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Student Told to 'Stomp' Jesus Now Receives Apology

By Bobby Eberle

What is going on at Florida Atlantic University? The university has come under fire for its handling of one of its students. The student protested a class assignment in which he was told to stomp on a piece of paper with the word "Jesus" written on it. He refused. And what was the first course of action by the university? To go after the professor? No... it was to attack the student.

As noted at BizPac Review, the controversy arose when FAU student Ryan Rotela was given an assignment in his intercultural communications class. When Rotela said that the task offended his religious beliefs, rather than reprimand the teacher, the school when after Rotela.

In what was seen as a stunning development, the university appeared to be punishing Rotela after he drew attention to the controversial classroom assignment. Rotella was informed earlier Monday that he was being brought up on academic charges and could no longer attend class.

The charges leveled against Rotela by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams included violating the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, and threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct that 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.

However, those actions have backfired, and now the university is backpedaling.

As Todd Starnes writes for Fox News, FAU has now issued a formal apology.

“There will be no punishment,” said Hiram Sasser, Rotela’s attorney. “They are wiping the record clean for Ryan. They are reinstating him for a plan to complete the course without that professor.”

Sasser, the director of litigation for the Liberty Institute, told Fox News that the university was deeply apologetic.

“The university apologized profusely,” Sasser said. “One of the university officials told us lots of people were offended by the assignment and they were very sorry about that.”

And just who is this professor? His name is Deandre Poole. He is untenured at FAU, but in addition to teaching, Poole also serves as the vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

Interesting... whenever a conservative is in the media spotlight, the fact that he or she is a Republican activist or legislator is ALWAYS highlighted. Where's the similar scrutiny and publicity for Poole?

The Christian Post quotes Rotela as saying, "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."

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.

What is going on in society? The Christian Post rightful points out a comment by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who questioned, "[Would] any program at FAU have allowed 'Muhammad' to be written on the paper and stomped instead?" I'm sure we all know the answer to that question.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    March 27, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Columbia University motto “ In Lumine tuo, videbimus Lumen” = In Gods light we shall see the light
    Harvard Unixersity motto “Veritas” = truth
    Princeton University Motto “Dei sub numine viget” = Under God’s Power she flourishes
    Vassar College “Puritas et Sapientia” Wisdon and purity.
    Warren Wilson College Now # 2 ranked Liberal College – Founded by Presbyterians in 1894
    Florida Atlantic University motto; “ Where tomorrow Begins” – Well we all know where the Liberal Progressive tomorrow will lead us, namely separation of Church and God from America where your right to worship is extinguished by Progressive regressive truth stomping clog heads.
    Had the Christian founders of most American Universities and colleges been able to see how their Universities and colleges would be taken over and corrupted by secular socialists they would have stayed home and built barns instead.

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    • Peter NyikosComment by Peter Nyikos
      March 27, 2013 @ 11:34 am

      These old liberal universities don’t live up to their mottoes. The motto of Dartmouth College is “Vox clamatis in deserto” — voice crying in the desert — but with the media and Obama administration solidly behind political correctness, Dartmouth’s voice is that of the desert itself.

      The initial action of the university administrators reminds me of the moment in Gulliver’s Travels where Gulliver visits Japan and encounters an obstacle to an audience with some important personage: unless he hides the fact that he is British, he will have to trample on a cross to gain access.

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    • willmc777Comment by willmc777
      March 27, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      A socialist revolution is taking place in this country and the conservative opposition is bringing a pea shooter to a tank battle. Controlling the vast majority of Universities in the country, Liberals are churning out leftist teachers, lawyers, journalists, & politicians. Their Liberal doctrine is not open for debate, nor is free thought.
      Until Conservatives understand it is the hand that rocks the cradle, (or at least open and closes the school door) we will continue to see our Christian values eroded, along with our freedoms based on those values.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      March 27, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      This has been the plan since the day Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn entered the world of academia! Home grown TERRORISTS who knew that the way to turn our country to communism was through our children. And sadly, they are being proven right.

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      March 27, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

      @Cape Conservative, Anyone who has read the writings of Stalin, Marx, the communist manifesto knew. One of the steps of destroying a country is through education. The democrats follow the same steps that are in these communist writings to meet their agenda.

      This student should refuse to accept the apology and file a huge lawsuit, force the college to go bankrupt.

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    • 77fordComment by 77ford
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

      They need to clean house there and watch on them from now on and the rest 0f the collages and schools to see what they are teaching our children they need to stop teaching these coursers that do not teach them stuff to make a living and make them think about making our country and would a better place

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    • stshepherdComment by stshepherd
      March 28, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

      Really, it’s because the majority of the female faculty and deans, etc. are lesbians or uber-liberal feminists. Seriously. And they have these Universities held hostage because they- 1. Get affirmative action positions at the school and even as faculty simply by being women and WILL SUE FOR DISCRIMINATION IF THEY AREN’T HIRED. 2. The University knows FULL WELL that they WILL SUE FOR DISCRIMINATION, EITHER GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION-BASED IF THEY ARE FIRED- so they can do absolutely anything they want and be as hostile and vile and vicious (as lesbians and feminists almost always are)without any repercussion or accountability. That is the whole truth in a nutshell. I was actually kicked out of a graduate program at a supposedly CATHOLIC COLLEGE for refusing to read an ethics textbook promoting abortion and lesbianism (for an IT program!). I’m a doctor. I even appealed to the President of the College, who had studied to be a priest (!) and he didn’t even comment. I suppose I could have sued but it didn’t seem worth it to me. The name of the college is The college of St. Scholastica in Minnesota. Read Jonah Goldberg’s book- “Liberal Fascism.”

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  2. rustypatComment by rustypat
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    The charges leveled against Rotela by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams included violating the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, and threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct that 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

    It is one thing to have a rogue professor, but the Dean is supposed to have proper oversight judgment. It just goes to show how far we have come to needing more of a “pushback” than ever before. From Obama on down, there are a seemingly infinite number of individuals in positions of authority who have an agenda that only gets brought out or recanted when they get clearly caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

    By that, I mean the only reason the university apologized and corrected the matter for the student is because it became public and an embarrassment to the school. If it had been because the school had the integrity to do the right thing to begin with, the would have recognized the propriety of the student and the impropriety of the professor when they first reviewed it.

    So sad that the student had to involve an attorney, rather than trust the judgment of those is the position (Dean) to do so. The slippery slope has been sliding along for a very long time that has led us to where we are now. Kudo’s to the student for having the fortitude to do the right thing … and in a respectful manner.

    Obama-Nation is an Abomination.
    http://www.openbible.info/topics/abomination

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      March 27, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      “. . .the only reason the university apologized and corrected the matter for the student is because it became public and an embarrassment to the school.”

      The matter should not be forgotten with just an apology from the school. The people should demand that both the professor and the dean be terminated. It has become fashionable to commit any atrocity they desire, and IF it becomes known they simply issue an insincere apology and move on. Until we start insisting on accountability from this crowd of anti-American, anti-religious goons, this type of harassment will continue until it becomes so common that no one pay any attention to it any more.

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    • KBreedlove50Comment by kbreedlove50
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:33 am

      Associate Dean Williams accused Rotela of “violating the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, and threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct that threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.” Why didn’t she include terrorism? Schools use that against first-graders who nibble their Pop-tarts into the shape of guns. Rotela should thank God that having a degree is more important to future success than what the degree is, so he’s getting at least some value for his money.

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    • revmm57Comment by revmm57
      March 28, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      Amen and Amen, Rustypat! This is an incredible incident! However, it serves as a true barometric reading of our national anti Christian climate! In reading the responses of this magazine’s report and others, several, namely Rev. Mike Huckaby have asked this or a similar question “Had the students been told to print the name, ‘Muhammed’ on the paper, how many would have actually stomped it and what kind of national media response would it have produced?” That is a good, accurate and fair question. However, sadly, the answer to that question, I fear, would not be what we would like to hear! First of all, I seriously doubt that one of three would have completed the assignment out of respect to Mohammed or to the Islam religion. Secondly, the media would have had a field day of top priority coverage of such a terrible event and assignment by a professor of higher education. The professor would probably have been fired and the dean as well, and each student who completed the assignment would most likely have received the same punishment the one and lone student received who did take a public stand for Jesus Christ. This unfortunate event is simply a correct example of how far our nation has drifted from the ideology of our founding fathers and true Americanism. It is interesting to note the many comments of readers expressing the synominous view that this would not have made the headlines at all with the medial had a certain element of our society not reared high in protest and most likely had not the Governor of Florida made such an issue of it. I am proud of the student who chose not to follow the instructions of his anti Christian (most probable Islamic or athiestic) professor, and to take a public stand, alone before his classmates and professor for Jesus Christ. I am proud of his continual commitment to stand by his decision even in light of harsh punishment, which would have held had not such a public outcry been made against the intstitution. It is also interesting to note how that President Obama has been strangely quiet regarding this incident. Forgive me if I am wrong or incorrect, but it seems to me, that since his first bid for candidacy of the presidency, he has appeared to me to occasionally make references to himself as an opponant, vieing for messiahship, and referring to himself as an equal to or prototype of Jesus Christ. I sincerely hope not and I may have misread or misunderstood some of his inferrences and comments to have read this opinion into them, and I certaily hope this is the case. However, it seems to me that the Personhood of Jesus Christ has suffered a national setback in favorable opinion since Mr. Obama’s first election and subsequent reelection to our highest office. This is one among several reasons I did not vote for Mr. Obama in either election. And this has been a very serious issue for me in maintaining confidence in supposed Christian leaders such as the Rev. T.D. Jakes and other televgangelist who rode the Obama band wagon and gave him their full endorsement. I have not, since Mr. Obama’s election to the presidency, watched one viewing of Rev. Jake’s or any other of the supposed Christian tele-celebrity’s telecast or programming nor have I send any of them a penny of my money. This is what our national element of Christianity and Christian convictions have become reduced to, people who supposedly proclaim a risen Savior on Sunday and support a pro Islamic, liberal Christian extremist for president during the better part of the week on their television programming. Little wonder why this professor thought he could get by with such an assignment without objection! It stands to reason with him and every other agnostic or anti-Christian professor at that school and every other school in America. We have sown the wind, now we reap the whirlwind in America. This is only the beginning! Be prepared fellow Christians, our faith is going to be put to the test! Jeremiah 12:5 (KJV) “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

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  3. giant33Comment by giant33
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    People are starting to be heard about these devil work shops in colleges. We are not gonna take this BS anymore. We need more and more people to speak up. We need Bishops’to sound off more.

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  4. MongooseST3Comment by MongooseST3
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    This proves that most Universities are HAVENS for liberal progressives. Today these select Universities are havens for Poole’s types as an academic liberal who hides in ivory towers preaching to moldable young minds his spew. They think they are untouchable and invincible hiding behind the facade of a university when they have a class assignment to write Jesus on a piece of paper and stomp on it! I mean this takes the cake and now I have seen everything these liberal turds are capable of. “Intercultural communications class”….! What the H_LL is that! This proves the point where they invent classes to maintain their tenure and financial security of collecting a weekly paycheck all the time hiding in the security of the university façade. What practical knowledge application can one walk away with when taking this course? Ask a person who works in the real world and they will laugh, ask a liberal progressive professor and you will get $50 words and million answers about how beneficial their self-invented course is. I say it’s all BS and BAD FOR YA….

    These liberal progressive academics have disengaged themselves from the free enterprise capitalist system because it requires too much work on their part. They would rather teach, write and collect a check each week. They are true cowards. They don’t have what it takes to compete defend or stand. But god forbid if someone come along and says that their constitutional rights are threatened, the call them Republicants or paranoid, when their behavior is just an old tactic of putting the attention off of themselves and putting onto something or someone else. The reality is that the liberal mind is NEUROTIC. They hide in Universities because they would be exposed in the real working world. They never worked a day in their life.

    They open up their mouth to remove any doubt that Liberalism IS a MENTAL DISEASE. Ranks up there with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. In spite of all the data that shows their visionary fantasies and stupid remarks are all failures, they persist in this agenda, despite its madness, and therefore fall under the old saying insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. Yet, despite all the evidence against it, the modern liberal mind believes their agenda is good social science. It is, in fact, bad science fiction. Moreover the liberal always has scapegoats, far flung theories, distortions and above all LYING, to prop up and keep their mindless fantasies and doctrines moving, and when the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains, speaks of conspiracies and credulous statements seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.

    Liberalism is a MENTAL DISEASE, common sense is the cure. But as Ron White the comedian says……there ain’t no fixin STUPID in this case the same applies……………… There ain’t no fixin liberalism.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      I have been saying these exact things for years. I believe that we are going to be engaged in a real civil war someday soon. Only it won’t be between the north and south, but between conservative/Christians and the devotees of the marxist-secular humanism religion. Indeed, it will be a war between good and evil.

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  5. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Florida colleges are asking for an additional $118 million from the state of FL. I sure hope that somebody gets this out of control country back on a moral track.

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  6. librabobComment by librabob
    March 27, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    What is equally disturbing is the number of students in this class who apparently had no objection to complying with the professor’s assignment. This tells me the majority of our young people today have become sheep, blindly following liberal indoctrination with no moral compass of their own to guide them. I applaud Ryan Rotela for standing up to this atheist professor but where was the outrage from the other class members over this absurd assignment? How sad for our nation.

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:30 am

      It doesn’t surprise me since most college students have been indoctrinated with marxist-atheistic ideology from kindergarten in public schools. This attitude simply is the natural result from poisoning our children in public school.

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    • JudyComment by Judy
      March 27, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      I am so thankful for a young man who can still stand up for his beliefs. I hope there were others in the class who just did not become public.. I would pray the rest will have their eyes opened to the real objective in this class and that is to deny Jesus. By not using Mohammed or MLK in this assignment, they showed their true colors.

      There is no real purpose for this kind of class. I hate to think of all the parent’s hard earned money going into that guys pockets… Makes me sure I am going to my grand daughters college, interview the teachers, and check out the curriculum.. And she will also know what to look for.

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  7. southernpatriotComment by southernpatriot
    March 27, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Liberty Counsel did what they usually do, quite an excellent exemplary job! No too long ago they sent a brochure out to every public school principal in the USA, articulately describing that each school student retains their freedom of speech, which includes prayer, at school. They have a right to a “Bible club” if other clubs are allowed on campus, etc. Good group which actually does something to help this country retain its traditions and freedoms.

    I expect is not the last time, nor the last situation which will happen like this. Doubt it happens again anytime soon at FAU, but it may happen in Kansas or Ohio, or any other place next time. May we all be vigilant and respond next time to protect our Christian values, Constitutionally guaranteed rights, and what is right.

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  8. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    March 27, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    On the positive side, the only reason they backed down was because of the high level of outrage expressed by people like us, who wouldn’t let it go. In general, most conservatives tend to turn the other cheek, take the “higher ground,” and refrain from complaining or making a big case of issues. We assume the best of people, and mistakenly believe that occurrences like this Jesus stomping thing are just isolated incidents. Those days are over. Incidents like this are snowballing, and every time they get away with it, they up the ante. Jesus stomping is just one step away from Christian stomping. No one else is going to speak for us. The majority of the media and press are in the pocket of liberals. We need to make an issue of each and every anti-religious, anti-conservative injustice that occurs, and cry loud and long about these incidents until we are finally, albeit grudgingly, heard. We do have power, the internet does not belong to the liberals alone. We must use our literal and our cyber voices to disseminate, worldwide, what is going on under the cloak of the liberal media in America. Don’t like the way our country is being ruined by our liberal-run government? Then, why not our version of “Power to the People!”

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      April 1, 2013 @ 9:26 am

      Sadly this will be swept under the rug and nothing will happen to either of these dolts. The only way that they would receive the proper punishment for their actions would be with the loss of money from the federal or state government or from the people paying their tuition which would lead to their termination. But that won’t happen. Most people will be too busy watching some trash on commercial TV and drinking their big orange to be motivated to do more than shake their heads and no more.

      I wish Fox and O’reilly or Hannity (neither that I admire, but I do realize that they can bring the rain if it will get them some face time) or both would stay on this and keep it in the eyes of their public. Only the type of heat that they can bring will cause anything to happen.

      I didn’t, or haven’t received any response to my letter, not email, (probably not enough time for them to compose the proper PC response), to the state and this college and don’t expect one. They are going to keep their mouths shut after their “most sincere” apology and hope it will go away.

      I wonder if letters of outrage to their Senators would stir things up? I think I’ll give that a try.

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  9. tomyj1Comment by tomyj1
    March 27, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    When a college sports team is caught doing something improper,they are put on probation.What needs to happen here is the professor(?) and the dean (?)terminated,the school put on two years probation,no additional funds supplied by the state or the federal government.Do this or lose ACCREDITATION…

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  10. alamotexan7Comment by alamotexan7
    March 27, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    It sounds like we need to have these posted at every school of HIGHER Learning!

    The Ten Commandments

    Exodus 20:3-17

    1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor they maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor they stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    5. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    6. Thou shalt not kill.

    7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    8. Thou shalt not steal.

    9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

    10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ***, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.

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    • alamotexan7Comment by alamotexan7
      March 27, 2013 @ 11:01 am

      I now know that big brother is intrusive into our computers. The profile pic that is above is indeed a pic that I took! But I never ever posted it as my profile pic. I took it as part of a project that I am working on, it was never meant to be my profile pic. TO: All fellow Americans we need to stand up for what this country was founded on and what these Liberal’s are trying to do to this country is not going to stand. Spemper Fi !

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    • alamotexan7Comment by alamotexan7
      March 27, 2013 @ 11:22 am

      OK, I have now changed my profile pic the crystal point of light is my choice.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      April 1, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

      Alamotexan7, you can bet that the government is mining everything that comes across on computers, phones and probably smoke signals. I’d bet that almost everyone in here or on any conservative blog that isn’t pro Barry has a file on them. Big Brother is here and most people don’t even know what the phrase means.

      Bread and Circuses

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  11. JDZComment by JDZ
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    The progressive/socialist/communist strategy for taking over our country has been in the works for decades and parallels that being used by Muslims for thousands of years in many ways. The most obvious is the indoctrination/ brainwashing of our children by those running our our educational system from pre-school all the way through our colleges and universities. Even our Catholic and other religious sponsored colleges have been affected as was demonstrated by the accommodations given to Obama when he visited Notre Dame and Georgetown universities.

    The progressives almost have control of the country as the voting blocks they have conned into supporting their agenda is close to having the majority in enough states to dominate the national election which guarantees they will have the Whitehouse until more of the American voters wake up to what is happening to our country.

    America is headed into the phase of every democracy in the past that eventually failed when the majority of the voting public were in the category loosely called “takers” who figured out if they voted for, in our case, progressives/Democrats they can continue taking advantage of the declining number of taxpayers paying the bills. Eventually the house of cards falls and the country goes into chaos and then the XXXX is going to hit the fan and it is going to erupt into a war between Constitutionalists/conservatives and progressives/socialists for the future of the country.

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  12. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    The only apology of sincerity is to ‘decouple’ with Deandre Poole!
    That’s right folks, stop the garbage and FIRE Liberal Suppressionist.

    An even better idea would be Deandre Poole in a room, as he instructed me to stomp on a paper.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      March 27, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      or have Deandre Poole stomp on a word that is representative of his faith (or lack thereof!) Maybe LIBERALISM? or COMMUNISM?

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  13. bcobbwebComment by bcobbweb
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Who is calling for the resignation or firing of the Dean?
    Why would she suspend the student?
    Can she offer any reason why she should stay in her position?
    Has the “Professor” been suspended/fired?
    Evil needs to be ripped out by the roots, or it gets bolder.

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  14. countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    This is a good opening for us to shine a light on the outrage of liberal academic activism. Massive letter writing campaign? The OIC is successfully getting the UN to back its global sharia campaign. If someone wrote Mohammed on a piece of paper and did anything other than kiss it there would be rioting in the streets. There be absolutely NO political activism practiced by teachers in public schools at any grade whatsoever. This should go to the Supreme Court as it affects the mindset of citizens. Teaching should be entirely objective. Let’s fight people!

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  15. shafawnComment by shafawn
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I hope this university is sued. That seems to be the only thing that gets through to them.

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  16. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    March 27, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    If we are truly becomong a socialist regime(under Obama we surely are) why do people continue to vote for progressive politicians. I mean both democrats and republicans who are progressive. Too many free loaders. that’s why.

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    • shafawnComment by shafawn
      March 27, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

      Because we call them ‘progressive’ which sounds like wonderful progress. Progressive sounds like a hopeful positive change and it is anything but that.

      Do you think conservatives thought up the name ‘progressive’ for Communism?

      NO the communists came up with this word and we are just dumb enough to use it which only promotes their devices.

      Freeloaders good word
      Socialism? Obama is more Communist than socialist.

      They are trying to sell us on a ‘progressive’ global communal ideology.

      What it will really be is a dictator to rule the world.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

      Just so gm1919. I’d bet a shiny dime that the majority of the votes for Obama were of three types. First he’s black, second he’ll give us more freebies and third fraudulent. Maybe a fourth should be added….brain-dead.

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  17. kevinmc1953Comment by kevinmc1953
    March 27, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    Forget this trivia. Where are the calls for his dismissal?

    Punish the student until the heat is on, but no punishment to the Secular Humanist for imposing his beliefs onto vulnerable students?

    Your beliefs are ‘outlawed’ by the (Democrat) Secular Humanists so that theirs is the only belief that can be applied to the laws and activities of American society ! Fight Back! Demand his resignation! Demand HIS punishment. They are quick to punish the student and did not have the moral character to realize that he was right and the ‘teacher’ acted immorally and illegally. EVERYONE at this ‘school’ involved with this response should be censured or dismissed! Does this school get public funds! There should be an investigation and penalties! Make the RIGHT examples, NOW !

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  18. computerguyComment by computerguy
    March 27, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    STOP CALLING THE “LEFT” PROGRESSIVES! They are Statists and Oppressors. They are no more dedicated to real progress than Stalin was. It is only through freedom and a dedication to freedom that any great progress in the world can be made. It is freedom that will unleash the potential of the human mind not chains to some perverted form of “Political Correctness”.

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  19. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    March 27, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Judy, thank you for your lovely and insightful post. I would only add that, if possible, people should beg, borrow or get a second job to get their kids/grandkids into private schools and colleges. Find a parochial school of your faith or a private school which respects religious rights and is in keeping with your life-view. One very good thing about private schools is that parents have a lot more clout because they are paying the bills, not the government. We checkout our child care providers and babysitters, why wouldn’t we check out our schools just as vigorously? We are in a war for the minds and souls of our children.

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      March 27, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

      Certainly the university providing legal representation for this young man, Liberty University, is one to consider for higher education!

      Notre Dame fell FAR in my eyes when they not only had the president speak at graduation, but gave him an honorary doctorate…a man who VOTED FOR not saving the life of a baby who survived an abortion! A vote that goes against all that the church represents!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      April 1, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      Cape Conservative, they fell from my eyes in the 50′s when they broke Bud Wilkinson’s 47 game winning streak.

      I carry a grudge a long time.

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  20. gileyComment by giley
    March 27, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    These university professors who conduct themselves as promoters of anti-Christ liberalism are nothing more than bottom feeders with fancy degrees. Those who follow them are just as responsible for accepting this kind of conduct. Students should be mature enough to know right from wrong. Coercion goes on as well, if you do not think as I do and do as I say you get bad grade. There should be an immediate suspension by the management. Coercion is not accepatable in the real world and should not be in places of higher education. Mr. Rotela should be commended for his actions of doing the right thing.

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  21. bethcz8Comment by bethcz8
    March 27, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    This whole class exercise does not make any sense in how it could possibly provide any sort of education.

    Given the fact that FAU is a state-run institution, it should not have any opinion on religion – not pro, not against. This instructor’s opinions have no place in any state-sponsored classroom.

    Secondly, it has long been the case that any student could opt-out of any classroom activity which violated the student’s ethics or principles. In some cases, an alternative may be found, or in other cases the class is not suitable for that student. Such as, if a student has ethical concerns about lab-rats being killed after an experiment, maybe they can’t study veternary science or experimental psychology. They may be urged to drop the class or change their major, but not throw them out of school!

    Thirdly, the student did not do anything other than object. It wasn’t like he brought a gun into the school. The instructor does not have tenure. He was expressing his own religious view in the classroom, which was found objectionable by students in the classroom, violating rules and laws about freedom of religion. HE should have been fired, and the students be allowed to re-take the class for whatever it is – not a promotion of the teacher’s religious or anti-religious beliefs.

    Fourthly, the memo they sent Ryan that he may not contact any of the students in the class is in opposition of freedom of association.

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    • ksr1Comment by ksr1
      March 27, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      This is sweet, they really did put it in writing! Do I hear Lawsuit in the winds? To think, these are the ones who are suppose to be educated…Hmm Hmm…what a joke!

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    • Cape ConservativeComment by Cape Conservative
      March 27, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

      Perhaps if he were to sue for enough $$$, he could afford to attend Liberty University and pursue his education there.

      And then he could play it forward by possibly one day returning the favor by representing a student in need in the future.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      March 27, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

      “Poole said that the exercise was meant to encourage debate. However, Rotela told WPEC that the whole incident was “unprofessional”. No kidding? I wonder what they would call it if one of their professors demanded that the students stomp on our flag or constitution.

      Looks to me that the debate he wanted wasn’t held. Just what debate would come out of this assignment? Apparently it should be about blindly following the demand of some wacked out professor.

      I’ve got a debate I’d like to see him encourage. Let’s have him draw a picture of Muhammad and stomp on that. Maybe in Iran.

      Like others here say, this slob should be fired immediately. The school should lose all state and federal funding and the story run on the front page of every paper in Florida.

      Then I’d believe that they are sorry.

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  23. burningmanComment by burningman
    March 27, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    The student should have written down the professors name and stomped on that claiming that it is only a symbol.

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  24. msheilmanComment by msheilman
    March 27, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    ” that the university was deeply apologetic.”
    The university is “deeply apologetic” in advance of seeing their enrollment drop.

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    • shafawnComment by shafawn
      March 27, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

      Agree and in advance of that big fat law suit… they are deeply apologetic

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  25. papamonkeyComment by papamonkey
    March 27, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    In case you’re not away, the debasing of America IS God’s judgment. Think of a tug-of-war. God has let go of the rope and man is gleefully going away from Him.

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    • shafawnComment by shafawn
      March 27, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

      I believe because of prayer that there is still hope for Americans to turn back to God.

      God doesn’t set us up for defeat. There are many more for us than against us. There are millions and billions of angels on the ready stand by and God certainly wants to bless us and see America succeed. He hasn’t thrown in the towel. He hasn’t let go.

      If He had we would be dead because His mercy is all that keeps the devil from killing every one of us before the sun goes down.

      Absolutely EVERY good thing comes from God. I rejoice and count my blessings for all the good in my life because there will be none of that in hell where His enemies will be going. For this reason we can feel sorry for those being deceived.

      Pray pray pray every day that America will turn back to God. He gave us the power to overcome and everything we need to take back America is found in Christ who lives in us. God bless America. God turns us back to you for your glory and praise. Have your way and your will in our lives in America as your will is already carried out in heaven. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen

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  26. southernpatriotComment by southernpatriot
    March 27, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Liberty Institute sent a letter to the school promising legal action. Fox News broadcast the matter, giving great public exposure to the discrimination by the teacher. The school administration quickly changed the matter, allowing the student to complete the course without the professor, erasing all negatives from the student’s record.

    Governor Scott has communicated with the State of Florida University system to instruct them to investigate this matter to make certain this incident will not happen to another student again.

    Good things are coming forth not only for this student but also for future students.

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Good men are now involved. Evil will not win. Now let us also remind SCOTUS about natural law and God’s law and plan about true marriage, despite the Chief Justice’s lesbian niece being in the court room.

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    • SamCComment by SamC
      March 27, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

      southernpatriot, you said it! Thank you.

      “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

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  27. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    March 27, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    I applaud the Student, for standing up to what offends him, and not Submitting to the test of his values by his professor.
    The Bible clearly says, ” If you deny me before men, I will also deny you to my Father in Heaven”, AMEN.

    If a man does not stand up for his faith, beliefs, principals, rights, morals, values and his Family and Friends,
    He owns nor deserves any of them, and they can be easily removed from him.
    Stand fast to what you are, and what you believe, or you are merely a tumbleweed, being taken to where the winds wish it, without any sense of direction, or destination. Hell will be full of such. Turn before it is too late, Jesus comes through the clouds, and the door to salvation, and Eternal Life is shut to you.

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  29. sumitchComment by sumitch
    March 28, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Just in case anyone would care to write (email, fax) the Florida Department of Education to call for the termination of this nut job, like I just did, here’s their address. Our money, via our federal taxes goes to support this school, so we can all claim a vested interest in this school and its faculty.

    Florida Department of Education
    Office of the Commissioner
    Turlington Building, Suite 1514
    325 West Gaines Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399
    850/245-0505

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    • scallywagComment by scallywag
      April 1, 2013 @ 7:18 am

      I did and you can see my email further down and posted April 1

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  30. middlegroundComment by middleground
    March 28, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    As a retired second generation professor, don’t put the blame on the professors, put it where it belongs – Washington’s politicians and its bureaucrats. Prior to Washington’s intrusion into colleges and universities with money and edicts to achieve political goals, the role and mission of every college and university was similar. To expose students to the knowledge and skills of humankind through effective teaching; in research universities it was to add to and organize existing knowledge in the arts, humanities and sciences so as to teach new knowledge; and third to utilize humankind’s knowledge and skills to improve the economy and society. The cost of these government introduced objectives has been to grow sports as entertainment, a massive administrative bureaucracy and propaganda courses designed to peddle divisive ethnic and racial myths. This intrusion has tripled student tuition and fee costs, but remained hidden from outsiders who see only pretty buildings. What would have been handled by a special order assigning an additional duty to some officer in the military, has resulted in the creation of expensive offices, e.g. the Affirmative Action Office at UC Berkeley with a director getting $194,000.00 and a staff of 16 all of whom will qualify for Calpers benefits (wsj article).

    That English professor, like my father, still continues to teach lit and writing to students and geology professors, like myself, still teach how streams flow, glaciers accumulate and mountains are built as well as to do research in the subjects they teach. The difference between now and before I retired is that faculty, like students, are now expected to get grants with “overhead” money to feed the bureaucratic monster created by Washington politicians as well as local politicians like the one wanting students to stomp on the name Jesus.

    Even Hitler regretted allowing Nazi party to politically cleanse German universities because the PC residue weren’t able to turn out the weapons Germany needed to win the war and many of those purged were working on our atomic bomb. We didn’t need a Nazi Party to introduce a PC filter into our universities; we just allowed Utopian-minded and vested-interest political groups to add a filter in first the hiring of university administrators, then Title IX faculty hiring and finally 20 years ago the beginning of today’s mess.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      March 28, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      I agree with you in principal Middleground and believe that great harm has been done by the government to what was once the finest educational system in the world. Alas, not so today. The main problems today lie squarely with the government and the teachers union(s). California, which once had one of the top educational systems in the country, is now near the bottom. I wonder what caused this? There are any number of ways to promote a debate as a learning tool (debating teams for just one), so this was not his only option; it’s simply what he wanted; and the school tried to sweep it under the carpet to protect him. They share his guilt equally.

      I seriously doubt that any governmental politician or bureaucrat suggested or required this professor to put a picture of Jesus on the floor and demand that their students stomp on the image, so I can’t lay this at the feet of Washington or the teacher’s union.

      I’ll admit that I didn’t at first believe that Obama et al would be so brazen as to come out with the song used in some schools praising this egomaniac. But it turned out to be true and happened shortly after he took office. This was governmental propaganda being taught in our schools where it had no place (not that I believe that there is any place for propaganda). I believe that most politicians will do almost any underhanded thing they can do to get what they want, but this knocked me back on my feet. This professor’s “tool” falls in the same category.

      I have no idea why such a foolish thing would even be considered much less tried, but I’ll have to stick with what I’ve said before. Fire this idiot and make sure that no other school hires him in any capacity.

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  31. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    March 28, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    I am really tired of seeing God, Jesus, and Christians being plotted, against, and in a sense of completely annihilating all of them, and us.
    Christians unite, and email, write, or call the ACLU, and let them know we are tired of a very few changing the laws, customs, and Religion, for the many, and the super Majority.
    lets flood their site with requests for them to act in our behalf, and to bring back Christianity, Christmas, Easter, and any other religious Holidays to America, and fight for us and our complaints. As Americans and Christians, we too have our own Rights, which are being severely Violated.
    Their website is right below.

    http://www.aclu.org/

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  32. arclightComment by arclight
    March 28, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    The apology was due. The so called teacher should be fired.

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    • scallywagComment by scallywag
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:41 am

      Not only the so called teacher who never exhibited any of the characteristics of being a “teacher” but more of being a sadistic army drill instuctor and administrative person who punished he student! It is amazing to me that this happened at all, from the stupid, mean-spirited demand – and that what was it was – a demand to carry out the assignment or face severe consequences – to write JESUS on a paper and then step on it. Just the idea of the demand should result in some form of censure for Poole. But it was the student who was berated and punished! This is not a school and any public money going to it should be reconsidered. If private donors want to encourage this asinine behavoir by people posing as “teachers’ then let them but I wopuld object if one penny of my tax dollars went to this Dickens-like prison school for boys.

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  33. fedupwithbadgovComment by fedupwithbadgov
    March 29, 2013 @ 4:11 am

    I must be brain dead or something because I did not see anything that correlated to the “reasons” that the Dean gave for suspension of the student. This was apparently bogus from the beginning and the Dean used “boilerplate” rhetoric to justify the action which, in my reading of the events, did not apply.

    I also note the passion of each and every one of you who have posted comments to this article. Such vitality and outrage should be channeled into more than mere words on the net and taken to the “front line” to confront those who are responsible for such a reprehensible incident.

    The student’s rights were violated so where was the ACLU that loves to jump into the fray with their threats of legal actions and their “do gooder” rationale?

    In addition, an incident of such magnitude should have been National headlines in ALL media, yet we do nothing to curtail the proliferation of biased mediots choosing only those stories that suit their agenda of liberalism/socialism/obamaism. Take it to them as well. Write, call, email, and boycott their sponsors after communicating that you refuse to buy their products until they withdraw their support of such programming. Maybe then we’ll get something done to turn the tide and get OUR Country back on track toward repairing the damage done.

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  34. countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
    March 30, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    This outrageous incident has generated some of the most thoughtful and well-articulated arguments to date on this site and that’s saying a lot. I’ve shut down my Facebook and try to ratchet down my opinions or even valid observations on email and cell phone conversations, particularly after researching the actitivities of the Missouri Fusion Center mentioned by Rand Paul in his brilliant 13-hour oration. Many of us are more likely to fit the new definition of terrorist than an imam granted unmonitored group worship services in prison. Look at Great Britain and Canada’s laws on hate speech, follow the experiences of Mark Steyn, and ponder whether any of your electronic conversations could be used in a liberal court of law on charges of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, hate thought, inducement to violence (making students stomp on the name Mohammed the prophet would meet that criteria, but not when using the name Jesus) … I am considering a website as a dumping ground for all the hypocrisy I find in liberal beliefs, statements and actions but do not feel in any way completely “free” to do this without assuming scrutiny that could all too easily turn me into a criminal overnight just as so many people who want to engage in honest public dialogue about Islam won’t do so out of legitimate fear for their lives. Is GOPUSA a safe zone? I see many, many urgent pleas here to inundate the school with demands for a full explanation of the purpose of this highly offensive (to unhappily use a childish pantywaist liberal term of dialogue control I despise but you have to use their own words against them as they either don’t understand or twist ours into new meanings that benefit their cause) exercise, the grounds for punishing the student, the rationale behind allowing a Democratic Party activist a public school teaching position and why the administration initially gave this clearly discriminatory incident less attention than a gun-shaped pop tart. We well behaved conservatives don’t traditionally clog the streets with protests or commit other attention-getting acts (even then, pro-life marches or Glenn Beck rallies get far less msm coverage than anything the liberals do) and so msm is winning the perception battle that we are a dying breed. So use the address given in one of the postings, deluge the university and community with complaints, STOP calling these idiots “progressives” when their true aim is the ultimate downfall of Western civilization, engage on the Comments section of all major liberal blogs, esp. NYT as it reveals how rabidly hateful these alleged humanitarians are and how determined they are to rewrite the definitions of racism under the guise of “inclusiveness.” And, to risk instant alienation by many posters here, the more your arguments are limited religiously to the grace & humanity we achieve through Christ, and more on the societal harm evident in decades of heavy-handed liberalism, the better your chances of wider dissemination, encouraging others to speak up and not being dismissed as ignorant. Before someone jumps down my throat, PLEASE consider our struggle to keep the Koran out of our Bill of Rights and the historical abuses of Christianity in the medieval Catholic Church, the degradation of native cultures worldwide by well-meaning missionaries, the Salem Witch Trials and worst of all-the perpetuation of slavery during the Age of Enlightenment and the use of Christianity to justify it. These ugly moments of history are not going to go away no matter how we try to disassociate ourselves and it provides anti-Christians with a ton of rationale for their hatred and rejection of organized religion (except for Islam, of course, because they’re classified as oppressed people of color). The conservative’s only chance for turning the tide is in working harder to incorporate similar objectives with the strong black Christian and Hispanic Catholic communities who are likely not at all supportive of many of the anti-family platforms of the Democratic Party. How does the rich, white GOP help the downtrodden through charity and well-paying jobs provided by big corporations? Who provides thetax base for social programs? These are the facts we need to present. Put our money and our intellect where our Bible verses are.YYesterday I responded to an ad on Rush and got a woman claiming to represent the National Tea Party. When she started talking about the “physical cliff” I had to stop her and try to explain the importance of getting it right or risk discrediting an entire movement. She was very nice but clearly confused. Use spell check and don’t expect a Bible verse to topple a disbeliever. Our faith must give us strength but also sense. Jesus made coherent arguments to gain adherents but especially to win the argument itself. We have to do more than just make each other feel good-granted there IS strength in fellowship, we need to expand this strength beyond the circle and turn it into power.

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  35. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    Enjoyed reading all the comments. Even a non-religious person like me has the common sense not to write the name JESUS on a piece of paper and then step on it. It is such an infantile class assignment and clearly disrespectful not only of others but of Judeao-Christian values which do form the foundation of our nation.

    I would think this Poole would be reprimaned just for that. Essentially being an idiot. Clearly, he was just enjoying himself in a sick voyeuristic way, to see students carry his childish “assignment” out.

    Yet the school did not only NOT do that but harshly reprimanded the only student who challenged and complained about it.

    One doesn’t need to be a Christian to refuse this assignment but apparently everyon else did it. That one student took offense at doing it so enraged the teacher that he managed to bring the school’s administration down on his head.

    That alone should be grounds for firing the “teacher”. He is acting in the very antithesis of what a teacher should be. And the University did not recognize that and instead treated the student as a low ranking soldier who did not obey his superior officer in carrying out his duty! Simply appalling and is standing the concept of “education” on its head.

    This story is so important to understand how utterly misguided Universities have become to what is their mission.

    This Poole- who also is the Chairman of the local Democratic Party must be fired.

    The administrator who harshly reprimanded the student should be fired.

    The head of the college and of the Department this Poole operates in should be made to answer and explain themselves as to why the school treated this as a student disciplinary situation and not a gross outrage by a teacher in showing such insensitivity and even Hate for the Christian faith and indeed a figure many believe is the Son of God.

    It is a much more serious episode in the degrading of our Nation that anyone can imagine.

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  36. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:57 am

    This is a biography of the administrator who harshly ands severely pubished the objecting student. She is a black woman.

    Dr. Rozalia Williams is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs on the Broward Campuses of Florida Atlantic University. She earned the Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a concentration in higher education administration. She earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Florida International University.

    A college administrator for over 25 years, she has devoted her professional career to creating, implementing and evaluating student development programs in a multicultural, multi-campus university setting. Dr. Williams specializes in student retention and persistence counseling; preparing high school students and their parents for college; and facilitating human relations and diversity training. She has served as an Exchange Scholar and Field Reader for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Higher Education Programs, and is the author of the College FAQ Book: Over 5,000 Not Frequently Asked Questions About College!

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  37. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:59 am

    These are the e-mails and telephione numbers of the school heads

    Dr. Corey A. King
    Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
    561-297-3542
    cking14@fau.edu

    Terry Mena
    Associate Dean of Students
    561-297-3546
    tmena@fau.edu
    Dr. Artyce-Joy Chase
    Associate Dean of Students (Northern Campuses)
    561-799-8521
    achase@fau.edu

    Dr. Rozalia Williams
    Associate Dean of Students (Broward Campuses)
    954-236-1236
    rcwillia@fau.edu

    Joanna Ellwood
    Assistant Dean of Students
    561-297-3546
    jellwood@fau.edu

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    Mailing Address:

    Associate Vice President & Dean of Students Affairs Office
    777 Glades Road
    Student Services Building (SS #8), Room 226
    Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
    Phone: 561-297-3542 ~ Fax: 561-297-2502

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  38. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 1, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    This is the email I sent to all of the FAU staff yiu see above

    Exactly what are you running at FAU?

    To: Torcwillia@fau.edu cking14@fau.edu tmena@fau.edu 2 More…

    Does anyone at FAU understand the underlying principles of what education is all about? From the episode involving Deandre Poole, FAU student Ryan Rotela and Dean Williams, it appears they do not.

    The facts of this case stand the meaning of education upside down on its head.

    An instructor issues a classroom assignment that is, on its face, completely out of line and simply disrespectful in the most basic way, of many people’s religious beliefs. A more intelligent teacher would never have thought it up. But a person who has an agenda or has no respect for the most cherished beliefs of others might and Poole is that person. That highly objectionable order for students to write JESUS on a slip of paper and then stomp on it, is however, only the tip of the horror story at FAU.

    One student, Ryan Rotela, objected to this imposed guinea pig test Poole thought up for his class to what, amuse himself? And that refusal by Rotela so outraged Poole that the student was sent to Dean Williams. That should have been the end of this absurd tale as Dean Williams should have recognized the inherent problems with Poole’s assignment, but the exact opposite happened and this is where FAU stands to be reprimanded to the fullest degree possible.

    Dean Williams supported and sanctioned not only the cruel assignment, but severely punished a student for speaking his mind and objecting to such a distasteful “order”.

    Dean Williams, in her decision, failed Education 101. She sided with Poole and saw this as a disciplinarian issue. How dare Ryan Rotela question Poole. Rotela was clearly “out of line” and must be punished. And she threw the book at him.

    This is not what an American University is . A madrassa in Pakistan, yes, but in no way has FAU showed itself to be worthy to consider itself a place of learning.

    Dean Williams failed the basic concept of Education in her complete lack of understanding of what education is about, while Poole seems to have no interest in it at all. He should never be entrusted with young minds again.

    Both should not be in a university setting. They simply do not understand what it is or why it exists.

    Perhaps they would do well in a “problem school” for misbehaving students who attack teachers. But not a proper university where the emphasis is on learning and where questioning authority when it is wrong or unjust is supposed to be encouraged.

    The fact that the threat of a lawsuit was the only reason, some sanity was brought to bear on this episode, makes it even sadder.

    So which is FAU? A University of learning or a detention center for students who do not know their place?

    And are you going to hire educators or continue to employ guards to maintain discipline among the inmates?__________________________________________________________________________________________________

    ps: If you wish to respond by facing the real issues this incident has exposed, please do. But if you intend to send me politically correct language taken out of some adminstrators handbook, please do not waste either of our time.

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  39. southernpatriotComment by southernpatriot
    April 1, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Let’s see…the Dean supports the teacher in his Constitution-Bill of Rights violating assignment. Punishes the student who objects on religious grounds. (I will reserve my comments about the numerous other “Christians” in the class who went along with this stupidity, but apparently they really are non thinking heads of mush).

    Fox News put out a segment on it. The good folks at Liberty Institute (Counsel)sent a letter to the Dean and FAU, detailed the court cases all decided in favor of the student in similar situations, and reminding the school and Dean the horrible publicity this would earn for FAU, which prides itself in being “inclusive.” (though “inclusive” does not seem to include Christians, who are the majority of the school). This letter from Liberty Institute, coupled with Fox News publicity of this incident, then moves the Dean to do what should have been normal and quick–a reversal of the discipline, erasing any negatives on the student’s record, getting the student out of this idiot teacher’s class, and allowing the student to complete the coursework in a different environment.

    Why did it take national publicity and Liberty Institute providing court case information and stating they would represent the student in future action (a disguised, “We will see you in court.”) to have the Dean do what she should have done at first? What is wrong with FAU, the teacher, and the Dean? Some folks need to be disciplined and/or fired.

    Kudos once again to the fine folks at Liberty Institute who once again stand up for liberty and the rights of Christians. Literally, thank God someone is.

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  40. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Cape conservative: I also respected Notre Dame but not now. I cheer for thsir sports teams but am livid with their leadership. To invite Obama who is a pro-gay, anti life and racsist is appaling. If I were n alumni I would give them Zero dollars!

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  41. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    “If man is not governed by God, he will be ruled by tyrants”. I think it applies more than ever today. William Penn was a patriot. Barrack Husein Obama is a tyrant.

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