Thursday, March 21

Was this Kid suspended for refusing to stomp on the word Jesus?

This may sound a little bizarre, but a college student by the name of Ryan Rotela, who is a junior at Florida Atlantic University says that he was kicked out of a class for refusing to stomp on the word Jesus.  He claims that his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole,  requested that the students write the word JESUS on a piece of paper, throw it in the floor and stomp on it. The class the professor teaches is intercultural communications.
Ryan Rotela claims that the professor asked the class to do this and he refused. Ryan is a devout Mormon and felt uncomfortable with the request. What happened next he says, stunned him. Rotela went to the professor’s supervisor to complain about the strange request, and then he says he was suspended.  Rotela was very upset and told his story to WPEC TV, which is a south Florida CBS affiliate.
Watch the interview here:
WPEC made an inquiry with the school and was given this quote: “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.
Photo Courtesy of WPEC- TV
Photo Courtesy of WPEC-
FAU says the instructor was doing a classroom exercise from a textbook entitled “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

If this is true, it is completely out of line. You should never ask a student to violate their personal religious beliefs for a class. Imagine if that were a Jewish Person, or a Muslim who was asked to profane the name of Allah. We have taken things too far.  It is true that a student does not have the rights to force a classroom to believe or teach what they believe based on faith. Nor do we expect that a student will get through college without having their beliefs challenged. However asking someone to literally stomp on their faith, and their own personal moral code is crossing the line. FAU should reinstate this student immediately, and the professor should be investigated. Bigotry of any kind is not tolerated in Universities supposedly, lets put your money where you mouth is FAU. Are you going to allow bigotry towards Christians? Does your definition of Bigotry cover Christianity as well?
If this story is true, then this young man’s rights have been trampled on. He should be issued and apology and reinstated at once.  Is this another part of the War On Christianity?

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