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University Apologizes for 'Stomp on Jesus' Lesson
Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2013 | Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter

Posted on 03/26/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A Florida academic institution that had a professor tell his students to write the name Jesus on paper and trample on it has issued a formal apology for the lesson.

"This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused," said Florida Atlantic University, a multi-campus institution, in a prepared statement posted on its website.

"Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs." FAU also stated that "no students were forced to take part in the exercise" and "that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class."

Last week, it was reported at various online outlets that a student at FAU was suspended for refusing to participate in a class assignment from a textbook for an Intercultural Communications class titled Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.

The assignment called for students to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper, put the paper on the ground, and stomp on it.

Ryan Rotela, a junior at FAU who was enrolled at the class, told local media that he went to school officials to protest the assignment.

"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 Rotela to local media.

The professor who oversaw the class, Dr. Deandre Poole, is unaffiliated with FAU and is also chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

According to his profile on the PBC Democratic Party website, Poole is a member of Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ, Fort Lauderdale, where he belongs to the congregation's usher board.

Poole said that the exercise was meant to encourage debate. However, Rotela told WPEC that the whole incident was "unprofessional."

"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," said Rotela.

News of the "stomp Jesus" class assignment made the rounds in many social commentator circles, with many seeing it as another example of secularist anti-Christian sentiment.

Fox News commentators, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee questioned if any program at FAU would have allowed "Muhammad" to be written on the paper and stomped instead.


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: antitheism; arkansas; college; cultureofcorruption; deandrepoole; democratscandals; florida; floridaatlantic; jesus; mikehuckabee; naughtyteacherslist; obamaspeople; rickscott; ryanrotela; stomponjesus; university
And how much are Parents paying in terms of tuition for this course?
1 posted on 03/26/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So was he suspended or not? Oftentimes the press presents a he said / she said perspective when its too much work to find out what happened.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 3:02:54 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

BTW, A professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Davie campus named Deandre Poole teaches an “Intercultural Communication” class from a textbook by the same name.

The textbook calls for an exercise where students write the name of Jesus in large letters on a piece of paper and then stomp on it.

Prof. Poole is a Democratic Party Official according to the Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/article/fau-professor-stomp-on-jesus-incident-a-democratic-party-official


3 posted on 03/26/2013 3:03:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He should ask for forgiveness....not apologize...

His fate will be determined not by us, but by God....


4 posted on 03/26/2013 3:04:10 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: SeekAndFind

When will the prof be suspended?


5 posted on 03/26/2013 3:07:42 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SeekAndFind
Jonathan Ogungbenle
6 posted on 03/26/2013 3:14:54 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Paul Ryan 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

The standard libtard non-apology, apology.

These morons knew this would be offensive. Of course they did. They got negative flak and it backfired on them. Offer non-apology apology, talk about how great their university values are, now people will leave us alone.

They are utter Filth. I personally would love to see Jesus Christ put a piece of paper down with His name on it in front of that instructor and say, “Go ahead, stomp on My name.” I really would.


7 posted on 03/26/2013 3:16:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SeekAndFind

University Takes Action to Punish Student

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, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

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.”

Per: http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/university-files-charges-against-student-who-refused-to-stomp-on-jesus.html


8 posted on 03/26/2013 3:17:40 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Core Values they have none to allow this agenda!
Find a new University for you Kids!
Money talks and BS walks!
They made their stand with a no nothing professor who thought he could stomp on Christianity. Try stomping on Mohammad you sack of crap and we’ll see a jihad!


9 posted on 03/26/2013 3:20:09 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: SeekAndFind

I think anytime this kind of assignment is put out there anywhere, we need students to say, No, but I will stomp on a picture of a) you, the teacher, b) your mother, b) your father, c) your god, d) teacher’s diploma, e) the word Mohammed, f) the word Buddha, g) the word Satan

and see how that flies.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know how to post photos... But just Google Deandre Poole the professor and see how angry he looks!


11 posted on 03/26/2013 3:21:10 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SeekAndFind

Can you imagine what would happen if this intercultural class would say “Stomp on Mohammed, Stomp on Buddha, etc.”

I’m sure everyone gets my drift.


12 posted on 03/26/2013 3:21:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

Poll: Should ‘stomp Jesus’ FAU professor Deandre Poole be forced to resign as vice chair of the Democratic Party and from FAU?

Should “stomp Jesus” FAU professor Deandre Poole be forced to resign as vice chair of the Democratic Party and from FAU?

Yes to both
Just from the Democratic Party
Just as a professor
No to both

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/03/22/poll-should-stomp-jesus-fau-professor-deandre-poole-be-forced-to-resign-as-vice-chair-of-the-democratic-party-and-from-fau-56992

Should “stomp Jesus” FAU professor Deandre Poole be forced to resign as vice chair of the Democratic Party and from FAU?

Yes to both (76%, 3,292 Votes)
Just as a professor (18%, 760 Votes)
No to both (5%, 221 Votes)
Just from the Democratic Party (1%, 42 Votes)
Total Voters: 4,315


13 posted on 03/26/2013 3:25:27 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

“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.

True. Instead they isolated and silenced him.


14 posted on 03/26/2013 3:25:41 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: tired&retired

Deandre Poole

15 posted on 03/26/2013 3:27:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: tired&retired

Fla. Gov. Scott reprimands FAU, requests incident report on Jesus stomping

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is requesting a report on the incident that occurred at Florida Atlantic University last week, when a student was asked to stomp on a piece of paper with “Jesus” written on it. In a letter to Frank Brogan, chancellor of the Florida University System, Scott asked for an explanation on how the situation was handled and what FAU is doing to see that it doesn’t happen again.

“I just spoke to Ryan Rotela and applauded him for having the courage to stand up for his faith,” Scott said in a statement. “I told him that it took great conviction and bravery to stand up and say what he was asked to do was wrong, and went against what he believed in.”

The incident garnered national attention after the university first punished the student involved, then apologized for the assignment.

Scott’s letter to Brogan said the governor wanted an accurate accounting of what happened:

I am deeply disappointed in the recent actions of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) faculty that raises significant questions over students’ rights and the lessons being taught in our classrooms…

Whether the student was reprimanded or whether an apology was given is in many ways inconsequential to the larger issue of a professor’s poor judgment. The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 3:27:59 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SeekAndFind

The publishers have the right to publish the book, just as we have a right to do some consciousness raising about this abomination they call a text book, most likely purchased with the student’s parents’ money.


17 posted on 03/26/2013 3:29:24 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

All the university needs to do is write the name of Mohammed on a piece of paper and do the same and call themselves ‘Fair and Balanced’.


18 posted on 03/26/2013 3:30:57 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: tired&retired


19 posted on 03/26/2013 3:31:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: andyk
So was he suspended or not? Oftentimes the press presents a he said / she said perspective when its too much work to find out what happened.

Good point. Cut and paste journalism is no journalism at all.

20 posted on 03/26/2013 3:32:17 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind

By all means, please feel free to read and review this find “Stomp on Jesus” textbook. The Amazon reviews are kind of fun. But in all seriousness, we FReepers should FReep dumb textbooks like we do dumb polls.

http://www.amazon.com/Intercultural-Communication-A-Contextual-Approach/product-reviews/1412976898/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1


21 posted on 03/26/2013 3:40:03 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: SeekAndFind
re: “The University holds dear its core values.”

If a value is truly a core value, one notices its violation immediately. The the University administration and its crappy professors did not notice or acknowledge their violation of their “core values” immediately, but instead set about to punish the student who objected to the offensive exercise. That is until the light was shined onto their abusive behavior. If this sorry joke of a university were my alma mater, it would not get a second chance to get a dime from me.

22 posted on 03/26/2013 3:41:01 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: SeekAndFind

A complete lie. The only reason for the “apology” is that a large number of people contacted them.
The university hates Christianity and loves America-hating separatists.


23 posted on 03/26/2013 3:42:40 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: keats5

FORTY FIVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS FOR THIS BOOK !!! And kids can't find jobs after they graduate....
24 posted on 03/26/2013 3:44:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a member of COGIC...obviously his faith isn’t taken seriously as his stupidity


25 posted on 03/26/2013 3:44:45 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: tired&retired

Oh that angry look is only meant to scare the clerk when he goes into a 7-11 to hold it up.


26 posted on 03/26/2013 3:45:36 PM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: andyk

It appears a full resolution has been achieved, charges expunged, and class resumed under an “alternate professor:”

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/26/3307179/florida-student-declares-victory.html


27 posted on 03/26/2013 3:46:16 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs"

For example, just four or five years ago we hired a registered republican to teach Keynesian economics.

28 posted on 03/26/2013 3:49:02 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: keats5

LOL. Went to the Amazon site and the reviews are hilarious.


29 posted on 03/26/2013 3:56:49 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: SeekAndFind
"Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs." FAU also stated that "no students were forced to take part in the exercise" and "that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class."

A bald-faced lie, obviously at odds with the "exercise" this charlatan engaged in. FAU does NOT respect all religions, and welcomes people of CERTAIN faiths but not others. Students WERE forced to take part and at least one student WAS expelled, suspended, or disciplined for defying this bigotry.

Telling a lie on fancy stationery doesn't make it any less a lie. All it does is destroy any shred of credibility that facsimile of an institution has left.

30 posted on 03/26/2013 3:58:51 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks tired&retired:
"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.
...and the student is in fact suspended, whatever libtwist term is used to describe it.


31 posted on 03/26/2013 4:04:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: immadashell

Very Funny... was that sarcasm?


32 posted on 03/26/2013 4:06:07 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SunkenCiv

Google “Rozalia Williams” images... the deck is stacked!


33 posted on 03/26/2013 4:09:12 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SeekAndFind

This “university” should be comsidered a joke unless they fire that idiot profressor.


34 posted on 03/26/2013 4:21:49 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: tired&retired

I think I would be permanently PO’d if my parents (or mother) named me “Deandre”) as a male.


35 posted on 03/26/2013 4:25:47 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What kind of a course is this, that the students wouldn’t just walk out on? No normal person would sit there and watch something like this take place. If someone would, I’d question their sanity.


36 posted on 03/26/2013 4:30:20 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: matthew fuller

Just thought about that a little more- He(?) may have chosen that name him/herself.


37 posted on 03/26/2013 4:31:09 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m sorry... that I got caught. Lousy Christians...”


38 posted on 03/26/2013 4:55:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: matthew fuller

The meaning of the name Deandre is ‘Descendent of Andrew’


39 posted on 03/26/2013 5:06:26 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SeekAndFind

Davie southward is what lost Broward County to Obama. The early voting AND the mail in ballot AND the day of voting got all them 3 votes each for Obama.

I had to go to meet a colleague at a Davie Park and I was literally the only white person in anywhere in sight.


40 posted on 03/26/2013 5:48:29 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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Davie southward is what lost Broward County to Obama. The early voting AND the mail in ballot AND the day of voting got all them 3 votes each for Obama.

I had to go to meet a colleague at a Davie Park and I was literally the only white person in anywhere in sight.


41 posted on 03/26/2013 5:49:27 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: a fool in paradise
I've heard that the student who refused is a Mormon. Some don't consider Mormons to be Christians, a view not shared by me. How many Christians complied?

As for the sorry excuse for a " professor", he should be dismissed, regardless of tenure, and sued. I'm certainly glad that I'm not an alumni of that "school".

42 posted on 03/26/2013 5:59:35 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: SeekAndFind
As part of their 'sensitivity training' the idiot teachers at this college should write the word 'gay' on a piece of paper and stomp on it. Who knows, maybe the idiots will learn empathy... but I doubt it.
43 posted on 03/27/2013 9:21:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder if a civil court case could be made out of this?

At the very least, imo, the U could be sued for fraud, since it’s not exactly about education.


44 posted on 03/27/2013 10:05:25 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Dr. Deandre Poole - a chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, and his PBC Democratic Party website, Poole is a member of Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ

Being a typical Democratic - he fully demonstrates his hate of Christ Jesus and God Almighty, as does so many other Democrats. This is really sad. Christ did no violence against the Democrats, but they all hate Him so much. And why do they hate Christ Jesus so much - because they are sinners and guiltily of sin against a Holy God and they hate to be servants of Christ Jesus; rather, they prefer to be leaders over people and receive praises by men, rather than God.

Dr. Deandre Poole is working up wrath for the day of wrath when he and his fellow Democrats display such hate and wrath against thee Christ Jesus - God accounts and records every man's deeds, whether good or bad. It is a fearful thing to be in the hands of an angry God.

45 posted on 03/27/2013 9:31:29 PM PDT by AmbassadorForChrist
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