Florida Academic University has issued a formal apology on behalf of a professor who instructed students to write the name of Jesus on paper and then stomp on it during a class exercise. According to several media outlets last week, a student in the class was suspended for refusing to participate in the lesson. However, the statement by the university assured the public that “no students will be disciplined in any way related to this exercise, either inside or outside the classroom.”
“Based on the offensive nature of the exercise, we will not use it again … it was insensitive and unacceptable,” the apology on the website read. “We continue to apologize to all the people who were offended and deeply regret this situation has occurred … Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”
The Christian Post wrote that the instructor who oversaw the class was Dr. Deandre Poole, who is a chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party and is unaffiliated with FAU. Poole, according to his profile on the PBC Democratic Party website, is a member of Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ. He said that the classroom exercise was intended to inspire debate.