FAU apologizes for ‘Stomp Jesus’ lesson, vows never again

Public outrage over the controversial “Stomp Jesus” classroom assignment has forced Florida Atlantic University to issue an apology.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused,” the university said in a prepared statement to Fox News. “Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

The apology comes after a student complained that FAU professor Deandre Poole offended his religious beliefs when he instructed his intercultural communications class earlier this month to stomp on a piece of paper with  “Jesus” written on it. The student was subsequently suspended from the class.

The school said the lesson will no longer be used, Fox News reported.

BizPac Review was the first to point out that the media failed to report a key component of Poole’s resume: He is vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. His recent actions add fire to an already-disturbing pattern of hate displayed by the local party, which include the resignation of its former chairman, Mark Siegel.

Siegel was forced out after telling a reporter covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention that pro-Israel Christians want to see Jews “slaughtered.”

An FAU official at first defended Poole’s decision to use the scandalous “Stomp Jesus” lesson, telling WPEC-Channel 12 that it was part of a classroom exercise from the textbook, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”

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Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com
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Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review. He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com

  • Sue

    Did they reinstate the student, though??? That's not an apology until they do that.

  • Ragin Cajun

    It is time to take a close look at the University's leadership. This hate speach is happening to often on that campus

  • Erv

    I think the moron that did this should be put in public and be made to say he is sorry. Mr Poole should also never have Dr. in front of his name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And do you still let him teach our kids???????? That is VERY sad if you do not atlest lower his pay. I would like to hear back from to school too. But I know I will not. The teacher have a union that lets them get away with stuff like this. Have sad folks, very sad!!!!

    Erv

    • Sophie Cairns

      I think it was a female instructor… not that it matters, women can be as stupid as men. We have reached true equality, but as a teacher, she is an embarrassment to my profession. She's just lucky that this crabby senior citizen retired advanced degreed teacher was not there to call her out right then and there… and recorded it. NEVER mess with a knowledgeable senior citizen unless you want your head handed to you on a platter. LOL

      • Sophie Cairns

        I was wrong… you cant always tell by names in the South I guess… decidedly and 'agenda propelled' instructor, not all that good reviews… reading them, the lazier the student, the higher they rated him. Students who expected more rated him much lower. He needs to be more open to opposing points of view…. he just MIGHT learn something he obviously doesn't understand or know.

    • A Mormon

      Sorry but it was the mormon that refused to stomp on the name of Jesus and was suspended from the class. Please tell me what the mormon should be sorry for. It is the mormon who should be paraded down the streets as a hero.

      • A Mormon

        Sorry I read your comment wrong. Please ignore my comment and forgive me for a too quick response and misjudgment.

  • Patriot1742

    Is the so-called professor still there – if so this is one of those I am not sorry for what the professor did – but I am sorry that he got caught. Liberals all the same.

  • Maxie

    2if this teacher only knew how much The Lord jesus loves us all, even those who do not believe in him. for he gave his life in the cross of calvary years ago that we all who believe in him could be forgiven of our sins and could have eternal life. I ENCOURAGE everyone who do not know The Lord JESUS to seek him. the word of god tell us if we seek him we will find him. I would rather die than to do what the teacher asked the student to do. I pray for this teacher that The Lord jesus will reveal himself to him.

  • Maxie

    those who make peace and love one another will be bless and those who curse and teach to

    hate others shall receive the same. I would hate to be in the shoes of that professor he does not

    know what's coming to him.

    the only sin that is not forgiven by GOD is to blaspheme the name of Jesus . I hope he repents

    and finds the mercy and forgiveness of GOD.

  • Lee

    This incident won't be closed until this "professor" has been removed from his position.

    He does not belong any where that molds young minds.

    • Banana Republic

      It is crazy about of millions of people with the title of (doctor) most of them broken on everything. The only thing they have full is their pocket: full of EGO

  • Warrior

    Florida Atlantic University says it respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.” In that case – Deandre Poole must be fired immediately for his utter lack of sensitivity by forcing a student to commit the aggressive act of stomping on the name of Jesus ! Deandre has desecrated his students religious rights ! Shame on you who do nothing about this !

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  • Rich

    This Poole character was too cowardly to put the prophet Mohammed's name on the paper which in that case I am sure the University would have taken a different position and the headlines would have been worldwide. The act is one that promotes hatred and intolerance of other people's beliefs. I am not surprised only one student had the guts to stand up against this sacrilegious act. It is sad that someone has picked up the torch for Mr. Siegal in the DEC.