Florida College Student Expelled After Refusing to Step on ‘Jesus’ By Liberal Professor

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The Left lies when it says all it wants is a religiously neutral country. In fact, the Left – which has taken over most of America’s educational institutions – is actively hostile to traditional religion. Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, discovered this the hard way when he was suspended because he refused to write Jesus’ name on a paper taped to the ground and then stomp on Christ’s name.

Ryan Rotela
Ryan Rotela

Speaking to a Florida CBS news station, Rotela explained that Dr. Deandre Poole teaches a class called Intercultural Communications. As one of the exercises he gave the class, Dr. Poole told students to write Jesus’ name in big letters on a sheet of paper, tape the paper to the ground, and then stomp on Jesus’ name. Rotela, a devout Mormon, was horrified:

I said to the professor, ‘With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I just do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate, I believe it was unprofessional, and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.’…. If you were to stomp on the word ‘Jesus,’ it says that the word has no value.

Rotela’s polite, but sincere, objection made no headway with Poole. Instead, when Poole refused to back down, forcing Rotela to speak with Poole’s supervisor, Noemi Marin.  Following this conversation, Rotela was suddenly told not to return to Poole’s class.

Prof. Deandre Poole
Prof. Deandre Poole

Who is Deandre Poole, the man who uses public school classrooms and taxpayer money to force students to attack Christianity?  He is a typical American academic.  His webpage at Florida Atlantic University is a perfect example of meaningless academic jargon:

Deandre Poole teaches courses in intercultural communication, ethnicity and communication, leadership and communication, and organizational communication. His research focuses on the role mediated messages play in shaping individual attitudes and beliefs concerning issues of justice and inequality, and examines how leaders, organizations, and other influential authorities dominate and oppress marginalized groups of people. Currently, he is authoring the book, Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero, to be published by the Edwin Mellen Press. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Poole is actively engaged in various community service projects throughout Palm Beach County.

There is only one nugget of useful information hidden in that pile of words: Poole’s hostility to Jesus may be explained by the title of his soon-to-be-published book: Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero. This local Democrat leader and molder of young minds may believe that Obama is the true deity – a socialist Godhead — making Poole’s classroom exercise an effort to demean any God figures other than Obama.

When pressed, Florida Atlantic University released a statement that was neither an explanation nor an apology. Instead, it was simply a lot of hot air about alleged academic freedom:

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.

Having refused to confirm this blasphemous event, to deny it, to apologize for it, or to explain it, the University then went ahead to state that whatever happened in the class that day wasn’t Poole’s fault. Instead, said the University, Poole was just following an exercise from a book entitled Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.

The book is a mind-numbing, jargon-filled academic treatise about differing methods of communication and different communication styles between people and cultures. Although the publisher has not responded to requests about whether Dr. Poole was precisely copying an exercise from the book, it’s possible that, in the chapter controlling non-verbal communication, the authors said that a class might practice showing non-verbal disdain for a person by physically “stomping on his name.” Given Dr. Poole’s background – a Democrat American academic who worships Barack Obama — it seems likely that the anti-Christian context was something Poole thought of all by himself.

America has tens of thousands of schools and universities. If this was merely an isolated incident, it wouldn’t deserve any attention. It’s not, though. It is part of the Leftist takeover of American education. As part of that takeover, America’s schools now work overtime, at every level from kindergarten on up, to turn students against God, Country, and Constitution.

In the months after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Americans have been exposed to endless stories about schools run amok in the efforts to destroy the Second Amendment at schools, even if that means attacking pizzas, and cupcakes, and strawberry pastries, or suspending students who bravely act to stop an attempted murder. The sudden prominence of these stories doesn’t mean that the schools have just started acting in this anti-American, anti-Christian way. This is old stuff.

For decades, American schools have been working hard to drive God and the constitution out of the classroom. They’ve taken the First Amendment prohibition against the federal government creating a religion and used that same Amendment to justify having the federal government destroy Judeo-Christian religions. The Founders believed in God, and they believed a country survived best with a population that believes in God.  It’s the Left that wants to destroy religion and morality, and force children to believe only in the government.

Dr. Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson

No wonder conservatives are excited about Ben Carson. This soft-spoken man, who rose from poverty to become one of the premier pediatric neurosurgeons in America, understands that morality cannot exist without God — and that a country cannot be free and stable without morality.

Dear Mr. Conservative,

The story about florida atlantic university is true I called the school. please post the phone number so people can call they are getting a lot of calls and e-mails the phone number is 561-297-3450 please post this
thank you
Ed Ford

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