Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) took issue with a classroom exercise that had the students write the word "Jesus" on a piece of paper and stomp on it. When Rotela dared to complain to Associate Professor Noemi Marin, he got suspended from the class and was told "not to come back."
Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reported that the offensive assignment was refused by some students, but Rotela took the extra step of complaining to a school official; which astonishingly prompted him to be suspended from class. It is more than apparent that suspending a student who stood up for his beliefs is a lesson to others who may be inclined to do the same. The message from the university is clear: "sit down and shut up."
An FAU official defended the decision, saying that the instructor of the course, Deandre Poole, was only following an exercise from the classroom textbook, "Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition." Poole, by the way, currently writing a book based on his PhD thesis, "Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero." That should be an interesting read.
The University responded with the following hypocritical and condescending statement to the local news, WPEC:
"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."
If "open discourse" was truly encouraged at FAU, (where students can be indoctrinated..er, educated for $21,582 per year) Rotela would not have been suspended for standing up for his personal beliefs. The news report said that the school "would not discuss" whether the professors in question would be receiving "disciplinary action." They will probably get an award.
The university is no stranger to controversy, as FAU is currently under fire for naming their stadium after a large donor who has been charged with human rights abuses. When students complained, they were barred from a board of trustees meeting "without explanation."
Ryan Rotela should be proud of himself for setting an example for other university students who feel uncomfortable with the propaganda in their classrooms. Rotela said, "I am still waiting for an apology from somebody." Hopefully, he will continue to fight for that apology, which is more than deserved.
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