of war. They must be found guilty of military aggression. If tried as a third party with no standing in our Courts, who have committed homicide, they need to face the death penalty.
    Persons who give aid and comfort to the enemy after the fact are complicit in their crime. Embracing traitors and celebrating anti-American sentiment is also treason. In times of war, and it is war between America and Abu-Jamal and Joanne Chesimard, those who encourage making war against the United States need to be stripped of their citizenship and exiled. Every penny they make of their infamy needs to be given to the families of their victims. The only thing worse than this monstrous miscarriage of Justice is the total immersion of the student and minor children in ignorance. It is time for parents to inform the school as to how they want their children to be educated.

  7. I would never think of walking away from the Church because I know what the Church believes, even though it has failed in a spectacular way to pass on these teachings since the earth-shattering, bestest greatest Council EVAH.

    In fairness, if the Church hadn’t already been failing spectacularly, nobody would have mistaken Vatican II for the bestest greatest Council EVAH.

  8. Scholasticism has been replaced with politically correct propaganda. Intellectual pursuit is replaced with sycophantic cults. The JOY of heaven is being overcome with nothingness. Ignorance is being celebrated. Truth is being exorcised. G. K. Chesterton said: “Catholicism has not be tried and found wanting, Catholicism has been tried and found difficult.”
    JoAnne Chesimard is not a heroine of freedom. JoAnne Chesimard is the epitome of lawlessness and a fugitive from Justice. If student and faculty encourage the celebration of wanton criminality, they are no better than the criminal.

  9. In May 1981, I received my BA from Marquette. It had been my first-choice school and I had always been very proud of my affiliation with the university. Now I am just embarrassed. The emotions MU now evokes range from irritation (changing Warriors to Golden Eagles) to frustration (the whole McAdams Affair) and now to anger. That this Gender Resource Center (????) exists on campus is disturbing enough, but to extol a cop-killer? The administrators, Society of Jesus, and bishop of Milwaukee should be ashamed.

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