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

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

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

  1. Danita Kilcullen says:

    Thank you, BizPac, for reporting this. I posted your site on Facebook, with this message. We'll see.

    FREEDOM LOVERS: LOOK WHAT GOVERNOR SCOTT IS DOING FOR US. PROFESSOR POOLE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. LET'S GET TOGETHER ON THIS. IF YOU ARE WITHIN PROXIMITY OF FAU, AS I AM, LET'S MARCH ON THE CAMPUS WITH SIGNS CALLING FOR HIS FIRING. IF NOT, WRITE TO FAU DEMANDING THAT THIS COMMUNIST, ANTI-AMERICAN DESPOT BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE RESPOND TO ME.

  2. barbara says:

    Thank you Biz Pac & Governor Scott for standing up to this professor. He has stepped on our right to religious freedom for all. This unfortunately has become the norm at our colleges. Its time to put a stop to it. We are all Americans and so far have our freedoms!

  3. Mark says:

    As I posted earlier, if the Associate Dean who imposed that knee-jerk suspension on the complaining student has not resigned yet, then his/her capabilities and sensibilities needs closer scrutiny as I do not see such capricious action as befitting a fair minded college administrator.

  4. Gerry Mander says:

    I woulda offered to stomp it if it was on the prof's face. Mind you, I said 'offered' because I know the prof would be to chicken-chit to take me up on it.

  5. Gerry Mander says:

    Hmmm…just thunk of somethin', student shoulda called a lawyer and offered to 'stomp' FAU's wallet.

  6. donna says:

    fire him now nuff said

  7. John says:

    Thank you Governor. Politicians with backbones are

    becoming an endangered species, but their is a glut

    on professors who push their own agenda.

  8. OrigMamaB says:

    It is outrageous that the professor thought it was okay to single out Christianity and attempt to desecrate Christians' leader. And even more outrageous that FAU took the steps they did by first pretending to apologize all the while trying to repremand the student without getting caught and only stopping their attempt to remove the student from the school once he got legal council. The student needs to file a lawsuit against FAU and also name the professor as well as each administrator of the school personally for violating his civil rights.

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