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University Apologizes for Stomping Jesus
Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/23/2013 4:43:52 AM PDT by Kaslin

Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology for a classroom assignment that involving students writing the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and then stomping on the paper. The university also said the lesson will never again be used.

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

The university initially defended the Christ-bashing lesson which is included textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson 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.”

Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, was in the classroom and refused to participate — telling television station WPEC that the assignment was insulting and offensive.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: academia; antichristianbigotry; apology; collegesandunis; fau; jesus; multiculturalism; religion
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1 posted on 03/23/2013 4:43:53 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
They're lucky the instructor didn't have them write "Muhammad" on a piece of paper and stomp on it.

They would have had a jihad on their campus within hours.

2 posted on 03/23/2013 4:46:16 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Kaslin
I, for one, am sick up to HERE with all the damned insipid 'apologies' about everything !

And most often by the ilk who'll 'apologize' today with full intention of doing whatever it was again as soon as the heat dies down and/or no one is looking.

3 posted on 03/23/2013 4:51:16 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Kaslin

The college really should apologize for making parents pay to have their kids stomp on a piece of paper with anything written on it and calling it college level instruction.


4 posted on 03/23/2013 4:51:35 AM 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: Kaslin
Reminds me of Silence by Shusaku Endo, which tells about the Catholic missionaries and Catholic converts in 17th century Japan, who endured persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians").

When caught, they were ordered to trample on fumie, which were carved wooden figures of Jesus Christ. If they refused, they were tortured to death. This happened to thousands and thousands of Japanese Christians.

That's not what this university did, of course. But it's the idea that Christians can be pressured by symbolic acts to betray their Faith in Christ... a faith which is no longer tolerated by the power structure.

5 posted on 03/23/2013 4:59:02 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the REALLY sad thing about this....ONLY ONE STUDENT REFUSED!!!! THAT is DISGUSTING!!


6 posted on 03/23/2013 5:00:49 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Kaslin

What about students named Jesus? Wouldn’t that be considered anti Hispanic (and therefore racist)?


7 posted on 03/23/2013 5:01:12 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Kaslin

Where’s a picture of Deandre Poole?? I want to see that hideous person.


8 posted on 03/23/2013 5:02:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Kaslin
Deandre Poole, got caught. It was such a waste of time for the students and like the other FR posted; such a waste of money. We are suppose to be tolerate of religious freedom though this so called professor seemed to have a reason for doing this. Why say write Jesus in the first place. He just got caught.
9 posted on 03/23/2013 5:02:25 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Kaslin

The entire scene (of stomping religious symbols) is right out of “That Hideous Strength” (C.S. Lewis)


10 posted on 03/23/2013 5:02:37 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Yo-Yo

And the douche nozzle instructor who told them to do this (who, btw, is a local Democrat/socialist opperative, funny that’s not in the article) will not be fired or even repremanded.

They’re sorry. Sorry they got caught.


11 posted on 03/23/2013 5:04:25 AM PDT by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Teacher317
The entire scene (of stomping religious symbols) is right out of “That Hideous Strength” (C.S. Lewis)

Yup. First thing that came to mind for me too.

12 posted on 03/23/2013 5:07:16 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Ann Archy

13 posted on 03/23/2013 5:07:25 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: Ann Archy

“Here’s the REALLY sad thing about this....ONLY ONE STUDENT REFUSED!!!! THAT is DISGUSTING!!”

And they suspended him for refusing. I hope they apologized and ditched the suspension.

The test was supposed to be to generate the importance of religious symbols. It looks more like an excuse to scare students into betraying their religion.

In any event, EVERYBODY knows the importance of religious symbols. Why were college students treated as idiots with this insulting test?


14 posted on 03/23/2013 5:08:36 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Yo-Yo

There’s a pretty huge mosque just a stones throw away from this campus. They wouldn’t dare anyways, because Islam is the Left’s favorite religion.


15 posted on 03/23/2013 5:09:13 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Ann Archy

16 posted on 03/23/2013 5:10:01 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: Opinionated Blowhard

> The college really should apologize for making parents pay
> to have their kids stomp on a piece of paper with anything
> written on it and calling it college level instruction.

THAT is the apology that must be made.

I am a Christian, so I love Jesus. If people want to insult Him and disparage Him, even if they want to try to lead others to do the same, let them. Compared to God they are tiny, pathetic, shrill little creatures, but He loves them enough to have suffered the death of the cross for them.

However, if they try to exercise their violence and hatred on those of us who love God, then we must be prepared for that; either to be martyred, as were many of His saints throughout time, or to fight back, as Christians did in Tours and Vienna when threatened by the invading Moslem tyranny.

Which is the correct response? I would have to say that it depends on how the Lord is leading you. We have many examples of martyrdom and of armed resistance, both blessed by God.

But whatever happens, we must remember that, “We ought to obey God rather than men,” Acts 5:29.


17 posted on 03/23/2013 5:10:36 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Kaslin

“Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

Yeah I’m sure that statement is on their glossy brochure but it has been shown to be a lie. Sack the anti- Christian bigot who did this and then reprimand anyone else who had a hand in the the okaying of it. Then I might start to feel that there is some truth to the statement.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 5:12:10 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: melsec

http://www.catholicleague.org/why-not-stomp-on-obama/


19 posted on 03/23/2013 5:14:18 AM PDT by italianquaker
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To: Kaslin
A peek at the faculty listing shows Deandre Poole's email entry has been deleted.
But I did find this ...

20 posted on 03/23/2013 5:14:27 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Yo-Yo

“They’re lucky the instructor didn’t have them write “Muhammad” on a piece of paper and stomp on it.

They would have had a jihad on their campus within hours. “

Exactly..................


21 posted on 03/23/2013 5:16:15 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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22 posted on 03/23/2013 5:19:08 AM PDT by narses
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To: Yo-Yo

>>They’re lucky the instructor didn’t have them write “Muhammad” on a piece of paper and stomp on it.

The name being “Obama” or even “Michelle Obama” would have been much more interesting!


23 posted on 03/23/2013 5:21:39 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Kaslin

Almost straight from C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength”. The iconoclastic winnowing of the faithless at university level to serve the “Head”. A prescient novel dealing with the unholy melding of progressive academics and authoritarian government. Sounds like the instructor is a talent scout for the progressive machine, identifying those of faith, marking them for further attention and greater attempts to either corrupt or destroy them. The stompers get good grades and move to the next level.

This is the time of separating the goats from the sheep.


24 posted on 03/23/2013 5:21:42 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: oh8eleven

See posts #13 and 16


25 posted on 03/23/2013 5:23:01 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

The “prof” was a Phd (sic) from Howard.

What a joke.


26 posted on 03/23/2013 5:24:50 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin
We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused...

A classic non-appology apology. They didn't say "we're sorry we were so offensive". They are saying, "we're sorry you were offended".

27 posted on 03/23/2013 5:25:19 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Teacher317

Also reminiscent of the ‘Two Minutes Hate’ from 1984.


28 posted on 03/23/2013 5:26:07 AM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: Kaslin

“Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

Obviously they don’t.


29 posted on 03/23/2013 5:26:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

Vice Chair of the County Democrat Party. Enough said.


30 posted on 03/23/2013 5:27:12 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Yo-Yo

I wish one student had ther nerve to do that... but the sheeple are winning


31 posted on 03/23/2013 5:28:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Flick Lives
A classic non-appology apology.

The best classic is when someone "takes full responsibility" and then continues on as if nothing at all ever happened.

32 posted on 03/23/2013 5:28:49 AM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: Kaslin

He has DEAD EYES.


33 posted on 03/23/2013 5:28:51 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

Only one student refused because kids are taught to be compliant. Its the communist way.


34 posted on 03/23/2013 5:29:17 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

Left leaning professors here http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/IndividualDesc.asp?type=aca

The Worst School in America (Santa Cruz) http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=28053


35 posted on 03/23/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT by Haddit
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To: Kaslin

Everything is a symbol in this country. What if someone wrote gay “marriage” on a paper and stomped on it? Or a name dear to death cult members? Or the name of the current occupant of the oval office?
The outrage would be overwhelming.
The hypocrisy is overwhelming.


36 posted on 03/23/2013 5:32:49 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Ann Archy; Colofornian

“Here’s the REALLY sad thing about this....ONLY ONE STUDENT REFUSED!!!! THAT is DISGUSTING!!”

And that student was Mormon. Someone tell Colofornian.


37 posted on 03/23/2013 5:33:54 AM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Kaslin

Not good enough.
All these people should lose their jobs and the ripple should flow through all of thuggish, Godless academia.


38 posted on 03/23/2013 5:36:40 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: blueyon

I’m thinking that if I had been in that classroom, I would have first complained before the class had any chance to participate and then I would have written Mo’s name and offered it to the instructor to stomp on. Probably would have been tossed out at that point.


39 posted on 03/23/2013 5:37:53 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Kaslin
Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, was in the classroom and refused to participate — telling television station WPEC that the assignment was insulting and offensive.

No; this fella was NOT the only one to fail to stomp!

40 posted on 03/23/2013 5:38:00 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: blueyon

The university said they were trying to teach students how it felt to experience something culturally insensitive, and then the university was offended and authoritarian when a student reacted to cultural insensitivity.

Seems to me they are hypocrites on top of everything else, who were teaching something they themselves didn’t practice...tolerance. Like liberals everywhere it’s, “Tolerance for thee, but not for me.”

We need to turn our future generations toward cyper-education and break the monopoly liberals have on the field of education.

And conservative cyber-education sources have got to stop charging fees that might make sense for students using their brick and mortar campuses with utilities, insurances, desks, etc.

If they price it right, the students will come. And right-priced is a reduction for those not utilizing the university’s full resources.

They can revolutionize the training of the kids of conservatives (and others) if they’ll undersell the brick and mortar competition.


41 posted on 03/23/2013 5:38:19 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
That's not what this university did, of course.

But it's a START - to see what can be gotten away with...

42 posted on 03/23/2013 5:39:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ann Archy
Yes ma'am... I posted a similar thought yesterday when the story broke on FR.

What worries me even more is that I used to think that the rise of tyranny, like Nazism, could never happen in this country. Now I am not so sure...

The university should have suspended the professor!

43 posted on 03/23/2013 5:40:07 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Ann Archy

Meanwhile, we have a FReeper bashing Mormons at this very moment.
Obsessed with it.

I swear to God we are lost at times in not being able to see the forest from the trees.


44 posted on 03/23/2013 5:40:35 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: kitkat
. I hope they apologized and ditched the suspension.

...and are lining up some really GOOD lawyers!!!

45 posted on 03/23/2013 5:40:41 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ann Archy
"...I want to see that hideous person."

Five bucks says she's got at least one brother in jail, and has no idea who her Daddy is. LMAO!!!

;-\

46 posted on 03/23/2013 5:41:53 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Barbie O'Bunga ~ America's First Fly-Strewn, Maggot-Gagging Fag President")
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To: kitkat; Godzilla; reaganaut; Sentinal
Why were college students treated as idiots with this insulting test?

It mattereth not; for on the OTHER end of the country...






 
 
Professor Robert Millet        teaching at the Mission Prep Club in 2004  http://newsnet.byu.edu/video/18773/  <-- Complete and uneditted

 
 
Timeline...    Subject...
 
0:59           "Anti-Mormons..."
1:16           "ATTACK the faith you have..."
2:02           "We really aren't obligated to answer everyone's questions..."
3:57           "You already know MORE about God and Christ and the plan of salvation than any who would ATTACK you."


47 posted on 03/23/2013 5:42:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: mylife
Exactly right.
48 posted on 03/23/2013 5:42:57 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Westbrook

AMEN!


49 posted on 03/23/2013 5:43:15 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Sloth; jimt
Also reminiscent of the ‘Two Minutes Hate’ from 1984.

I thought it was 3?

50 posted on 03/23/2013 5:44:50 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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