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University Files Charges Against Student who Refused to Stomp on Jesus
http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 03/25/2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/25/2013 5:11:39 AM PDT by massmike

A Florida Atlantic University student who filed a complaint against his professor after he was ordered to stomp on the name of Jesus has been brought up on academic charges by the school and may no longer attend class.

The “Notice of Charges” against Ryan Rotela is contrary to a statement the university released late Friday night saying no one had been disciplined as a result of the classroom activity.

“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 university said in a prepared statement.

However, according to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.” “We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”

The Liberty Institute wants Rotela reinstated with full credit for the course – along with an apology.

(Excerpt) Read more at radio.foxnews.com ...


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1 posted on 03/25/2013 5:11:39 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Chicago thug tactics, plain and simple.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 5:15:05 AM PDT by Buffalo Bob
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To: massmike

I guess that they did not really mean their apology over the weekend.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 5:15:18 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: massmike

Liberalism is a satanic cult and this is more proof.

Pray for America


4 posted on 03/25/2013 5:15:27 AM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: massmike

bttt


5 posted on 03/25/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Buffalo Bob

Won’t see a “Stomp on Mohammed” class, now will we?


6 posted on 03/25/2013 5:19:59 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: massmike

I know if I were still working, any resume that came across my desk with FAU on it would be shitcanned.


7 posted on 03/25/2013 5:20:38 AM PDT by Gaffer
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8 posted on 03/25/2013 5:21:06 AM PDT by narses
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To: massmike

Until taxpayer supported tenure is abolished,nonsense like this will continue.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 5:21:35 AM PDT by allendale
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To: massmike

Dr. Rozalia Williams (left), associate director of multicultural affairs for FAU Broward.

Any bets if Rotela is not "multi-cultural" hence the punishment?

10 posted on 03/25/2013 5:23:56 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: massmike

This needs to go viral. Fire up your email chains, FReepers.


11 posted on 03/25/2013 5:31:01 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: raybbr

Oh, she’s black. What a surprised. I’m just blown away with shock. Really...

/sarc (is this really necessary?)


12 posted on 03/25/2013 5:35:30 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: elcid1970

“Won’t see a “Stomp on Mohammed” class, now will we?”


I’d rather stomp on dog doo than dirty my shoes with the image of that POS.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 5:35:47 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: massmike

The thing that really bothers me about this case is that the professor was supposed to be dealing with different communications issues about different beliefs.

“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.”

So, when the student objected, that was the time to have the class discussion about why he was objecting and to deal with the issues of the day at that time. The fact that he did not makes me wonder what he was really trying to do. Or was he just another incompetent professor?


14 posted on 03/25/2013 5:36:28 AM PDT by Republicanprofessor
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To: 2nd amendment mama

ping............

Are you believing this? What in the world are we coming to?


15 posted on 03/25/2013 5:37:05 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: massmike

The 1st ammendment guarantees freedom of speech...except at work, school or in public. Speech at work of school should be protected unless that speech definitively damages the institution or workplace.


16 posted on 03/25/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: massmike
Of related interest:
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.

Dig a bit deeper and the dots start to connect.

17 posted on 03/25/2013 5:44:10 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: massmike
Read “That Hideous Strength” by C.S. Lewis... in one scene of the story, Mark, one of the characters of the story, was required to stomp on a crucifix with an image of Christ as part of his “Objectivity” training. Mark worked for the N.I.C.E. institute, a cobble of twisted minds who believed that science could save the world if only faith in God or religion could be eradicated from human consciousness... The novel has sadly become reality.
18 posted on 03/25/2013 5:44:16 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: massmike

Get a lawyer and sue the school,
and the professor, personally,
and the director, personally,

and attach any property they have, houses, cars, bank accounts, pensions, etc,

to the lawsuit.


19 posted on 03/25/2013 5:44:54 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: massmike
What's interesting to me, is here is the actual lesson quoted from 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.”
If the professor had actually gone by the lesson plan, the students refusal to perform the offensive act is exactly what was supposed to happen, triggering the discussion of cultural norms/offenses.

It sounds like the professor deviated from the lesson by forcing the students to stomp on Jesus' name, and in doing so inserting his own agenda/beliefs into the lesson. I wonder what the university's intructors policies have to say about that?

20 posted on 03/25/2013 5:48:13 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Republicanprofessor

“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.”

The sadder but truer lesson for adults is after stomping on the paper with the name of a probable icon is:

Why in the world would you follow that instruction blindly?
Does this have any meaning to why tragedies are committed by blindly following idiots in power?
Would teaching adults the meaning of refusal to follow orders be an important concept in a free society?

DK


21 posted on 03/25/2013 5:49:55 AM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: raybbr

Doctor...hahaha...more like AA fraud.


22 posted on 03/25/2013 5:50:36 AM PDT by Post5203 (Please name me a sucessfull city or country run by a "person of color".)
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To: Buffalo Bob

Where do these people come from? Zimbabwe, Mexico, Columbia?

My crystal ball tells me that there will be lawyers flocking to the side of this young man.


23 posted on 03/25/2013 5:50:54 AM PDT by tiki
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To: massmike

Stomp on Martin Luther King.


24 posted on 03/25/2013 5:51:52 AM PDT by Palio di Siena
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To: massmike

Take this one to the Supreme Court. Our Leftist academic institutions need to be punished for employing professors with such outrageous bigotry toward Christians.

And really, are Christian parents going to keep sending their money and their children to Florida Atlantic, where its employees are so hostile to Jesus? No, true Christians won’t.


25 posted on 03/25/2013 5:52:59 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: massmike

Lawyer up and sue them.


26 posted on 03/25/2013 5:53:22 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.b)
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To: Palio di Siena
Stomp on Martin Luther King.

...or a rainbow flag!

The professor would be standing in the unemployment line as we speak...

27 posted on 03/25/2013 5:54:27 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: massmike

We need ANOTHER American Revolution - REAL bad and REAL soon!


28 posted on 03/25/2013 5:56:31 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: massmike

“Rozalia Williams” and her brainchild. Guess every student matters except Christians.

http://www.studentlifematters.com/


29 posted on 03/25/2013 5:58:30 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: massmike
This is what happens when liberals gain control of anything, but in the end this will NOT go well for the school - bank on it.
30 posted on 03/25/2013 5:59:56 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: massmike
...Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

Those are pretty serious charges. I have to wonder what exactly he did or said to warrant a charge like this. Could just be that the university isn't in sync, the department handling the situation their way and the university admin handling it their way. Either way, it doesn't speak well for the university.

31 posted on 03/25/2013 6:00:45 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: massmike
"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."
32 posted on 03/25/2013 6:00:51 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: massmike
"...you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,”

He should hire an attorney and file suit against the University. Then his attorney can "contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means.”

33 posted on 03/25/2013 6:12:59 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The Constitution does not guarantee public safety, it guarantees liberty.)
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To: massmike

Just more hapless souls trying to disprove God in their life.,

Kinduh like trying to dismiss your Mom and Dad.


34 posted on 03/25/2013 6:17:27 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: rarestia

She’s not black but, rather, a different shade of....


35 posted on 03/25/2013 6:19:35 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: massmike

The fascists are in control. When the left is in power they show who they really are - totalitarian, brutal, fascist dictators. Under their rule, there is no freedom of thought. Dissent is punished severely.


36 posted on 03/25/2013 6:20:06 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: massmike

This is so wrong on so many levels it is hard to describe.
THis School is the poster boy for anti christian Bigotry.
The student should be reinstated immediately.if not, the school should lose all Govt. Monies and all fed. loan monies.
The “Professor” should be fired sumarily, with no Benes no retirement.


37 posted on 03/25/2013 6:22:45 AM PDT by chatham
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To: chatham

The university, and more to the point, the professor and the director that are punishing him,

should be made to pay for his education at an institution of his choice anywhere in the USA.


38 posted on 03/25/2013 6:24:50 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: dps.inspect; massmike
That's right --- I had forgotten that scene in "That Hideous Strength" --- a books which should be on everybody's reading list, by the way.

And for those who like accurate historic fiction, try "Silence" by Shusaku Endo. It's about the suppression of the Catholic missionaries and Christian-believing Japanese in the 17th century.

This is exactly what the Tokugawa Shogunate did: required people to stomp in figures of Jesus Chris and the Blessed Virgin Mary. If they refused, they were tortured to death. Happened to thousands.

I read it about 30 years ago and still call it to mind from time to time: excellently written litarature, not egregiously graphic or lurid at all, but in the heart, disturbing.

39 posted on 03/25/2013 6:43:22 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: massmike
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40 posted on 03/25/2013 6:52:22 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: massmike

Time to call the Governor of Fla.


41 posted on 03/25/2013 6:52:33 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: swamprebel

Rick Scott is a moderate republican, but he is up for re election, and will most likely want this to go away fast!


42 posted on 03/25/2013 6:55:05 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: Dark Knight

“The sadder but truer lesson for adults is after stomping on the paper with the name of a probable icon is:

Why in the world would you follow that instruction blindly?
Does this have any meaning to why tragedies are committed by blindly following idiots in power?
Would teaching adults the meaning of refusal to follow orders be an important concept in a free society?”

Interesting take.
I actually “get” the object of the lesson the instructor was working toward. The ridiculous part is the method employed- it seems juvenile for a college level course. Is rhetoric and argumentation too much to ask from the good professor? Do we really have to rely on cheap stunts to get our points across?


43 posted on 03/25/2013 6:57:42 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

I would use this as an example of why the value of degrees for the recently graduated has taken a nosedive. The unemployment rate as a function of time since graduation, field graduated in, and level of degree answers so much about the pervasive high unemployment rate and who they are actually competing with.

The competition for the newly graduated in some fields is the better qualified without degrees.

DK


44 posted on 03/25/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: Republicanprofessor

The assumption is that every student holds Jesus sacred. If the assignment were truly about what it claims to be about, it would direct students to write the name of a figure sacred to them and stomp on it. Otherwise the effect is unequal because an atheist asked to do this is in an entirely different frame of mind. So the stated purpose of the assignment appears to be a lie or disguised attempt at brainwashing and breaking down ONLY CERTAIN belief sets.


45 posted on 03/25/2013 7:11:12 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: massmike
“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”

______________________________________

Can they legally prevent him from contacting the other students in the class?

Interesting that they frame it as "the students involved in this matter

46 posted on 03/25/2013 7:14:40 AM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: massmike
sent to rcwillia@fau.edu

suggestions from Louisiana

Stomp on Martin Luther King.
Stomp on Muhammad.
Stomp on Pope Francis.
Stomp on your children.

47 posted on 03/25/2013 7:22:41 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: Casie

... I cant believe I did not include “Stomp on Obama.” Ahhh! I stink at this Saul Alinski crap.


48 posted on 03/25/2013 7:26:32 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: massmike

Florida professor: Obama an 'apostle' sent to create 'heaven here on earth'
http://www.examiner.com/article/florida-professor-obama-an-apostle-sent-to-create-heaven-here-on-earth

While over at Florida A&M they're following Apostle Barack. Amazon reviewers stomped this book.

49 posted on 03/25/2013 7:48:11 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: ZULU

Rozalia Williams
3725 South Ocean Drive, Suite 923, Hollywood, FL 33019
Phone: 954-457-8098 | E-mail: Registration@StudentLifeMatters.com


50 posted on 03/25/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberalism: knowing you're better than everyone else because of your humility. -- Daniel Greenfield)
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