Today Fox News reports:
University Files Charges Against Student who Refused to Stomp on Jesus
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 report continues:
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.”
Obviously, this story has “legs” so you can expect to hear more from FAU and student Ryan Rotela, a Mormon who has become a hero among Christians.
More from today’s Fox News report:
Rotela told Fox News he has been overwhelmed by the support he’s received from Christians across the nation.
“The response and support I have gotten has been beautiful and uplifting,” he said. “I have never seen such a strong wave of Christians thank me for this. Looking back – the whole incident was one of the best and worst moments of my life.”
This local incident has gone national because it ties together cultural, political, religious, and educational issues. Additionally, the timing of the story with Holy Week arouses the passions of those who believe in defending their faith against an increasingly secular culture, especially in the classroom at all levels.
In my first post on this incident, I asked what would have happened if Professor Poole had decided to use Mohammed’s name for a class stomp instead of Jesus’s name. I think we all know the answer to that (how about “international incident” for starters?).
Now in this second post, here is a follow-up question: “Why was there only one student in the class who found stomping on Jesus objectionable?”
That question is worth pondering anytime, but especially during Holy Week.