This post will be filed under WTF because I am at a total loss as to the point this professor wanted to make.
A university is under fire after a class assignment instructed its students to write the word ‘Jesus’ on a piece of paper, throw it on the floor, and then stomp on it.
Florida Gov Rick Scott has now demanded an investigation into the ‘offensive’ assignment after a Florida Atlantic University professor allegedly threw a student out of his class for refusing to participate.
Ryan Rotela, a junior at FAU’s Davie campus who describes himself as a de
vout Mormon, says it was his refusal to participate that led to his suspension.
‘Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value. So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value,’ Mr Rotela told CBS12.
The assignment instructed in Dr. Deandre Poole’s intercultural communication class was meant to demonstrate the power of words and symbols, according to the exercise.
This exercise is actually included in the school’s instructor’s manual where the students are to express why they would hesitate before stomping on the name JESUS.
The problem with this exercise is once any student does go through with the exercise, you have now crossed a boundary where the rights and respect for all religions is certainly being violated.
I can totally understand not believing in someone’s religion. That freedom to have your own belief is what this country was built on. This freedom is even written into the constitution.
So what exactly gave this professor the authority to ask his students to deface the religion of millions is not only stupid and insensitive; it also slaps the constitution dead in the face.
An investigation is definitely in order. And his teaching credentials should be revoked for life.