Florida Atlantic University Professor, Deandre Poole, instructed his Communications Intercultural students to write the name of Jesus in bold letters on a piece of paper and then stop on it…that’s right, stomp on it. Mormon student Junior Ryan Rotela did not comply with the professor’s request. Rotela said, “Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value.” A few days later Rotela spoke with FAU officials on his refusal to comply with the assignment – that got him suspended from the class. And according to The Daily Caller, “An FAU official defended the decision, telling WPEC-TV that the Jesus-stomping was part of a classroom exercise from a textbook: ‘Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.’” Should abstaining from a single offensive class exercise get you suspended? Isn’t this supposed to be a place that invites varying opinions and ideas? Shouldn’t “higher learning” involve thinking for yourself?
For all these professors who argue for their version of “separation of church and state,” an idea actually intended to protect the church from the government, not the other way around, it apparently doesn’t apply to stomping on one’s religion in class. Here is my question: did the textbook and professor instruct the class to stomp on the name of Mohammed and Buddha also? Or was it just Jesus?
There was no learning in this exercise. Professors and Universities are dead wrong in thinking will all believe this crap, this biased opinion, hatred and bigotry coming from our classrooms of higher learning. At least we have some courageous students like Rotela, who think for themselves and are willing to stand up to this.
WE must not stand by and allow our freedom of religion to be trampled or stomped on. WE must hold our professors accountable, with our phones, cameras and personal reporting. This is America, where we still have freedom of religion (at least for now), that must not be infringed on anywhere including our classrooms. Thank you Junior Rotela for exposing this all too common occurrence in our universities of higher learning.