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University Bows to National Outrage, Won’t Punish Student Who Refused to Stomp Jesus

obmug Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 3:38 PM
I agree....The students were not asked to defile the living Jesus (or Mohammed, Buddha or Moses), let alone their spirits or teachings. The lecture (and it's demonstration) was about symbology. At the university level, in a society that values free speech mature adults ought to be able to discuss any topic in a scholarly fashion. This student coud have told the prof, "I'm sorry, my beliefs will not allow me to participate in this experiment" and the lecturer could have said "fine, please observe the rest of the class and join in the discussion later". No "I'll take my baseball and go home" and no "you'll have to go to the principal's office. In sum, I believe, a total waste of time (except for well-paid lawyers).
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 11:53 PM
Discussion is one thing. The "demonstration" is quite another.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 5:42 PM
You never heard of a fumi-e, I take it?

Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name “Jesus” and then stomp on the pieces of paper.

Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion – pending the outcome of a student hearing.

But after a massive national outcry, the university reversed course Monday afternoon...