UPDATE: TEACHER A DEMOCRAT OFFICIAL – College student suspended from class for refusing to stomp on ‘Jesus’

A Florida Atlantic University teacher instructed their Intercultural Communications class to write Jesus name on a piece of paper, put it on the floor and then stomp on it. But one student felt this was very inappropriate, complained to the teacher’s supervisor and was told to not return to the class.

So now he feels he’s the one being punished for something that was completely inappropriate in the first place.



Watch the video:

(h/t: Todd Starnes)

UPDATE: Turns out the teacher in this case is a Democrat official for Palm Beach County (h/t: BizPac):

Deandre Pool

Deandre Poole

Vice Chair

Deandre J. Poole, Ph.D. was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. In 1999, Dr. Poole graduated from Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, FL. As a graduating senior, he was awarded the prestigious “Reach for Excellence” Pathfinder Award by the Palm Beach Post for outstanding academic achievement. He went on to complete his BA degree and MA degree in Communication from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication and Culture from Howard University.

Currently, Dr. Poole is a new junior faculty member in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at FAU. He teaches courses such as leadership and communication, organizational communication, nonverbal communication, and intercultural theory. Dr. Poole’s research program focuses on the role mediated messages play in shaping individual attitudes and beliefs concerning issues of justice and inequality, and examines how leaders, organizations and other influential authorities dominate and oppress marginalized groups of people. In 2009, Dr. Poole completed his doctoral dissertation entitled: The Historic Presidential Campaign of 2008: A Content Analysis of Selected News Magazines Portrayal of Senator Barack Obama as a Mythical Hero in His Bid for the Presidency of the United States. His research has been presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Presently, he is authoring the book, Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero, to be published by the Edwin Mellon Press. He has been teaching at the university level for six years.

As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Poole was inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Honor Society at Yale University for his academic achievements. Likewise, as a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University, he served as the Department of Communication’s representative to the American Democracy Project-South annual conference in Atlanta, GA. At this conference, he presented information regarding the challenges and successes regarding student engagement in American Democracy at FAU.

As a result of his interest in politics, he prides himself in being actively engaged in civic affairs. Currently, Dr. Poole serves as a precinct captain for Precinct 7021 in West Palm Beach, as a club officer for the Together We Stand Democratic Club, and a member of the West Palm Beach Democratic Club. His political activities involve community empowerment, and working with community leaders and elected officials to insure the needs of all people.

In April 2011, Dr. Poole was appointed to the position of Recording Secretary for the Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee. He is a member of Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ, Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he serves as a member of the usher board. Dr. Poole resides in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Psalm14_1a
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Psalm14_1a

You’re welcome.

12grace
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12grace

I would sue the teacher, the school and the school district if they dared to do something like that to my kid.

BobDelgaudio
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BobDelgaudio

Hey asswipe how about putting a pic of mlk on the wall and let students throw darts at it

Lady_Penquin
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Lady_Penquin

BobDelgaudio Yeah, I was wondering where is the diversity in this exercise. After all, the socialists claim diversity is essential to a peaceful society…

PaulLeslie
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PaulLeslie

Democrats:  anti-God, anti-American.  Their leader is a socialist subversive.  America is in deep trouble.  People need to wake up quickly.

yazz55
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yazz55

Where is CAIR to protest and sue over the issue of religious insensitivity and intolerance when ya’ really need ’em.

Isaiah 54
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Isaiah 54

That is the same school that expelled a Christian group for not having non-Christians in leadership.  No child or grandchild of mine would attend that school  – or any of the other supposedly higher learning institutions that are in fact, ignorant, intolerant and bigotted.

Isaiah 54
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Isaiah 54

Obviously, the school and this so-called professor shares the same tyrannical, political correct (punitive conformity), intolerant philosophy as Obama.

Valin
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Valin

One wonders what would happen if the name was (say) Mohammed instead of Jesus? 
Dr. Poole has made his bones with this.

Isaiah 54
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Isaiah 54

Obviously FL Atlantic has no reasonable standards for professorship or random drug-testing for its faculty.

tshtsh
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tshtsh

Valin It is a pity that he did not pretend to write Jesus and written Mohammed instead.  But, he is a Christian so that was out.

Libertyship46
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Libertyship46

I’ve got a better idea. The students in that class should be forced to stomp on a copy of either the Communist Manifesto or Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Naaa, would never, ever, happen with a “teacher” like that. He would consider that blasphemy, an insult to his gods. “Teachers” like this should be fired in a heartbeat.

tinlizzieowner
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tinlizzieowner

The whole of Palm Beach county is a liberal wasteland.

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crosshr

I sorta looked at your photo Dr. Poole for a few seconds and wonder why. Why is it that you n.skulls teaching in many of the country’s education campuses have become so shallow in all aspects of a developing a better moral being among the young so vulnerable  generation nowadays. Your likes live to pervert, distort and create a generation with twisted filth, hating God, hating success through working hard, hate those that don’t follow your twisted ideas. WHY ? For that I am assured that you Dr. Poole rightfully deserve the title ” DR. DONKEY ” ( pardon my french folks )

SigEliteDark
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SigEliteDark

crosshr Poole looks like a miserable fool who knows not what he does.

shield1
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shield1

You cannot force someone to renounce their faith in this country.  That, my friends, is exactly what this ‘act’ symbolizes. I would have drawn a picture with horns on it with the word Poole boldl written across it!  Then stomped and twisted it until it ripped…”here you do sir.”

DawgfanInFL
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DawgfanInFL

Dang, I thought I lived in a red state. My mistake. Thank you Common core and IB programming. Wonder how many accusations of voter fraud occurrd in his precinct?

applepie101
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applepie101

Conditioning. First it’s stomping on a paper, next it’s torturing a classmate (as happened in the Stanford Prison Experiment.) Good for this student, to have moral strength enough to withstand peer pressure and a bullying teacher.

deTocqueville1
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deTocqueville1

Ph.D. my a##. This guy is just another fellow marxist traveller who has probably done nothing more than get advanced by the damn system. His ‘dissertation’ says it all!

notsofastthere
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notsofastthere

OH, now I get it. Dr. Poole has impressive credentials and may be influential to the college. They will trade off playing with evil bigotry rather than doing what’s right. In this case: to hell with offending the Christian faith.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime
PrinceofPeace
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PrinceofPeace

@OneThinDime Hang on, let me dig really deep for my ‘surprised look’.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

PrinceofPeace I’m only surprised someone released the info!

SigEliteDark
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SigEliteDark

Sent this e-mail to FAU:
Ms. Mary Jane Saunders,
In
regards to the treatment of your student, Ryan Rotella (sp?), I am
surprised that an American university condones religious intolerance of
the kind demostrated by Prof. Poole.  The education of the common
people sprang from the Christian faith and its wish for all peoples to
be able to read the Bible (Gutenberg’s printing press, Universities like
Yale, Princeton, and Harvard).  Oh how far the contemporary
American university has fallen from its lofty beginnings, and has
become nothing but a petri dish for inept and immoral thought and
action.  No wonder our dear country is intellectually bested across the
board by third world countries.  One can only pray to a forgiving God
for your school, and for Prof. Poole.

nibblesyble
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nibblesyble

SigEliteDark 
Well done you!

SigEliteDark
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SigEliteDark

nibblesyble SigEliteDark   Thanks, and sent this to the “teacher”:
Mr. Poole,
Upon reading about the ostracization and suspension of one of your students, Ryan Rotella who, along with Federal funding, pays your wage, I was overcome by
disgust at what you think passes as an exercise in productive and tolerant inter-cultural communication (what a joke!).  Jesus may forgive you, for you know not what you do, but woe to you.  Perhaps you were planning to apply your religious bigotry to the Muslim faith as well, or are you perhaps too cowardly to face the
almost certain violent repercussions that would arise?  Apparently you are just a  bully who picks on pacifist religions, all while hiding in the ivory tower of your university.  Well, we’re praying for you in any case.  Have a nice life, buddy!

nibblesyble
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nibblesyble

SigEliteDark nibblesyble Another job well done…I hope this DemocRat gets the heave ho and soon!

Lady_Penquin
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Lady_Penquin

nibblesyble SigEliteDark I don’t think they’ll get rid of the professor. They’ve suspended the student from the class, the whole situation wreaks of liberalism and decency and moral principles are not welcome.

temi227
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temi227

Imagine if it were the name allah they were told to write and then stomp on.. It would be national news for weeks!  What the teacher had them do was HIGHLY DISRESPECTFUL to all Christians, and I applaud this young guy for standing up for the name of Jesus.

Goldni
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Goldni

temi227 Yep. All he’ll would break loose.

PrinceofPeace
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PrinceofPeace

Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do. Just kidding – they know very well the vile evil they spread. More fodder for the devils playground.

TexasPGRRider
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TexasPGRRider

Kuddos to the CBS affiliate in Florida for reporting this and Thank YOU Scoop for sharing it with us here !!! I don`t know how old the story is, but since we`re so close to Easter Sunday, a plethera of prayers are Definately in order….

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

TexasPGRRider Amen PGR!

bcl021000
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bcl021000

I would love a little more context to this story.  What is the point of that exercise?  Is it really part of the book’s curriculum as another publication suggested?  Is the student actually suspended for merely complaining?  With the lack of information it’s hard to tell if this story is being overblown, or if there is a legitimate issue here.  I would love to hear from a couple of his classmates who participated in the exercise.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

bcl021000 You’re kidding right?…………Right?

bcl021000
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bcl021000

57thunderbird bcl021000 No, I’m not kidding.  Excuse me for wanting more information before knowing exactly how to feel about this story.  Would the questions that I posed in my previous statement not bring a little more clarity to what exactly happened?  Would my time be better served going on some rant bout how he would be fired if he showed such disrespect to a different religion (which he would not)?  Would Jesus be in such an outrage about someone writing his name on a piece of paper and stepping on it?  Aren’t all of you supposed to be trying to be more like him every day?

57thunderbird
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bcl021000 57thunderbird They were asking this young man to do something that went against hies religious beliefs and when he refused they suspended him from the class!What more do you need to know!This professor and school are clearly anti-  Christian bigots!!I will cut them some slack if they ask the students to write Allah on a piece of paper and stomp on it!GMAB!

bcl021000
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57thunderbird bcl021000 If the student was truly suspended for not participating in the exercise, then I would completely agree with you, but I think you are filling in missing pieces of the story to make that assessment.  Even by the students account, which is the only viewpoint of the entire story, no action was taken for his lack of compliance with the exercise, and was only asked not to go to class (is that being suspended?  Is the University going to make him pay for the class and just tell him not to go and then fail him?) after speaking with an administrator days later.

57thunderbird
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bcl021000 57thunderbird Write Allah on paper and stomp on it in the name of equality.

bcl021000
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bcl021000

57thunderbird bcl021000 You know what?  You are right.  Screw it.  Why ask more questions when the article already told you exactly what you wanted to hear?  Nice talkin’ with you T-bird…

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

bcl021000 57thunderbird Whatever dude.

bcl021000
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bcl021000

57thunderbird bcl021000 T-Bird.  2 of your 3 responses to me were completely pointless.  In the first, you merely asked if I was serious, and in the other, you come up with some joke about stomping on paper with Allah’s name on it.  Your only actual response was not even accurate to the story as the article describes it. It’s blatantly obvious that you are only clinging to this story because of your religious affiliation, and not looking at it with a critical eye.  The fact that you think I am ridiculous for merely wanting more details of the story show how slanted you viewpoint is on this.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

bcl021000 57thunderbird It was no joke.And frankly I could care less what you think of me.Who told you that you were the resident genius?

bcl021000
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bcl021000

57thunderbird bcl021000 So let me get this straight.  By stating that I don’t know the full truth and by wanting to know more details of the story,  I am portraying myself as a genius. On the other hand, you claim to know exactly what happened, who is to blame, and have all the answers, and you are portraying yourself as…..what?
Go ahead and have the last word…I’m done with you.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

bcl021000 57thunderbird Yawn.You missed the entire point of my calling you genius.Imagine my surprise.Buh bye

FutureOnePercent
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FutureOnePercent

bcl021000 57thunderbird He wouldn’t need to be fired if he tied to pull that stunt with Allah, he would just be beheaded or raped and stoned to death.
Savages.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

FutureOnePercent bcl021000 57thunderbird @bc102100 needs more info before he/she can come to any conclusion on this professors behavior.

Diogenes_wy
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bcl021000 Todd Starnes originally broke this story and it’s posted on FoxNews.com. This is an excerpt from his article.. …However, the university is defending the instructor’s assignment to stomp on the name of Jesus. “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,” said Noemi Marin, the university’s director of the school of communication and multimedia studies. “While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate,” Marin added. The lesson on bashing the name of Christ is included in a textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.” Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson that got Rotela in trouble. “Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students… Read more »

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bcl021000 
yawnnnnnin ! puleeezzzz !

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

Paging Marco Rubio, hey Rubio, this is in your state!  Didn’t you make certain claims a while back about Jesus after that Time Magazine cover?  So why aren’t you all of the TV defending this Christian Senator Rubio?

On The Mark
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On The Mark

The bigot and so-called professor, Deandre Poole, would be instantly fired if he had shown such disrespect for Islam, Native Americans, or Tupac. As for FAU, an employer is no better than the bigot he employs

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

This Florida University receives federal tax dollars.  We need to demand of the administration the following:
(1) the amount of federal dollars received annually for the last 5 years; (2) the Universities policy against discrimination; (3) a list of all employees and professors, their salaries, benefit and retirement contributions paid for by the University; and (4) the University’s Code of Ethics!  Hit them where it hurts!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

OneThinDime Great idea!

notsofastthere
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notsofastthere

Just one student out of an entire class stood up and stood alone. He get thrown out of class? That’s education and free exchange of ideas? Something is really, really, wrong.

Conservative_Hippie
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Conservative_Hippie

Um…Freedom of Religion?  Hello?

Lady_Penquin
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Lady_Penquin

How about throwing the Koran on the floor and stomping on it? Or a picture of Mohammed? These lefties think they have a green light to attack Christianity, well, let’s make it fair…bet they’re too cowardly to do it.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

Lady_Penquin Exactly, exactly, exactly!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Lady_Penquin That is exactly what I wrote in my e-mail to this so called professor.I dared him to write Mohammed on a piece of paper and have his students stomp on it.Only after I let him know what a bigot he was.

Lady_Penquin
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Lady_Penquin

57thunderbird Lady_Penquin Right, they attack us (or Jews) because we don’t fight back. It is now or never.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Lady_Penquin 57thunderbird Exactly!The time to stand up and fight is now!Enough!

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

Me too, categorized it as Equal Opportunity!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Young skulls full of mush being perverted by a demonic teacher.

stage9
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stage9

You know I heard a pastor tell the story of a student once who was taking one of these useless hate classes.
The first day of class the professor asked all of the students who believed in God to stand up.
The student stood up along with several others. Then the professor said, “I just want you to know that this semester, it is going to be my job to do everything I can to drive God out of you.”
That’s what you get with some of these lectern COWARDS who can’t hold down a real job. They’re such cowards that they hide away in universities all over the world where they are given a captive young audience who is forced to listen to their putrid garbage all day.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

stage9 In have a nephew that recently graduated college.He was an on fire Christian when he entered and now has no faith at all.His father is very upset.I tried to warn him to keep an eye on what his son was hearing at university.

stage9
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57thunderbird stage9 Yep! Statistically, that’s where MOST Christian kids lose their faith — in college. And this is why I get SO ANGRY at the Church! Kids are in church what…at most 4 hours or so a week? How many hours are they sitting through a lecture from a godless professor every week?
The professor teaches the kid how to think. The Church teaches kids how to turn their brains off. WHY?
Yale, Princeton, Harvard…all three began as CHRISTIAN institutions where the mind AND the spirit were fed.
But today, in our churches, we teach our kids through rock concerts and other stupid silliness. We don’t teach them how to DEFEND THEIR FAITH; we teach them how to turn their brains off and become VICTIMS of the secular culture around them! It’s CRIMINAL IMO! And it INFURIATES ME!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

stage9 57thunderbird I disagree with only one part of your post.You said the professors teach them how to think.I think the correct phrase would be,the professors teach them what to think.

stage9
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stage9

57thunderbird stage9 agreed!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Another nastygram on its way!

LIBERTYUSA
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LIBERTYUSA

…E V I L exists and it’s shadow spirit is sweeping across all Christian loving Nations , stay STRONG in FAITH , PRAY and REPENT to the only Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST .”

Laurel
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Laurel

This is higher education…how?!

He was right about his intelligence being insulted.

RighteousCrow_JustCaws
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RighteousCrow_JustCaws

One man among a classroom of children.

MJS
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MJS

Keys and cars don’t often go well, but hey…

stage9
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stage9

The professor’s e-mail: [email protected]

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

stage9 Thanks stage9.I am on it.

nibblesyble
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nibblesyble

stage9 Even better! Thanks Stage!

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

stage9 Who has a great prayer that we can email to this useless prof?

stage9
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OneThinDime stage9 I’m sorry man. I’m a little livid right now. I’m probably the wrong man to ask right now. I’m not in the right spirit.
You know, THIS right HERE is why I study so much. THIS is what motivates me to create dialog on message boards. THIS VERY THING is what keeps me going. Because it’s disgraceful and it must be stopped!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

stage9 OneThinDime Ditto.

TexasPGRRider
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TexasPGRRider

OneThinDime stage9 How about Jesus` own prayer: “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

Thank you, I will email that!

TexasPGRRider
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TexasPGRRider

stage9 THANKS

rjt777
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rjt777

stage9 thanks—was looking for that

rjt777
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rjt777

stage9 If you noticed what this “Professor” managed to get his Doctorate with, his thesis, I don’t know why I don’t get mine right now with such a BOGUS absurd thesis—IS THIS WHAT OUR UNIVERSITIES ARE GIVING OUT DOCTORATES FOR THESE DAYS???!!!

axslinger
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axslinger

I’m thinking a better “exercise” would be to write “Obama” on a piece of paper then *hit on it.  Much more appropriate.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

axslinger Or respond the way women have been instructed to at other universities, vomit and urinate on the man you believe might rape you (financially in this case)

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

FAU main phone number 561-297-3000 email @fau.edu.

nibblesyble
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57thunderbird 
Thanks 57! I am on it right now…what a bleepin disgrace!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

nibblesyble 57thunderbird You are welcome.It is time the believers in this country put an end to the anti-Christian bigotry being pushed by these universities!

stage9
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stage9

nibblesyble 57thunderbird nastygram sent!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

stage9 nibblesyble 57thunderbird Great!The more the merrier.I want this to blow up in their faces!

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

My Equal Opportunity email has been sent!  Can’t wait for a response when Mohammed or Allah will be on that piece of paper.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

OneThinDime Yeah.Me neither.

E Lee Zimmerman
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E Lee Zimmerman

57thunderbird Call and demand the fraud’s resignation.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

E Lee Zimmerman 57thunderbird Exactly!Call and e-mail.Give them the double whammy!

sjmom
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sjmom

This is disgraceful and the teacher should be fired immediately as should the supervisor. The student should contact ACLJ or Thomas More Law Society and let them file suit on his behalf.

OneThinDime
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OneThinDime

njmom I hope Mark Levin gets wind of this and raises he!!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

OneThinDime njmom That would be fantastic.

stage9
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stage9

STUDENTS AND FACULTY ENGAGE IN OPEN DISCOURSE?????
SUCK IT YOU SCUM BAG! 
How’s that for open discourse???? 
Would this black professor consider it “open discourse” to STOMP on a picture of Martin Luther King?
Yeah, I didn’t think so! 
Open discourse only works when you’re and mindless atheist radical! All other discourse is unwelcome!

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Somebody needs to post the e-mail address of this school.I for one will be more than happy to send them my heartfelt opinion of them and this professor.

Pickle Plants
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Pickle Plants

57thunderbird    : This email address is for any inquiry or concern that may not fall into the other functional areas.

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