Sinister Initiations (Re-blogged)

You may have read somewhere in the news about a Florida professor asking his students to stomp on the name of Jesus. Here, in an excellently worded piece, Rob Stroud points to similar instances in the past that were not so academic.

I highly recommend this post by Mr. Stroud, and I would encourage you to check out his blog, Mere Inkling.

Mere Inkling

fumieSomething unbelievable just happened in America. Something offensive, abusive, and utterly intolerant.

At Florida Atlantic University, one of the professors taught a lesson so distasteful that, had it maligned any faith other than Christianity, it would have led to his dismissal. Instead, the student who challenged it was suspended from the course.

The class is entitled “Intercultural Communication,” and the instructor happens to be the county vice-chair of one America’s major political parties.

So, what was the malicious class exercise? The students were instructed to write the name “Jesus” in large letters on a piece of paper which they laid on the floor in front of them. Then, they were directed to stomp—yes, stomp—on the name of the person millions of people throughout the world regard as their Savior.

It’s difficult to comprehend anyone would design such an offensive “lesson,” let alone that they would actually attempt to implement it…

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3 responses to “Sinister Initiations (Re-blogged)

  1. Happy to see you sharing the message. You might be interested in the “debate” it’s still generating over here. Maybe you’ll get a good dialog going with a secularist professor too!

  2. I hope you accept awards, because you’re getting a Versatile Blogger Award from me at http://teepee12.com/2013/03/26/60000-hits-and-im-a-versatile-blogger-too/
    I very much enjoy your well-written and cogent writing. Keep up the superb work!

  3. This school seems to be a magnet for controversy. They’re also under fire for naming their new stadium after a controversial private prison company / benefactor.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/college-football/fau-faculty-senate-opposes-geo-stadium-naming-deal/nW363/

    And last year, a student have to be tased after a violent outburst during a class on evolution in which she asked “why does evolution kill black people.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/21/jonatha-carr-fau-student-class_n_1369739.html

    As far as the exercise in question, there are clearly more appropriate ways to deliver a point…

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