You knew that no liberal professor would ever write “Allah” on a sheet of paper and force students to stomp on it. The same is true of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. You aren’t the least surprised that students were forced to stand on a paper that had JESUS written on it.
And you wouldn’t be surprised if you heard of students who were ridiculed by a liberal professor for believing in God or being political conservatives. It goes with the college experience.
Deandre Poole, a liberal professor at Florida Atlantic University who also serves as vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, teaches in the areas of Intercultural Communication, Leadership and Communication, and Political Communication. Here’s a summary of the book Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach he was using in his class that has caused a national controversy and has forced officials at FAU to apologize:
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper. Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
I wonder how Prof. Poole, who is black, would have reacted if the lesson had said to have the students stomp on the name Martin Luther King, Jr. First of all, it would never happen, and second, there would be a national outcry with the “Justice Brothers”1 making a bee-line to the offending university calling on the teacher and president of the department to resign.
Few university professors would shrink from ridiculing the views of Jews and Christians. They would argue that it’s their right to do so. The First Amendment protects them from government censorship.
What they say about Christianity and Judaism also applies to Islam, and yet we find few negative stories about Islam. Why didn’t the textbook offer several options, including writing “the name ALLAH in big letters on a piece of paper.”
We see how Christianity is regularly ridiculed in films and TV shows. Islam gets a pass out of fear of retaliation.
You may recall that the Defense Department reclassified the Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence.” We know that Maj. Hassan shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is Great”) after firing a total of 214 rounds at his fellow soldiers. Even so, we were told that Hassan’s religious beliefs were not a factor in the shooting.
We don’t want to upset the Muslims.
For all the talk about a lack of civility and the use of “hate speech” by liberals, it seems that the Left is most guilty of being uncivil and hateful.
But there’s more going on here, as Paul Kengor, Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News. He’s not surprised by the classroom lesson.
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.
Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.
“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.
The goal of these types of classroom “lessons” is to desensitize students who arrive at college with a fragmented moral worldview. The first year of college life is to break down their moral inhibitions.
At the same time that religious hate was being promoting in the classroom by a liberal professor, FAU was preparing an exhibit to showcase stories of overcoming ‘Gay’ hate.
- Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. [↩]