Fla. Gov. Scott reprimands FAU, requests incident report on Jesus stomping

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is requesting a report on the incident that occurred at Florida Atlantic University last week, when a student was asked to stomp on a piece of paper with “Jesus” written on it. In a letter to Frank Brogan, chancellor of the Florida University System, Scott asked for an explanation on how the situation was handled and what FAU is doing to see that it doesn’t happen again.

“I just spoke to Ryan Rotela and applauded him for having the courage to stand up for his faith,” Scott said in a statement. “I told him that it took great conviction and bravery to stand up and say what he was asked to do was wrong, and went against what he believed in.”

The incident garnered national attention after the university first punished the student involved, then apologized for the assignment.

Scott’s letter to Brogan said the governor wanted an accurate accounting of what happened:

I am deeply disappointed in the recent actions of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) faculty that raises significant questions over students’ rights and the lessons being taught in our classrooms…

Whether the student was reprimanded or whether an apology was given is in many ways inconsequential to the larger issue of a professor’s poor judgment. The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.

See the entire letter here.

 

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.

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