*A Florida Atlantic University professor, Dr. Deandre Poole, encouraged his students to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper, then place it on the floor and step on it.
The professor’s actions led to outrage from the Christian community, but he is not backing down. Poole is being supported by many of his students, who have gathered for a campus rally against the decision by the administration of the University to place him on administrative leave.
The student group, FAU Owls for Academic Freedom, have started the rally in the support of Poole, who has received death threats following his “Jesus stomp” lesson. The lesson led to the complaint of a student, who refused to participate in the lesson. But many academicians say that Poole should be protected by academic freedom.
A Mormon student, Ryan Rotela, who attended Poole’s class refused to participate in the “Jesus stomp” because he said it was against his beliefs. The student was later suspended from class, and afterwards complained about the matter to authorities.
When Florida governor, Rick Scott, heard about the matter, he wrote to the university, saying that the lesson by Poole was, “offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths.” The governor’s intervention brought a great deal of media attention and pressure on the university, which felt compelled to punish Poole for his behavior.
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