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Student told to support gay marriage or get out of class — at a Catholic university!

A Jesuit university instructor described students who oppose gay marriage as homophobic and dismissed any notion of discussing the matter in her class.Marquette University instructor Cheryl Abbate declared that on the issue of gay rights, “everybody agrees on this, and there is no need to discuss it,” according to Fox News.

An unnamed conservative student approached Abbate after class and told her that dismissing an entire topic because of her political beliefs set a bad precedent, according to the Marquette Warrior, a blog run by a Marquette professor.

“Some opinions are not appropriate, such as racist opinions, sexist opinions,” Abbate reportedly responded, then asked: “Do you know if anyone in your class is homosexual? Don’t you think it would be offensive to them?”

Abbate said no one has “a right in this class to make homophobic comments,” then told the student he could drop the class, which he did.

(What’s interesting about that, of course, is that Marquette is at least officially a Catholic university. Since the church doesn’t recognize gay marriage, Pope Francis, a Jesuit himself, has no place in Abbate’s class, apparently.)

The student took his case to Arts & Sciences Associate Dean Suzanne Foster, who sent the student to the Philosophy Department’s chairwoman, Nancy Snow. Snow essentially blew him off, according to the Warrior.

Snow has acted on previous allegations of insensitivity, reprimanding one school official for calling a get-together among female colleagues a “girls’ night out,” which Show deemed sexist.

This is yet another example of higher learning becoming higher indoctrination .

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Carmine Sabia

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