As a native Floridian now living in New Mexico, I am often asked (was again just today) whether or not I miss Florida. Apart from my family and the close proximity to water, there is not much that I miss about the Sunshine State. I definitely don’t miss the humidity. And, I don’t miss the idiotic ways in which the taxpayers’ money is wasted in the state of my birth.
Leave it to one of Florida’s public universities — Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton — to make the news for an incredibly stupid, not to mention insensitive, classroom assignment. It seems that one of FAU’s professors, Deandre Poole (who also happens to be Vice-Chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party), instructed students in an “Intercultural Communications” class (don’t even get me started on that one) to write the name “JESUS” on a piece of paper, throw the paper on the ground, and then stomp on the paper. One of the students, Ryan Rotela, refused to complete the assignment, telling the professor:
With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate. . . . I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.’” (here)
Several questions come immediately to mind in light of this asinine assignment: How could anyone so foolish be hired to teach at a public university? I know. The answer to that one is painfully obvious. How does even the most foolish instructor think that writing the name of “JESUS” on a piece of paper and asking the students to stomp on it could possibly help foster better intercultural communications in the first place? Again, the answer to that question becomes all-to-clear when the university’s Director of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Noemi Marin, tries to defend the clearly indefensible:
As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives. . . While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.” (here)
There is a Greek word which nicely sums up the logic and reason of Ms. Marin’s statement — BALONEY! How she got to be hired as FAU’s Director of Communication — when her own communication skills are so incredibly lacking — is understandable in the world of liberal academia. Understandable, but sad nonetheless. Does anyone believe for one moment that the Instructor, Deandre Poole, would have given his students the same assignment, except that the name “MOHAMMED” was written on the paper and the students were instructed to stomp on that paper? Does anyone think that Communications Director Marin would have issued the same lame statement had the name on the paper been changed from “JESUS” to “MOHAMMED?” I would daresay that Mr. Poole would not have just been suspended, but would have been fired! And, Ms. Marin would be trying to quell protests that would have broken out on the FAU campus.
The answers to the above two questions reveal the lies and anti-Christian bias so prevalent in higher education today. If Ms. Marin’s statement is true — that there are “times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate” — then I would expect that a similar assignment involving the name “MOHAMMED” will soon be incorporated into this “Intercultural Studies” class. That would certainly make FAU an interesting — although perhaps dangerous — venue for “dialogue and debate.” Then we will see how deft a Communications Director Noemi Marin really is!