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March 25, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Just in time for Holy Week, this “Stomp Jesus” story has developed some intriguing twists and turns. To recap, here is a quick synopsis from last week’s Tatler post titled ‘Jesus Stomping’ FAU Professor is Democrat Party Vice-Chairman in Palm Beach County, FL”

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.

Enter Ryan Rotela, a student in the class who happens to be a devout Mormon. Rotela refused to stomp and complained to Professor Poole, telling him, “Never do the assignment again because it’s offensive.”  Rotela also told the professor that he was going to complain to the university.  Then, according to Rotela, FAU responded by suspending him from Poole’s class.

FAU, when asked about the incident by local television station WPEC, then issued the following statement:

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.

Shortly after, it was first reported by a local Palm Beach County website called Biz Pac Review that Professor Poole is vice-chairman of the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County.  That news was greeted by a big yawn from most in the media. One can only imagine if the professor had been vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party and students were made to stomp on any number of prominent religious figures, but that is another story.

OK, now you are up to speed on the news from last week, so here are the latest developments.

Late on Friday, March 22nd, Fox News and the Palm Beach Post, among others, reported that FAU finally had released a statement of apology:

FAU officials issued a statement of apology, saying the exercise was optional and that no students had been disciplined as a result of it.

“This exercise will not be used again,” the statement continued. “The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

But the story does not end there.

More on the next page.

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.

Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, National Review, The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, RedState, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding. . Myra's web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams

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Intellectual exercise. A professor stands up in a public university in a class and says, "Okay students we're going to do a little exercise today I'm going to tell you a joke and then you wander around campus and repeat it" This is the joke: What does "gay" stand for? Answer: Got AIDS yet?
The professor's house would be vandalized, his children threatened in school. He would be fired and brought before hate crimes tribunals and blacklisted forever.
But Jesus, He's fair game. Submerge his image in urine, stomp on his name, mock and ridicule him. This is a world gone mad, a moral madhouse.
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Among Liberals, bigotry against Christianity and Catholicism in particular, is not just acceptable, it is fashionable. I wonder what [SPIT] Deandre Poole would have done if the victim had written "mohammed" (fleas be upon him) or "Obama" on a card and stomped on that. All in the interest of Academic Discourse, of course.

I hope the victim, Ryan Rotela, sues collects, and is then able to attend a decent college.
1 year ago
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I still say the student should have written "Chicago Jesus" and THEN stomped on the piece of paper.

The professor's reaction would have been a "teachable moment."
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“Why was there only one student in the class who found stomping on Jesus objectionable?”

There are few with courage in all of Congress, why would you expect to find much courage in one classroom?
1 year ago
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Let us see how bravely politically correct this professor is and in all fairness, He should have a , ''STOMP Muhammad'' day.
1 year ago
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Try the assignment with the name 'Allah' or 'Mohammed' Ms. Poole. Stand on the courage of your convictions! It's just an exercise, after all!
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In the '80s it was popular to celebrate "the Long March" through the institutions accomplished by '60s radicals. An echo of Mao's long march, it recognized that the radical left had seized control of many cultural institutions, but especially academia. It was so easy and fun to "epater la bourgeoisie" while getting fat on public funds. The question is what is going to happen first: a reawakening of American patriotism or a collapse of the economy that underwrites all of this nonsensical BS. Either way, academic absurdists need to have their sails trimmed.
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The G-d of heaven, and earth who made the word flesh does not need me to defend it. That is why Christians don't go around murdering, and burning villages in the name of their G-d.

What so called Christians did 1400 years ago does not make them Christian, and if some individual murders in the name of Jesus these days, he is condemed by true Christians. Beat ya to it.
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Christians do not do that. Not everyone whom you think is a Christian IS ONE. A True Christian is to walk in love to his enemies and speak the truth to them even if they attack him. AND THEY WILL.
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Today's students just now entering into colleges/universities has been under a full scale brainwashing attack for 13 or so years by a liberal/leftist educational system. Today's colleges are producing America's version of 1930's German "Brown Shirts". Humiliate, vilify, then demonize those that do not agree with you.
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Here is how this exercise could have been made objective:
1. Instruct each student to write down a name they greatly revere and try to emulate, whether the figure be religious, historical, cultural, or political. As long as the name is well known and important to them.
2. Tell them to stomp on it.
3. This way, the Christians stomp on Jesus, the Muslims Mohammed, and the atheists Obama or Marx. We get equal opportunity stomping.

But of course we all know the answer to why this objective procedure would have never been followed.. This was never an exercise in tolerance, or breaking down barriers or taboos, it was a naked exercise in anti Christian bigotry.
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I don't think that Jesus would mind being stomped on;after all, he was crucified. What would happen at a Muhammad stomp?
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Jesus forgave His enemies. Muhammad not only murdered his, but taught others to do the same, those who insulted his self appointed prophet-hood. Muhammad was a narcissistic beast. Jesus was Not an arrogant ass.
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Why do parents pay an arm and a leg to subject their kids to psychological, emotional abuse?
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Because their kids are not college material and are therefore unable to major in one of the disciplines that would save them from 90% of this nonsense.

Once upon a time, a degree in ANYTHING was worthwhile. Today, unless your kid is smart enough to get a STEM degree, or major in something like finance, they're wasting their time trying to go to a 4 year university. The degree they will get will not only be worthless, they'll have to endure years of this sort of evil indoctrination, and they'll be up to their eyeballs in debt before it is over.

Far better to get a 2 year vocational degree and be gainfully employed.
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Even STEM degrees have to deal with this BS. For examole, U of MD Aerospace Engineering undergrad degree requires 6 credit hours of Diversity courses.
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