A Florida Atlantic University student has been suspended for
refusing to trample on Jesus' name.
According to Ryan Rotela (pictured below), a Mormon, his
Intercultural Communications professor forced his students to
write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then stomp on it as part
of a “lesson in debating.” Rotela refused, picked up the
paper from the floor and placed it back on the table.
“I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious
rights desecrated,” Rotela said. “I truly see this as
I'm being punished.”
Though professor Deandre Poole was
supposedly trying to teach the students “a lesson in debate,”
the student found the assignment to be offensive and insulting.
“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,'” Rotela said. “'I believe it
was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me
The Boca Raton, Fla.-based university,
which is defending the professor, later suspended the student.
Update (just in): The University has
backtracked and apologized. The student will not be
punished by FAU.
Did the professor go too far with this
lesson? What are your thoughts?