If you’ll about to send your kids off to college, you might be wondering what they’ll be learning -- especially if they’re going off to Florida Atlantic University. Last March, a couple of students complained about Dr. Deandre Poole’s “intercultural communications class.” It’s billed as a class on justice and equality, and how authorities oppress marginalized groups. But the students claimed it was mostly Poole’s own opinions, and that he was arrogant, intolerant and dismissive of anyone who thought differently. When he told students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, throw it on the floor and stomp on it, one student refused and was suspended. Poole was also removed from class – but only because he got death threats. You’ll be thrilled to hear he’s now back, and once again allowed to force kids to stomp on Jesus in the name of tolerance. So if any of you parents are about to send FAU a tuition check for that class, maybe you should protest intolerance by tossing it on the floor and stomping on it instead.

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  • Michael Hilliard

    08/07/2013 05:52 PM

    Whenever someone has a voice, a stage, and others who listen, there should be a commitment to integrity, honesty, and making beneficial contributions through words and actions. When pundits choose to project ignorance instead—all the while making it sound like wisdom—I'll admit, I get really annoyed.

    While looking to investigate an entirely different suspicious claim, I ran across this little sensationalistic tidbit on Mike Huckabee's website: http://mikehuckabee.com/mike-huckabee-news?ID=d9550a01-6a77-4f76-9ebe-098c6269be17. As Huckabee tells it (along with any other Christian/conservative/Fox News voice that covered the story, as far as I can tell), a domineering, opinion-driven professor (no!) required students to, essentially, physically blaspheme the Christian faith by writing the name Jesus on a piece of paper then putting it on the floor and 'stomping' on it. What's more, Huckabee attests that a brave student stood up to the professor, refused to take part, and was suspended by the school for doing so.

    Suspecting there was more to the story, I did a little digging. Figuring I'd heard the far-right-Fox-News version of the story, when the first result of my Google search brought up a link to the Huffington Post, I thought it was only fair to read what would likely be a far-left interpretation of the events: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/deandre-poole-fau-stomp-on-jesus_n_3490263.html

    As it turns out, the Huffington Post article was much better researched, as evidenced by the HTTP form of sourcing through in-text links. For example, take a look at this article from Inside Higher Ed., which explains what the classroom exercise actually entails: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/28/professor-whose-exercise-caused-stomp-jesus-controversy (I'm a Christian, and I don't find this offensive; in fact, I can easily see how this exercise could be faith affirming).

    The Huckabee and Fox News versions of the story gloss over the fact that Professor Poole received death threats, instead expressing shock that the professor wasn't fired. (I think this is perhaps more disturbing than anything else; not condemning such actions could be considered akin to silent approval). They also ignore the fact that Poole describes himself as a deeply religious Christian, and that Poole (and others) credit a professor at a Christian college as having come up with the original exercise: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-06-21/news/sfl-fau-instructor-in-step-on-jesus-controversy-to-keep-his-job-20130621_1_deandre-poole-fau-instructor-florida-atlantic-university-instructor). Neither is it mentioned in those stories that 20 of the 23 students in the class signed a statement in support of Poole, claiming not to have been offended by the exercise, or that both Poole and the school insist that the student was neither required to participate nor disciplined for not participating.

    Dear pundits of the world:

    Please: Don't be ignorant. If it sounds outrageous, try to find out if it's really true before reporting on it to others. In Biblical terms: Don't gossip.

  • Joan Chambers

    07/28/2013 04:48 AM

    Who are the 80,000 who had their home invaded since 2011 - are they republicans, tea party, democrats, liberals??
    What do we do, how can we prevent our home from being invaded. Who is being targeted?
    Thanks, Joan

  • Ronald Carlson

    07/28/2013 02:00 AM

    It seems to me that all of the media and the U.S. Congress are culpable in facilitating the demise of this nation. The founders of this nation were committed to Biblical principles - and pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to defend the constitution of the Christian nation they founded. As part of that constitution they set qualifications for president. They established that the president of the United States must be a natural born citizen. To elect a president who is not natural born provides the conduit through which this nation can be conquered without firing a shot. Thus, the natural born citizenship requirement for president clearly can only mean one thing - a person who was born to parents who were married and were both citizens of the United States. Barry Soetoro AKA Barack Hussein Obama is not constitutionally qualified to serve as president of the United States. He is not even an American Citizen. He is an Indonesian citizen. We must assume that he is an enemy of the United States and is the representative of the interests of a foreign power, if not a specific government. Since no one in the media or in congress has sufficient courage to stand up and say "the emperor has no clothes" this nation is being taken captive day by day. Where there is no courage the people perish. This nation is being destroyed from within by an administration headed by a foreign usurper and the anti-American clones he has assembled. We do not need to repeal Obama Care. The goal of every American Citizen should be to repeal Obama. Unfortunately, because of the silence of those in the media his takeover of the US will likely succeed. It is truly sad when selling ones books trumps standing for the truth.

  • david feigenbaum

    07/27/2013 09:22 PM

    To Mr. Huckabee: Please review Obama's first speech about phony scandals, and watch him when he says he has 1000 plus days left in his presidency. You will notice a beautiful Freudian slip-- he almost says one hundred days instead of 1000! The slip of tongue indicates that he wishes he had just 100 days left, and means a great deal. Ask any psychologist what this means! I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but I did.

    David Feigenbaum, Ph. D.

  • Sharon Tomalavage

    07/24/2013 08:32 PM

    I sincerely wish Mike Huckabee would consider another run for the Presidency. He has all the attributes I believe are needed if we are to return this country to its greatness. Honesty, values (that he is Not afraid to defend), he is strong (doesn't waffle), and has the experience (as Governor of Arkansas) required to be an excellent President.

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