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Professor Makes Students “Stomp on Jesus” *****Update*****School has apologized - page 10

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM
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A Florida Atlantic University student said he was suspended from class after he refused a professor’s directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it.

“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.”

A university spokesperson told they could not comment about Rotela’s case due to student privacy laws.

However, the university is defending the instructor’s assignment to stomp on the name of Jesus.

“As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives,” said Noemi Marin, the university’s director of the school of communication and multimedia studies.

“While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate,” Marin added.

The lesson on bashing the name of Christ is included in a textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson that got Rotela in trouble.

“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.”

Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom lesson.

“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.

Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.

“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.

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.

“Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of Mohammed,” Kengor wondered.

Rotela said the idea of stomping on the name of Jesus was beyond his comprehension.

“Any time you stomp on something it shows you believe that it has no value,” he told the television station. “If you were to stomp on the word Jesus – it says the word has no value.”

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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Did higher education fail you Candle? You seem to really hate it.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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Well, we know what would of happend if she instructed her students to stomp on the name, "Mohammed," I really don't think we need to wonder about that situation, if it had happend.

I am not sure how, "mocking," and "degrading" anyone's faith encourages diversity and better understanding.

(Sorry, Christians you do this way too much too, look at your LDS, JW, Pentagostal, etc tracks you folks hand out all the time)

Sisacat
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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I guess this professor needs to learn respect. Comes to show how having a title, Ph.D, does not make you greater. He should get a title in civics. Perhaps in his secularized mind it will make sense.
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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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You are right, we know what would have happened if he had them stomp on the name Mohammed.    I don't think this particular professor would have the courage to do that.

Quoting Donna6503:

Well, we know what would of happend if she instructed her students to stomp on the name, "Mohammed," I really don't think we need to wonder about that situation, if it had happend.

I am not sure how, "mocking," and "degrading" anyone's faith encourages diversity and better understanding.

(Sorry, Christians you do this way too much too, look at your LDS, JW, Pentagostal, etc tracks you folks hand out all the time)


Raintree
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM
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Well, it is florida.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

True, but the point is ... I don't feel this professor nor school did the right thing. But, you can see why; for example, when a video shows up mocking a religion, that people can get offended.

Still, it took a "non-christian" to stand up against the action of the professor. Just because one faith will stand up for their principles (and may go a bit extreme) and another religion doesn't ... doesn't make the act of mocking any better or worst depending on the faith.


Quoting candlegal:

You are right, we know what would have happened if he had them stomp on the name Mohammed.    I don't think this particular professor would have the courage to do that.

Quoting Donna6503:

Well, we know what would of happend if she instructed her students to stomp on the name, "Mohammed," I really don't think we need to wonder about that situation, if it had happend.

I am not sure how, "mocking," and "degrading" anyone's faith encourages diversity and better understanding.

(Sorry, Christians you do this way too much too, look at your LDS, JW, Pentagostal, etc tracks you folks hand out all the time)




candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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To me the point is that only one student refused to do this.  I find that in itself to be very sad.  I would like to know how many kids were in this class. 

I do agree that the Professor and the school did not do the right thing but am not surprised by that, especially the Professor.

Quoting Donna6503:

True, but the point is ... I don't feel this professor nor school did the right thing. But, you can see why; for example, when a video shows up mocking a religion, that people can get offended.

Still, it took a "non-christian" to stand up against the action of the professor. Just because one faith will stand up for their principles (and may go a bit extreme) and another religion doesn't ... doesn't make the act of mocking any better or worst depending on the faith.


Quoting candlegal:

You are right, we know what would have happened if he had them stomp on the name Mohammed.    I don't think this particular professor would have the courage to do that.

Quoting Donna6503:

Well, we know what would of happend if she instructed her students to stomp on the name, "Mohammed," I really don't think we need to wonder about that situation, if it had happend.

I am not sure how, "mocking," and "degrading" anyone's faith encourages diversity and better understanding.

(Sorry, Christians you do this way too much too, look at your LDS, JW, Pentagostal, etc tracks you folks hand out all the time)





lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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I don't understand why the professor is up in arms, the student refused to step on the name of a religious symbol. Seems to me the student is a symbol of the very "lesson" the professor was trying to teach. IMO, the professor missed an opportunity to actually, idk, teach. 

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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I don't get the big deal, considering the context of the exercise.  Kind of illustrated the whole point of it, really, if the kid would have taken a minute to think about why it was being done. 

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM
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Maybe I'm missing something but it seems like part of the story is missing.

The lesson was meant to start a dialogue. The student called the teacher unprofessional and disrespectful and was dismissed from the class. What happened between the time he said that to the teacher and was dismissed? Was the expected dialogue pursued or did the student not care for a dialogue, was disrespectful to the higher ups and threw a tantrum by alerting the media.

There sems to be a piece missing.
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