Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Florida Atlanta University takes action to punish student
Fox News Radio – Todd Starnes

Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson taught by Deandre Poole, who also happens to be vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “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.”

The university issued an apology late Friday after a national uproar and said the exercise “will not be used again.”

Rotela told Fox News he was baffled by the university’s latest statement.
“The university has a huge problem with integrity,” he said. “They are tripping over their own words.”

The “Notice of Charges” accused the student of using threatening language. The school did not return calls seeking clarification. Rotela’s attorney said he believes the perceived threat came when Rotela told the teacher “don’t do that again” – in reference to stomping on the paper. The student also told the instructor, “You’ll be hearing from me.”

Sasser said Rotela’s case has generated national outrage and a number of high-profile attorneys have offered to volunteer their services.

“The textbook reveals the agenda,” he said. “So-called intellectual enlightenment is stomping on everything that has held western civilization together for the past 2,000 years.”

Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom 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 said.

Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.
“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.
The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.

Fellowship of the Minds – Dr. Eowyn – 3/26/2013

Just two days ago, I did a follow-up on Trail Dust’s post about an instructor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Deandre J. Poole, who did a class assignment that required his students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and then stomp on the paper.
Deandre J. Poole, Instructor, FAU, Email:
PhD from Howard University
Areas of Specialization: Intercultural Communication, Leadership and Communication, Political Communication

Poole just happens also to be a local Democrat Party official — vice chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. The same Democratic Party the majority of whose delegates to last summer’s Democratic National Convention, in three successive voice votes, said no to including the word “God” in the party platform.

The anti-Christian outrage came to light only as a result of information provided by student Ryan Rotela, who had refused to participate in the class assignment and was punished by being suspended from the class.

According to a letter written by Associate Dean Rozalia Williams, Rotela is facing a litany of charges – including an alleged violation of the student code of conduct, acts of verbal, written or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threaten the health, safety or welfare of any person.”

“In the interim, you may not attend class or contact any of the students involved in this matter – verbally or electronically – or by any other means,” Williams wrote to Rotela. “Please be advised that a Student Affairs hold may be placed on your records until final disposition of the complaint.”

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation at the Liberty Institute, told Fox News the university’s behavior is “outlandish” and called their press release “inaccurate.”
“We believe the university punished him in retaliation for him exposing the class assignment to the public,” Sasser said. “Sadly, it is a testimony to the indoctrination that some of the public schools and universities are engaging in – to demonize anything that was valuable in the culture.”

Here’s contact info for Florida Atlantic University (FAU):
Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D.
President of FAU
Office of the President
Florida Atlantic University

Administration Bldg., Room 339
777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

tel: 561.297.3450
fax: 561.297.2777

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1 comment:

  1. let me be the first (apparently) to ask, what if any religion does deandre pool follow?
    mac in boca