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Professor Makes Students “Stomp on Jesus”
http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 03/21/2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/21/2013 1:01:26 PM PDT by massmike

A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor’s directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it. The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson in debate.

“I’m not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated,” student Ryan Rotela told television station WPEC. “I truly see this as I’m being punished.”

Rotela, who is a devout Mormon, said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class told the students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper. Then, they were told to put the paper on the floor.

“He had us all stand up and he said ‘Stomp on it,’” Rotela said. “I picked up the paper from the floor and put it right back on the table.

The young college student told the instructor, Deandre Poole, that the assignment was insulting and offensive. “I said to the professor, ‘With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate,’” Rotela said. ‘I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.’”

Rotela took his concerns to Poole’s supervisor – where he was promptly suspended from the class.

Poole did not return calls seeking comment. According to his university profile, he has a PhD from Howard University and is authoring a book titled, “Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero.”

The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; academicbias; antichristian; atheismandstate; communistgoals; jesus; liberalbigot; naughtyteacherslist; religiousfreedom; religiousintolerance
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1 posted on 03/21/2013 1:01:26 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Lets see him do a Stomp on Allah day.


2 posted on 03/21/2013 1:03:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: massmike

Sick f*ck of a professor should be fired and spend the remainder of his life on Earth as an attendant at some men’s lavatory somewhere.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: massmike
The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.
Because they want to keep their heads on their shoulders, perhaps?
4 posted on 03/21/2013 1:06:49 PM PDT by Bob
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To: massmike
Knowing what I know of the left, I don't doubt this occurred nor do I doubt the student has been suspended. However...

It’s important to note that this is an allegation and that the other side has not adequately been heard from.

5 posted on 03/21/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: massmike

Deandre J. Poole

http://www.fau.edu/scms/poole.php

6 posted on 03/21/2013 1:07:13 PM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: Jack Hammer

No. That’s too good.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 1:07:15 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: massmike

Wow, right out of “That Hideous Strength” (C.S. Lewis)


8 posted on 03/21/2013 1:07:38 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: massmike

...what would have been interesting is instead of Writing Jesus he wrote Allah.....what would the prof do then?


9 posted on 03/21/2013 1:08:12 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: massmike

If this were me, I write the name of another historical figure, say Karl Marx, and stomp on it.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 1:08:33 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: massmike; All

” Intercultural Communications class”

Rotela was asking to be abused, taking a course with this title.


11 posted on 03/21/2013 1:09:59 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: massmike

Put aside whether its Jesus or Mohammad or someone else on the paper. Why the Hell are people paying for this nonsense as college instruction? College is pretty much useless at this point.


12 posted on 03/21/2013 1:10:14 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: massmike
Next time, write the instructor's name on the paper.

-PJ

13 posted on 03/21/2013 1:11:00 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: massmike; All

What about we ALL email the school and DEMAND he be fired!


14 posted on 03/21/2013 1:12:06 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: massmike
“Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse.

so why was the student suspended?

15 posted on 03/21/2013 1:12:07 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: massmike
Intercultural Communications class

There's part of the problem right there.

16 posted on 03/21/2013 1:12:13 PM PDT by mtg
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To: Jack Hammer

>>Sick f*ck of a professor should be fired and spend the remainder of his life on Earth as an attendant at some men’s lavatory somewhere.

That’s probably his weekend hobby already.


17 posted on 03/21/2013 1:12:39 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

It is pretty much useless if you sign up for Intercultural Communications class.

Less so if you take Biochemistry, Physics, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Constitutional Law, etc.


18 posted on 03/21/2013 1:13:17 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: massmike

I’m Jewish and I wouldn’t cooperate with this insulting exercise.


19 posted on 03/21/2013 1:13:21 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: SparkyBass

I thought that was the least ‘realistic’ part of the book (though good allegory).
And here it is in the news... spooky!


20 posted on 03/21/2013 1:14:06 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: massmike

The student can just inconvenience himself and transfer out.

I wouldn’t dream giving a university any money nor my time, if I had any indication this would happen.

Why are parents allowing their children to attend these places?

Already, the kids are coming out $20,000 average debt.

No jobs.

The child and his parents are condoning this by attending.

When are Americans going to say NO?

Catholic, Jesuit, especially, universities have been anti Catholic since the 1950s

It is just too late to continue complaining about it.

NO money to these places


21 posted on 03/21/2013 1:15:48 PM PDT by stanne
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To: massmike

...another in a long line of communist educrats...


22 posted on 03/21/2013 1:15:55 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: massmike

This guy looks like a serial killer instead of the typical affirmative action slug on staff at a university near you.


23 posted on 03/21/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Jack Hammer; Bryanw92

“spend the remainder of his life on Earth as an attendant at some men’s lavatory in a gay bar!


24 posted on 03/21/2013 1:17:52 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: massmike

I was walking in the downtown of a local college town and some “happening” was going on in front of a music venue and they had written down a bunch of words and taped them to the sidewalk. One of the words was “Jesus.” I took it off the sidewalk. What are people thinking? Same town and during some breast cancer awareness week there was about 100 bras tied together and strung alone a bridge. Mr. Mercat wouldn’t let me out of the car to cut them down.


25 posted on 03/21/2013 1:19:24 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: allmendream
It is pretty much useless if you sign up for Intercultural Communications class.

Less so if you take ... Constitutional Law, etc.

Back to useless if you had a certain professor at the University of Chicago in the 1990s. Then it would be completely useless.

26 posted on 03/21/2013 1:20:57 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: massmike

OK, let this dorkface “professor” make a Muslim stomp on the page of a Koran.

He’ll learn about debate really fast.

In fact, I’ll volunteer to do the beheading of this idiot for the Muslim if asked.

I’ve had it with tolerating “professors” who couldn’t pass a real university course even if they had quotas and cheating like the Quota Baby in Chief.


27 posted on 03/21/2013 1:23:46 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: massmike

bump for later


28 posted on 03/21/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberalism: knowing you're better than everyone else because of your humility. -- Daniel Greenfield)
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To: KarlInOhio
Only if you were a passive student who uncritically accepted what your teacher taught.

I think a lesson from a dim witted leftist on what he REALLY thought about the Constitution (a charter of “negative liberties” what the government cannot do, rather than what it had to do on your behalf) would be VERY educational.

Sort of like how reading Mein Kampf would be very educational and instructive for people in Germany in the 1930’s.

29 posted on 03/21/2013 1:24:25 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: KarlInOhio
Only if you were a passive student who uncritically accepted what your teacher taught.

I think a lesson from a dim witted leftist on what he REALLY thought about the Constitution (a charter of “negative liberties” what the government cannot do, rather than what it had to do on your behalf) would be VERY educational.

Sort of like how reading Mein Kampf would be very educational and instructive for people in Germany in the 1930’s.

30 posted on 03/21/2013 1:24:28 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Next time, write the instructor's name on the paper.

Or the professor's god, 0bama.

But why is this a college level course in the first place?

31 posted on 03/21/2013 1:26:04 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: massmike

From the comments section of the article:

Ron Bulger
Board of Trustees Liaison.
Office of the President.
bulger@fau.edu

and if you live in Florida.

http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

Let your voices be heard.


32 posted on 03/21/2013 1:27:52 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: driftdiver

or an “eat a pork sandwich or fail the course” day.


33 posted on 03/21/2013 1:28:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Jack Hammer

On my only 4 semesters at UW, I literally gave the finger 3 inches to the face my lib professor for having us write an essay on why America is evil. It was Business Ethics 102. Literally wanted to grab him by the neck but I was transferring to Stanford, didn’t want to mess up my transfer papers and my classmates physically took me back. I effing’ hate lib professors.


34 posted on 03/21/2013 1:28:56 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: blueyon

Ron Bulger
Board of Trustees Liaison.
Office of the President.
bulger@fau.edu

and if you live in Flordia.

http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/


35 posted on 03/21/2013 1:29:37 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: massmike

Maybe someone should write A-HOLE across the instructors face and stomp on that.Somebody needs to put the fear of God or an old man in this guy and this sh!t will stop.


36 posted on 03/21/2013 1:31:29 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: massmike; All

Key section of the article:

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”

It seems the Mormon responded the way the lesson anticipated, and therefore his cries of persecution are strange. It is also worth noting that the Professor is writing a book called “Obamamania: The rise of a mythical hero.” Which doesn’t sound positive for Obama.

I would have to get the Professor’s side of the story before I pass any kind of judgment in my mind on the matter. I am thinking that, most likely, the Mormon student overreacted, and made much ado about nothing, since the lesson itself says that refusing to step on it was part of the lesson itself.


37 posted on 03/21/2013 1:31:46 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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Ph.D from Howard U=barely literate. This is what happens when Affirmative Action trumps intelligence and ability.


38 posted on 03/21/2013 1:32:02 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: mtg

I could almost see the class being useful for a “devote Mormon” if he thought “Intercultural Communcations” might help him on his future 2-year mission work.

I do suspect that the course catalog description did him (and everybody else enrolled) a major disservice.


39 posted on 03/21/2013 1:34:04 PM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: driftdiver

My thought exactly. This would be national news if instead of Jesus it were Allah, Budah, Mohammad, or some Hindu god.


40 posted on 03/21/2013 1:34:15 PM PDT by Marko413
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To: massmike

http://www.facebook.com/deandre.poole


41 posted on 03/21/2013 1:36:03 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: massmike

The guy objecting is a devout Mormon.

The instructor is yet another affirmative action type.


42 posted on 03/21/2013 1:36:12 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: I want the USA back
If this were me, I write the name of another historical figure, say Karl Marx, and stomp on it.

Or perhaps MLK, Jr. or Obama. I'm guessing the prof would then declare it a hate crime.

43 posted on 03/21/2013 1:36:16 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: driftdiver

“As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives”

FAIL.

They rejected the students perspective.


44 posted on 03/21/2013 1:36:26 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I predict the exact same Freepers will hate the GOP Candidate for: 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

“Key section of the article:

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”

It seems the Mormon responded the way the lesson anticipated, and therefore his cries of persecution are strange. It is also worth noting that the Professor is writing a book called “Obamamania: The rise of a mythical hero.” Which doesn’t sound positive for Obama.

I would have to get the Professor’s side of the story before I pass any kind of judgment in my mind on the matter. I am thinking that, most likely, the Mormon student overreacted, and made much ado about nothing, since the lesson itself says that refusing to step on it was part of the lesson itself.”

I would submit that a teacher with any common sense at all would appreciate that this exercise would likely be offensive to some, and could modify it to get the same point across without unnecessarily ruffling feathers.

For example, he could have asked the students to write tha name of somebody each one deeply respects, exchange papers with a neighbor, and then stomp away.

This strategy would have achieved a similar outcome (to launce the discussion) without singling out devout members of one particular religion.


45 posted on 03/21/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: driftdiver

better yet, have the punished student bring in an Obama poster for the same exercise and see if his asshat professor thinks that’s “debate”


46 posted on 03/21/2013 1:39:38 PM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Why the Hell are people paying for this nonsense as college instruction? College is pretty much useless at this point.

That's the real issue IMO. Colleges now seem dedicated to indoctrinating students with postmodern critical theory drivel. That sounds like what this brain-dead "professor" was up to.

47 posted on 03/21/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: massmike

In most Islamic cultures, the sole of the shoe is used to deliver the ultimate insult. Witness the infamous Baghdad press conference where Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at President Bush. This exercise was simply an attack on Jesus Christ by one of the gatekeepers of knowledge in America.
It hardly needs to be said that it is highly doubtful that he would have written “Mohammed” on that piece of paper. The irony is that it was done in the context of a class focused on “Intercultural Communications.” Is that really a proper approach to communications between cultures?

John 1:1


48 posted on 03/21/2013 1:40:20 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: massmike

It’s the Professor who needs stomping, and the administration that suspended him.

WTF is wrong with these people?


49 posted on 03/21/2013 1:41:38 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Absolutely!


50 posted on 03/21/2013 1:42:04 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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