[Rushtalk] Dem Party official makes students 'stomp on Jesus'
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Dem Party official makes students 'stomp on Jesus'
'Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of
Democrat Deandre Poole picture
A Florida college professor causing national outrage for requiring
students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, then put it on the floor
and stomp on it, turns out also to be a top official in the local
Democratic Party – the latest in a string of acute leadership
Although one student who refused to participate claims he was punished
by being suspended from the class, Florida Atlantic University is
defending the controversial assignment.
The dissenting student, Ryan Rotela, told the local CBS TV affiliate
WPEC that his instructor, associate professor Deandre Poole, told
everyone in the class to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper in
bold letters, then put it on the floor and stomp on it.
Rotela, a junior from Coral Springs, said some of his classmates
complied, but he refused.
“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,” he told WPEC.
A religious Mormon who attends church every Sunday, Rotela complained to
school officials but said they responded by suspending him from the
According to Florida Atlantic University, Poole was conducting an
exercise from the textbook “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual
Approach, 5th Edition.”
A synopsis of the lesson plan in question, obtained by Fox News, goes
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of
paper Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in
front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about
it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step
on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper.
Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
Grove City College professor Paul Kengor, author of “The Communist:
Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor,” told
Fox he wasn’t surprised by the “lesson.”
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ –
empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they
often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional
Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor told Fox, saying classes
like the one at FAU reflect “the rising confidence and aggression of the
new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern
Kengor added: “Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with
the name of Muhammed.”
It turns out, the “stomp-on-Jesus” professor, Poole, also has a
prominent position in local politics. As Bizpacreview reports, Poole is
vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.
Moreover, this isn’t the local party’s first brush with negative
The former chairman of the county Democratic Party was forced to resign
in September after comments he made at the Democratic National
Convention last year in Charlotte, N.C.
As WND reported, Mark Siegel reportedly told an interviewer Christians
who support Israel want to see Jews “slaughtered.”
Siegel was quoted as saying, “Oh no, the Christians just want us to be
there so we can all be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second
coming of Jesus Christ.”
And two months earlier, a Democratic Executive Committee member from
Palm Beach County also slammed Israel. Evelyn Garcia sent an email
accusing the Jewish state of atrocities, writing, “By supporting Israeli
occupation with U.S. foreign aid, we are all complicit and guilty of
their crimes against humanity.”
“And, I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli
aggression (yes, confiscating other peoples’ land and building illegal
settlements is aggression), not to mention ‘incursions’ that kill
PEOPLE, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over, mass
concentration prison camps, etc,etc,etc,” she added.
Garcia quit her post after a public outcry.
In the meantime, still no word from Florida Atlantic University on
whether it will discipline the professor who urged students to stomp on
“Jesus” and whether Ryan will have his suspension from class lifted.
FAU did, however, email this press statement: “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.”
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