Rick Scott gets involved in "Jesus-Stomping" controversy

Florida Atlantic University apologized for suspending a student who refused to "stomp on Jesus"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 27, 2013 8:57PM (EDT)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, R, got involved in a controversy surrounding Florida Atlantic University, which suspended student Ryan Rotela for refusing to write Jesus on a piece of paper and then "stomp" on it, as part of a class.

Scott wrote a letter to the state university system chancellor asking for a report on the incident and saying he is "deeply disappointed" and it raises questions about "the lessons being taught in our classrooms."

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Instructor Deandre Poole's March 4 exercise in the Intercultural Communications class on the FAU Davie campus created a nationwide stir, with blogs and social media sites abuzz with complaints from critics who called it an affront to Christianity.

"This exercise will not be used again," an FAU statement said. "…We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs."


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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