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.


  • http://facebook Kathy Fitzgerald

    Thank You Gov. Scott for doing something about this "Professor" and FAU for allowing this to happen.

  • George Howard

    FIRE the Professor

    • http://noweb frona fileccia

      thank you Gov, Scott, i am so proud of you and proud to be in Florida, God bless you sir, in the name of Jesus Christ, i stand up with you, i admire you, i love you,

  • Fran

    Professors with this anti christian agenda should be FIRED. He wouldn't be tolerated if he was anti Muslim or Gay.

  • Lois

    Thank you Gov. Scott for looking into this atrocious act on the part of the Professor. This should no way be part of a class action unless he was going to use heads of all different religions to do the same demistration. What was the Professors point in acting out this act and only selecting Christianity?

  • http://facebook Larry Miller

    Whether they apologized or not, the damn teacher should be fired immediately and any tax payer money(if any) should be returned along with a hefty fine.

  • Robert Beyer

    Thank you Governor Scott.

  • james

    If I were Governor, I would shut this University down, period and restaff it. The stupidity just keeps going like the energizer rabbit. Somewhere, a line must be drawn.

  • Robert Schultz

    Has the asshole "professor" who ordered this been fired yet?

    • http://[email protected] patrick francese

      watch the rev jackson come to his defense.rev my as

  • joe leach

    Fire the prof.

  • ed

    This man and I use the word loosely, should be fired. He should not be allowed to teach ever again.

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