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UPDATE: Florida Atlantic University apologizes for Jesus Stomping 101

Posted by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM
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So, the story about the Florida Atlantic University student who says he ended up suspended because he refused to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word “JESUS” has really taken off nationally.

As The Daily Caller reported on Thursday morning, junior Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, says he was booted from class after he told an FAU school official that the Jesus-stomping assignment made him uncomfortable.

An FAU official initially defended the suspension, telling local CBS affiliate WPEC that the Jesus-stomping was part of a classroom exercise from a textbook, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

Now, Mediaite has confirmed that the instructor’s manual accompanying textbook does, in fact, recommend Jesus-stomping.

The manual reads:

“This exercise is a bit sensitive, but really drives home the point that even though symbols are arbitrary, they take on very strong and emotional meanings. Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper. 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.”

The FAU class in which the Jesus-stomping assignment occurred was called intercultural communications. Deandre Poole was the professor.

Mediaite helpfully points out that Professor Poole is the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party.

Also, another FAU faculty member was in the news recently. James Tracy, tenured associate professor of media history, bizarrely claimed that the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School didn’t happen as it was widely reported — and perhaps didn’t happen at all. (RELATED: Public university professors join ranks of Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists)

On Friday, reports Todd Starnes of Fox News, FAU issued an apology for Poole’s assignment. The public, taxpayer-funded school said it won’t be using the assignment again.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused,” the apology said. “Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

FAU noted that no one was forced to participate in the assignment and that no one was punished because of it.

“We can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class,” the statement read.

Presumably, then, the school is saying that Rotela was not suspended from the class.

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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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If the school has come out and apologized, I would be willing to bet they are not telling the whole truth.  I think a lot of pressure was put on them when this made the news and they are now trying to cover their tracks.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  


TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 23, 2013 at 8:57 AM

 More than likely.

Quoting candlegal:

If the school has come out and apologized, I would be willing to bet they are not telling the whole truth.  I think a lot of pressure was put on them when this made the news and they are now trying to cover their tracks.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  


 

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM


The teacher probably kicked him out of the class. But the school probably did not suspend him.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  



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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

 That does make more sense, though he should not have been kicked out of class.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

 

The teacher probably kicked him out of the class. But the school probably did not suspend him.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  

 

 

 

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM
That seems to make sense.


Quoting brookiecookie87:


The teacher probably kicked him out of the class. But the school probably did not suspend him.


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.


 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  





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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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I agree.

There are countless ways this could have been handled better.


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 That does make more sense, though he should not have been kicked out of class.

Quoting brookiecookie87:


The teacher probably kicked him out of the class. But the school probably did not suspend him.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 Someone isn't telling the truth. The student says he was suspended. The school says he wasn't.

 If he was suspended then it definitely wasn't handled correctly. The curriculum clearly says "most will hesitate. Ask why they can't step on the paper". It was meant to open up dialogue. Not to force someone to step on the paper.  



 



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by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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I think the student is telling the media that he pretty much peacefully declined. His real reaction could have been much different to have him get kicked out of class. It could have been very possible the professor told the student something along the lines of "If you don't feel comfortable doing this assignment, feel free to leave the classroom." I have heard students been told that in college, that if they didn't want to participate, they can leave the classroom. It's not necessarily kicking the student out of the classroom, in college you are an adult and it's your choice if you want to leave. I think that is what happened, the student was told he may leave but took it as being "kicked out."
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Anonopotamus
by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM
The university isn't apologizing about the student, they are apologizing about the exercise.

Either the student is the liar or the Christan media this first popped up on is lying.
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-Rose-
by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM
At first I thought this was palm beach Atlantic university, which is Christian, I thought that was an odd thing to be assigned there, lol.
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