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University Bows to National Outrage, Wont Punish Student Who Refused to Stomp Jesus
Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/26/2013 9:20:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” and then stomp on the pieces of paper.

Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion – pending the outcome of a student hearing.

But after a massive national outcry, the university reversed course Monday afternoon and cleared the devout Mormon student of all accusations.

“There will be no punishment,” said Hiram Sasser, Rotela’s attorney. “They are wiping the record clean for Ryan. They are reinstating him for a plan to complete the course without that professor.”

Sasser, the director of litigation for the Liberty Institute, told Fox News that the university was deeply apologetic.

“The university apologized profusely,” Sasser said. “One of the university officials told us lots of people were offended by the assignment and they were very sorry about that.”

Corey King, the university’s dean of students, told Fox News they could not comment on the specifics of the Rotela incident – but reiterated their remorse for the offensive class assignment.

“First and foremost, we are deeply sorry for any hurt regarding this incident, any insensitivity that may have been seen by the community and the greater community at large,” King said. “We are deeply sorry.”

While King could not speak directly to Rotela’s standing at the university he did say that “upon reflection, the university has decided not to move forward with any disciplinary action against any student regarding this matter.”

The class in question was taught by Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

“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.”

King said it was obvious the lesson caused “hurt and pain” within the community and within the university’s population.

“As a result, we feel it’s necessary to no longer offer this assignment or activity,” he said. “We did not anticipate the hurt and pain it would cause in the community.

As for Poole’s future at the university – King said he could not comment on employment matters.

“We embrace academic freedom – but that comes with responsibility and we recognize that the activity at that time was insensitive,” he said.

Sasser said university officials emphasized that Poole is an untenured professor.

“Someone at Florida Atlantic University was able to look at the issues and realize the professor had done a great offense – not only to Ryan – but to many people across the country,” Sasser said.

Rotela told Fox News he was satisfied with the university’s handling of the incident.

“It was good that they apologized and realized what they did was wrong,” he said.

He was also thankful for the outpouring of support from the nations’ Christian community.

“I have two words – thank you,” he said. “If it wasn’t for all the Christians and the open-minded people who decided to call the university – I would be sitting in a room getting punished, getting sanctioned from the school and getting expelled from the university.”

Sasser said the outcome of Rotela’s case should serve as a lesson for other Americans facing religious persecution.

“It just takes one person to stand up against this type of aggressive nonsense,” he told Fox News. “It also takes like-minded people standing together to say we are not going to tolerate this type of religious bigotry.”

“When we all stand together – we win,” Sasser added.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: academia; biasineducation; christianity; deandrepoole; faithandfamily; fau; freedomofreligion; jesus; leftismoncampus; stockpilesong; stomponjesus; thestockpilesong; who
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1 posted on 03/26/2013 9:20:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Score one for the Mormon who dared to stand up to the professor!
2 posted on 03/26/2013 9:22:30 AM PDT by Ripliancum (Mosiah 29:27. Look it up.)
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To: Kaslin
Won’t Punish Student Who..

Thanks. It's the thought that counts.

3 posted on 03/26/2013 9:22:48 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 03/26/2013 9:23:53 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Kaslin

Dennis Prager called universities “Left wing seminaries.”


5 posted on 03/26/2013 9:23:54 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Kaslin

They’ll find a way to stick it to him once the spotlight has moved on. Count on it.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 9:23:55 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: Kaslin
Another BS apology.
They were forced into it. If they were sincere they would have apologized the 1st day..
Kid should still get an attny and sue for some mental duress complaint.Cant sleep cant eat bad dreams the whole enchilada!
7 posted on 03/26/2013 9:24:10 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Kaslin

So he won’t be stoned to death after all.

How civilized of us.


8 posted on 03/26/2013 9:24:22 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: freedomlover

He looks unhappy.
I thought in the Era of Baraq, we are all supposed to be happy.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 9:24:49 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: rbg81

Yup, and in ways that he cannot prove are retribution.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 9:25:21 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Kaslin

If I was that student I would have taken another piece of paper and written, “Barack Obama” on it.

Then I would have said to him, “Fine. If you stomp on your messiah I’ll stomp on mine!”

What do you think would have happened then???


11 posted on 03/26/2013 9:25:27 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: t1b8zs

Exactly


12 posted on 03/26/2013 9:25:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Florida Atlantic “University” pretty much proved it has the intellectual horsepower of a smell rubber band with their attempt to prosecute this student.

Any student there should think about getting the heck outta and going to a real college...and avoid marshmallow “studies”, sociology, and weak intellectual content courses of that ilk....along with the “professors” who teach them.

This “professor” demonstrates that the title means about as much as a plastic “DeLuxe” has on a GM car.


13 posted on 03/26/2013 9:26:15 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
Hiram Sasser, Ryan Rotela’s attorney, should sue FAU for ten million or so, and give ‘em something to remember.
14 posted on 03/26/2013 9:26:32 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Ripliancum

And rightly so


15 posted on 03/26/2013 9:26:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Hello! (Just a fyi)

‘Jesus Stomping’ Professor/ FAU Story Continues With Non-Apology, Then Apology and Now Charges Filed Against Student Who Complained

16 posted on 03/26/2013 9:27:52 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: rbg81

The university is only sorry they got caught. Not sorry for the lesson they were trying to teach. The left always underestimates the courage of those who stand for what is right and true.

They may try to stick it to them... Standing up to evil always has a price... always has.


17 posted on 03/26/2013 9:28:11 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: freedomlover

This is the type individual masquerading as an imparter of knowledge. He is nothing but a left wing scum bag spewing his hatred from behind a sheepskin worth nothing except in the halls of academia.


18 posted on 03/26/2013 9:28:26 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: t1b8zs
They were forced into it.

Yep, and they were going to drum him out too...

University Files Charges Against Student who Refused to Stomp on Jesus

19 posted on 03/26/2013 9:28:27 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Kaslin

They are just trying to limit the lawsuits they saw stacking up.


20 posted on 03/26/2013 9:29:38 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Kaslin

I would have written Mohammed on the paper and done a fandango all over it.

POS Islamomarxists don’t belong teaching young minds full of mush.


21 posted on 03/26/2013 9:30:25 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A couple dozen Secret Service in SWAT gear would have shown up within a few minutes.


22 posted on 03/26/2013 9:30:46 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: freedomlover

Looks like another Marc Lamont Hill! Maybe he has a future with Bill O’Reilly


23 posted on 03/26/2013 9:30:51 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: freedomlover

What is that picture?

His “badass football player face”?

His “perpetually offended minority face”?


24 posted on 03/26/2013 9:30:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Now they should can the professor.

It is disgusting that it took huge public outrage for the apology Excuse me, but there should never have been any charges against the student in the first place. The very second he reported the professor’s assignment, the professor should have been the subject of inquiry, investigation and possible dismissal. This is bassackwards.


25 posted on 03/26/2013 9:31:16 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: freedomlover

He is writing a book about Obam called “The rise of a Mythical Hero”???

Does he know ‘Mythical’ means NOT REAL? Holee-crab this guy cannot even use language correctly.


26 posted on 03/26/2013 9:32:41 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: NEMDF

Seriously, the dean and this professor need to be facing individual and several civil liability suits with all their private assets attached.


27 posted on 03/26/2013 9:32:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.
The PB County Dem party HQ can be reached at (561) 433-1112.
28 posted on 03/26/2013 9:32:59 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kaslin
Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.

If the exercise were carried out as written above, it would have been very different.

The exercise expected students to resist, which would then lead to the discussion of why. This "professor" went further, forcing the resisting students to actual stomp on the symbol.

The exercise could equally have been written to put an American flag on the ground, or to burn a paper copy of the flag with a cigarette lighter, to achieve the same discussion goals.

The "professor" was completely at fault for not following the lesson plan as written.

Of course, my post presumes that there is a valid point to the exercise if this were a university-level critical thinking class. Given that the "professor" is the head of the county Democratic Party, I would suspect that his goals were more to tear down existing cultural symbols in the minds of children, not to teach them to explore the significance of the symbols to themselves.

-PJ

29 posted on 03/26/2013 9:33:58 AM 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: Kaslin

Fire that insane stupid professor. We can no longer stand in the background and do nothing to a rotten stinking so called teacher. America, get damn mad. We’ve had enough.


30 posted on 03/26/2013 9:35:24 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Kaslin

How kind of them. After they disrupted his life so as to protect an America-hating, Christ-hating specially-privileged minority.


31 posted on 03/26/2013 9:37:27 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Kaslin

I saw that college professors be knocked to the ground and stomped on, just for grins and giggles.


32 posted on 03/26/2013 9:37:57 AM PDT by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Kaslin

Why didn’t he have the students write the name Allah on a piece of paper and stomp on it?

Because he’s a low-life wimpy worm that’s why.

Students should boycott his classes until he is fired.


33 posted on 03/26/2013 9:38:01 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Kaslin
In a philosophy course I took the professor selected a student to go to the front of the class. The professor would then insult the student and ask the student to respond.

The object of the lesson was to have the student respond rationally to the comment without letting his anger get the better of him.

The professor would then deconstruct the insult logically to show students how to respond to offensive remarks.

34 posted on 03/26/2013 9:39:10 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Ripliancum
Score one for the Mormon who dared to stand up to the professor!

Amen to that.

35 posted on 03/26/2013 9:39:18 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Kaslin

What on earth could possibly have been the academic justification for this “assignment”? The whole exercise is reminiscent of Feudal Japan forcing suspected Christians to trample the fumi-e.

And any prof who kicks his student out of class because he or she intends to complain to the administration is nothing but a punk. Deal with it like the professional you’re supposed to be.


36 posted on 03/26/2013 9:39:42 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: freedomlover

When will they announce that they are firing this turkey?


37 posted on 03/26/2013 9:40:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: MrB

I agree. I hope that the students gets rich on this deal.


38 posted on 03/26/2013 9:41:14 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Kaslin

The OUTRAGe is that ONLY ONE STUDENT COMPLAINED!!!!


39 posted on 03/26/2013 9:43:53 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Kaslin

It was all just a trial balloon anyway, our enemies trying to gauge how far they have gone and how much further they need to go to put us all under their thumb.


40 posted on 03/26/2013 9:44:12 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Ripliancum; Colofornian; Elsie

Actually, score one for the CHRISTIAN public interest law firm that represented him.


41 posted on 03/26/2013 9:45:19 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: freedomlover

This dirtbag should be fired immediately and never allowed to teach anywhere again.


42 posted on 03/26/2013 9:45:41 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: PGR88
He sure did. I just found it

Florida Atlantic University: Another Left-Wing Seminary

43 posted on 03/26/2013 9:45:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

This university stepped all over itself in misplaced revenge against a student who voiced concerns over instructor actions that ridiculed his religious beliefs. It stepped all over itself to protect a BLACK instructor, a Black Democrat. It stepped all over itself to punish a student who had the audacity to complain.

This is the Democrat ideology. Racist, Godless tyranny. And, it is the same reason that Obama’s lying, ineptitude and tyranny are being excused all over the Democrat landscape.


44 posted on 03/26/2013 9:46:34 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: freedomlover

So this country is being run by a bunch of pissed off “entitled because they’re black” communists.

What the hell is the matter with us??? They are the minority and if they weren’t they sure wouldn’t be as nice as we conservatives are.

We need more Dr. Ben Carsons.

I have to say, the communists long ago decided to use the blacks and the “racism” issue to tear us apart and they’ve done a dang good job.


45 posted on 03/26/2013 9:49:00 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Ripliancum
He was also thankful for the outpouring of support from the nations’ Christian community.

“I have two words – thank you,” he said. “If it wasn’t for all the Christians and the open-minded people who decided to call the university – I would be sitting in a room getting punished, getting sanctioned from the school and getting expelled from the university.”

I see no mention of the Mormon church helping him.

46 posted on 03/26/2013 9:49:37 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone think he would have gotten a fair hearing if not for the National outcry?

If you do then be prepared for the Easter Bunny this Sunday, he will be around to see you.


47 posted on 03/26/2013 9:55:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: freedomlover

Read the paragraph of pure “Gobbledygook” that describes that clown. Its no wonder the heads full of mush come out worse than the way they went in.


48 posted on 03/26/2013 9:57:24 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Well the teacher would have stomped on it of course since he made up the exercise. So that would not have settled anything. A better action would have been to get the teacher to stomp on the word “mohammad”. The teacher would be happy to stomp on it also but muslims would not find it amusing. They would settle up with the prof. Justice served.


49 posted on 03/26/2013 10:00:18 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Kaslin

They won’t punish him because they got caught,if this situation flew under the radar you take be sure he would have been punished. The current university system is designed to guide students into proper group think and crush any nonconformists to set an example to the student population.
That’s why the under 30 crowd feels that “gay” marriage is a civil right.


50 posted on 03/26/2013 10:01:57 AM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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