FAU "Jesus Stomp" Instructor Deandre Poole Placed on Leave for "Personal Safety"

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At 1:53 p.m. today FAU officials announced that instructor Deandre Poole was placed on leave "immediately for safety reasons."

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Poole, a devout Christian, became embroiled in controversy late last week after right-wing critics accused him of anti-Christian activity. During a communications class, Poole had conducted an exercise  whose purpose was to demonstrate the emotional power of symbols.

In the exercise -- drawn from a widely-used textbook whose author is a prominent scholar at a highly regarded Catholic liberal arts college -- students were asked to write the word "Jesus" on pieces of paper, place them on the floor and step on them. Students were free to opt out of participation.

One class member who took offense later told news media that he had been suspended for objecting to the exercise. A public uproar ensued. The university claims the student was not suspended.

A statement released today by FAU reads in full:

FAU instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately for safety reasons. As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole's intercultural communications class, the instructor's personal safety has been compromised.

In addition, this decision will prevent further disruption to the day-to-day operations of Florida Atlantic University.

Because of this, Dr. Poole will not teach any classes, conduct office hours, or be present at any of FAU's campuses or sites. Alternate instructors have been assigned to teach Dr. Poole's classes. Students have been notified and classes will continue as scheduled.

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"Poole, a devout Christian..." -- how do we know that?  Source, proof, cite?

"Students were free to opt out of participation." -- how do we know that to be the case in this particular class?


Am I the only one that notices the crazy similiarity between those crazy Islamic fucks that killed people for drawing pictures of Mohammed...

And the crazy Christian fucks who issued death threats over a fucking name on a piece of paper?

Jesus Horatio Christ people, get a fucking grip.


Looks like FAU is trying to spin this into some sympathy. They certainly were completely unapologetic and threatening when this story broke the other week. As a Catholic I am disgusted by the way they handled this situation and how they turned on the student who spoke up for himself. They even went so far as to send the student in this issue a letter telling him he was not allowed to return to class. And now this? Total spin. I don't buy it at all. Shame on FAU for their bad decision making skills and lack of common sense. 

Have some sympathy for the student struck in a hit and run by the FAU president last week protesting their decision to partner and accept millions from a "for profit" prison management company accused of human rights violations. 


So much for that "peace, love, and understanding" those christians believe in with their mythology..



You're assuming that they're telling the truth about the threats, and/or they're not misrepresenting the nature of these alleged threats.  A pretty convenient distraction and way to garner sympathy, more likely.  On the other hand the genuinely violent reaction by Muslims to pictures of M. is well demonstrated and documented.  Not so much with the Christian world.

So no similarity I'm afraid.

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@dtministries A devout Christian who wants students to understand the power of symbols.

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@AnaCampos There may be more to the story than is publicly known. 


@fire.ant @ChazStevensGenius My apologies to you in advance.

Nothing personal or disrespectful meant to you, and/or your work.

It is, as you say, intended to provoke a response.


@geedubya@ChazStevensGeniusYeah, you're right.  I forgot.  The Christians are a peace loving bunch of nitwits.

Just ignore the Crusades, the Inquisition, that idiot in Norway, Timothy McVeigh, the KKK, Army of God, Eric Rudolph.

My personal favorite is Giordano Bruno (google him).

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