This is from the Independent Journal Review. A Professor That Asked Students to Step on ‘Jesus’ Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review.
According to the news article, a Latter-day Saint Student at Florida Atlantic University declined to participate in an activity where a Professor of Communications asked his students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, crumble up the paper, and then proceed to stomp on the paper. When Junior Ryan Rotela refused to participate in this, he was suspended from class for an alleged Student code of conduct violation:
Florida Atlantic University communications professor Dr. Deandre Poole asked his students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, place it on the floor, and then step on it. Junior Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon, refused to participate in this activity several weeks ago, and was subsequently suspended from the class for what Fox News reported as 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.”
This news story is also reported at Fox News where Greg Lukianoff writes:
Would you stomp on a piece of paper with the name Jesus written on it as part of a classroom assignment? Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon student at Florida Atlantic University, had to make this bizarre decision in his Intercultural Communications class. The incident ignited a firestorm of national outrage when Rotela told local news sources, last week, that he was being punished for refusing to complete the assignment.
At first, according to Fox News, FAU declined any suspension – however, it was later revealed that the student was suspended and FAU issued an apology, dropped all charges against the student, and placed the professor on “administrative leave”.
While it is understood that this was an object lesson – it is one that the professor should have judicially decided whether or not there would be any person offended by the particular lesson. Instead, the professor allowed his biased and prejudicial beliefs interfere with good judgment and violated the right to religious expression and the freedom thereof. In essence, would this same professor ask a class where there are some devout Muslims to write the name Muhammad on a piece of paper and ask them to participate in the same object lesson?