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March 22nd, 2013
Liberal college intolerance

Professor Makes Students "Stomp on Jesus"

A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor's directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word "Jesus" written on it. The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson in debate.

"I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated," student Ryan Rotela told television station WPEC. "I truly see this as I'm being punished."

Rotela, who is a devout Mormon, said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class told the students to write the name "Jesus" on a sheet of paper. Then, they were told to put the paper on the floor.

"He had us all stand up and he said 'Stomp on it,'" Rotela said. "I picked up the paper from the floor and put it right back on the table."

The young college student told the instructor, Deandre Poole, that the assignment was insulting and offensive.

"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 to do.'"

Rotela took his concerns to Poole's supervisor - where he was promptly suspended from the class.

Poole did not return calls seeking comment.

According to his university profile, he has a PhD from Howard University and is authoring a book titled, "Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero."

Imagine if the class assignment had been to "Stomp on Allah."  Something is very fishy at Florida Atlantic University.  

-W&J's Producer

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