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FAU student says he was suspended for not 'stepping on Jesus'
cbs12.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Al Pefley

Posted on 03/26/2013 1:10:28 PM PDT by grundle

DAVIE, Fla. -- A student at Florida Atlantic University's campus in Davie says he couldn't believe what he and his fellow students were asked to do by their instructor three weeks ago.

Ryan Rotela, a junior from Coral Springs at FAU, said what happened was an insult to his intelligence.

He said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class at FAU told everyone in the class to take out a piece of paper, write the word JESUS on it in bold letters, and then put the paper on the floor and stomp on it.

Ryan said while some of his classmates did it, he did not. He told the instructor, Dr. Deandre Poole, that he was offended by what he wanted him to do.

"Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value," said Ryan.

Ryan said he's a Mormon, goes to church every Sunday and considers himself a very religious person.

He said two days later, he went to Dr. Poole's supervisor, an associate professor at FAU to discuss his concerns. Ryan said since the incident, he has been suspended from the class.

FAU sent us a response by e-mail, saying, "Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate."

FAU says the instructor was doing a classroom exercise from a textbook entitled "Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition."

The school would not say if the teachers would face disciplinary action.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: fau; veryoldnews

1 posted on 03/26/2013 1:10:28 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word *PROGRESSIVE*, it says that the word has no value.

Edited for truth.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 1:14:57 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: grundle

Next week we stomp on a picture of Mohammad. Let’s see how that works out.


3 posted on 03/26/2013 1:15:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: grundle

Sue.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 1:16:49 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: grundle

Why was he really suspended?

How many people go to college and do not complete an assignment, then are suspended?

This was an assignment, and he chose not to complete it, that does not warrant suspension, so again why was he really suspended?


5 posted on 03/26/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

He was suspended for his religious beliefs.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 1:19:03 PM PDT by tioga
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To: grundle

Is the lamestream media just realizing they need to report this?

I thing the internet made the story impossible to ignore- everyone was talking about it DESPITE no news coverage.

they are just at the back of the parade yelling “follow me”


7 posted on 03/26/2013 1:19:50 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: grundle

There is a world of difference between teaching a student HOW to think and WHAT to think.


8 posted on 03/26/2013 1:21:52 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: SkyDancer

Or the word ‘Obama.’


9 posted on 03/26/2013 1:22:04 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: grundle

This has already been resolved. Student NOT suspended or charged. Profuse apologies from the school, which will not allow this “lesson” to be taught ever again. Student is finishing the course with a different prof. Only bummer, the un-tenured prof still working.

IT’S OVER, according to a thread here earlier today.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 1:22:36 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Vaduz

I believe that this is “old news,” because the university has now apologized to the student for it’s actions.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/university-apologizes-for-stomping-jesus.html


11 posted on 03/26/2013 1:23:03 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: grundle

Here’s the earlier thread;

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3000907/posts


12 posted on 03/26/2013 1:24:14 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: tioga

How do conclude that?

He is a self professed mormon, and he was suspended for not completing an assingment.

There are dozens of self professed Christians, who do not complete assignments that are not suspended.

So why was he really suspended?


13 posted on 03/26/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: LibWhacker

Meh - Obama? He’s nothing now. Even the Liberal press seems to be turning on him. All he can do now is go on vacations.


14 posted on 03/26/2013 1:26:36 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: grundle

“Intercultural Communications”, a disguised name for multiculturalism, which is a desguised name for anti-Judeo-Christianism. They’re getting bolder by actually requiring the students to take part in blasphemy


15 posted on 03/26/2013 1:26:49 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Hmmm... seems to me there will be a movement that requires that you renounce Jesus or you won’t be able to participate in society.

The Fat Lady’s warming up, folks.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 1:28:13 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: LibWhacker

. . . and where might the ACLU be while all this is occurring?


17 posted on 03/26/2013 1:28:49 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Mr. K

This story is five days old (look at the date).

It is now outdated, as the University has relented under pressure and “un-suspended” the student.

Don’t know why the OP dredged it up, and posted two versions of the same old story in a row.


18 posted on 03/26/2013 1:30:40 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: tioga

http://news.yahoo.com/student-now-suspended-complaining-jesus-stomping-assignment-223212111.html

Sounds like he was suspended for being a jack a$$


19 posted on 03/26/2013 1:31:51 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

I don’t know how you reached that conclusion from the article you posted.


20 posted on 03/26/2013 2:04:44 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: svcw

Sounds like he was suspended for going to the teacher’s boss and raising a stink.


21 posted on 03/26/2013 2:16:46 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

It sounds to me like they tried to punish him for loving Jesus and giving Him respect.

Our society one day will make it very painful to people who admit to being followers of Jesus.


22 posted on 03/26/2013 2:42:32 PM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: GilesB

Did you read it?


23 posted on 03/26/2013 2:55:59 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

Let me see...I asked what in the article made you think the guy was a jerk (my word).

So, either I read it or you think I’m a moron.

Which is it?


24 posted on 03/26/2013 5:06:05 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

Well, I didn’t actually ask, but the question was certainly implied.


25 posted on 03/26/2013 5:08:39 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

Since the article explains the guys actions, suspended him but then rescind that ruling.
I say, you didn’t read it.


26 posted on 03/26/2013 5:27:19 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

Since nothing in the article indicates anything about the student being a jerk. Since I stated I didn’t see anything to merit your characterization, since you deflected the question - I say you’re full of it!


27 posted on 03/26/2013 5:55:39 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: svcw

Did YOU read it???


28 posted on 03/26/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT by GilesB
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29 posted on 03/26/2013 6:00:15 PM PDT by narses
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To: GilesB

Oh, good grief.
From the article:

The student, devout Mormon Ryan Rotela, now faces a litany of academic charges and may no longer attend class, reports Fox News Radio.

The allegations against the junior include “acts of verbal, written or physical abuse; threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion; or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

Rotela’s attorney told Fox News that the professor, Deandre Poole (who is also the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party), may have felt threatened when Rotela said of the Jesus stomping, “Don’t do that again.”

Rotela also reportedly said, “You’ll be hearing from me.”


30 posted on 03/26/2013 6:45:39 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw
Yes, that is from the article I read, and I read it exactly as you excerpted it - SO, my original (implied) question remains, what in that excerpt justifies your characterization of the young man as a jack@$$?

The fact that the school laid a whole litany of generalized charges? Does that make him a “jack@$$”?

Or because Rotela said, “Don't do that again”?
Or because he said, “You'll be hearing from me.”?

Or maybe because he's Mormon? Or Christian? Or male? Or a student? or a junior?

From your earlier post, maybe it's because the school made allegations which they later withdrew - THAT makes him a jack@$$?

I am still left dumbfounded by your original post - exactly WHAT made you think he's a jack@$$? Or were you being sarcastic and implying that the school gave him the “jack@$$” punishment?

I am truly left puzzled, and your exasperation at my question leaves me more so.

31 posted on 03/26/2013 7:07:10 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB
This what I said, after I posted the link:

Sounds like he was suspended for being a jack a$$

You, asked a question about something I did not say.

"Sounds like" is speculation, not a conclusion.

If it were a conclusion, I would have said: he was suspended for being a jack a$$.

32 posted on 03/26/2013 7:12:04 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

OK, to humor you, what made you “speculate” that he was a jack@$$?

You are parsing words far too finely. Your usage of the term “sounds like” is more often meant to state a conclusion than to offer a topic for consideration.

NEVERTHELESS - you continue to evade the very simple question, which is not materially altered by your latest spin.


33 posted on 03/26/2013 7:30:40 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

His behavior, as I quoted from the article clearly states.


34 posted on 03/26/2013 7:36:29 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

Exactly WHAT did the quote clearly state about his behavior? (Not the allegations, but his behavior)

I don’t see it. So just quit evading the question and give a simple answer.

A simple answer would be in this format: He did _____________, and _____________, and ______________. Which makes me think he might be a jack@$$.

All you have to do is fill in one or more of the blanks.


35 posted on 03/26/2013 7:52:57 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

You read the article, it states the charge.
Guessing you have read other articles, the charges were brought because of his behavior.
It is no skin off my nose if you do not think that he appears to be suspended for being a jack a$$, of course the suspension was reversed.
My original post (read back though the thread) was: why was he really suspended?
Last time is appears he was suspended for his behavior.
Maybe, you should think about something else, the school caved and he is back in class.
Oh, and I am not going to fill out your silly little form.


36 posted on 03/26/2013 8:04:04 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

OK, I guess my hunch was sound. I didn’t jump to the conclusion, I let you prove it:
YOU are the jack@$$/


37 posted on 03/26/2013 8:15:53 PM PDT by GilesB
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