In a college professor’s mindless exercise to have everyone “stomp on Jesus”, a student who objected to the demonstration of disrespect and refused to participate was later kicked out of the class when he objected to the professor’s supervisor.
Everyone else in the college class did not questioned what the professor ordered and did what the professor said. The students did not have a problem following the instructor’s directions which points to another sad issue, what were they thinking?
Professor Deandre Poole directed the students to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper, and stomp on it. To top it off, the class is an Intercultural Communications Class which is allegedly designed to spread respect, tolerance and understanding among cultures.
Student Ryan Rotela, who is also Mormon, found the exercise offensive and told the professor that he believed the activity was inappropriate. Rotela told the professor, “I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate. I believe it was unprofessional and I am deeply offended by what you told me to do”.
In liberal institutions of higher learning, it is difficult to understand why intolerance of Christian values is given a pass, however any demonstration of disrespect toward the sacred cows of liberals are given special treatment. Imagine what would have happened if a conservative teacher instructed students to make the same demonstration towards gays.
Professor Poole’s supervisor, Noemi Marin gave this canned response on behalf of Florida Atlantic University, “As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many prospectives, in direct relation with the course objectives”.
Interesting response, however Rotela’s view did not meet the accepted guidelines for criticizing Christian values and was removed from class for complaining. It obviously is not acceptable to have a different opinion than the professor’s or the school regarding “stomping on Jesus”. This is an inconsistent value for a “intercultural” communications class. One need only to show respect or tolerance towards issues the intellectuals approve is the underlining lesson.
Indoctrinating students towards one thought defeats the purpose of education where supposedly different ideas are presented where the students can decide for themselves. Orchestrating and directing a negative response from everyone seems very dictatorial and more indoctrinating. It’s disheartening more students did not challenge the professor’s obvious bias. You can bet the professor doesn’t believe in Christianity.
Meanwhile student Rotela is still waiting for an apology of some type either from the professor, professor’s supervisor, or the school. He still was offended by the action of the professor, however he apparently is not going to receive any redress as other students who were offended intentionally or unintentionally by inappropriate activity.
Hypocrisy is once again exposed in the interfaith arena.