Traditional values underfoot

When will Christianity-bashing stop?

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“Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.”

Isn’t it amazing an institution of higher learning today has to say such a thing?

And isn’t it all the more amazing that the statement had to be issued to comfort Christians – who represent by far the majority religion in America?

Yet, Florida Atlantic University did have to say it, after an instructor at FAU-Davie told students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomp on it. News reports indicated one student, Ryan Rotela, was suspended after he refused.

The school denied that, but apologized and said the exercise – allegedly used to point out both the arbitrariness and the power of symbols – wouldn’t ever be used again.

While the school says there was never any disciplinary action against Rotela, for some reason he felt it necessary to be protected by the conservative Liberty Institute.

Regardless, we rather doubt such a lesson plan would have included stomping on the name of Muhammad. Why is it OK to do it with Jesus’ name?

Here’s why: It’s because it’s fashionable in some circles to bash Christians. And because Christians don’t pick up knives and torches and call for someone’s death; instead, they pick up the phone.

In some cases, that’s enough, however. No doubt many did pick up a phone and call FAU in protest, and that it helped FAU make an about face and apologize for the incident, after initially defending it.

Why does it take even a civilized backlash to get some people to do the right thing? Why is it that they think bashing Christianity is OK?

When will it stop?

The outrage is reminiscent of a South Carolina teacher’s stomping on an American flag – again, a convenient target but a most regrettable one. The incident exploded nationwide, angering veterans and other patriots and leading to the teacher’s firing. He appealed his termination.

It’s interesting that the symbols that get stomped are always those of traditional American values. Why is that?

And if these educators know so much about the power of symbols, how do they keep having them blow up in their faces?

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/28/13 - 05:41 pm
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I, for one,
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have had it with turning the other cheek.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/28/13 - 08:04 pm
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How Can This Happen?

Florida Atlantic University did have to say it, after an instructor at FAU-Davie told students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and stomp on it

Easy....he has been hired and is being payed to do it.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/28/13 - 09:05 pm
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Amazing

I use the term "take care of" and some sick person, who has watched to many Sopranos episodes; takes it to mean snuffing someone out.

Here is a clue for my brilliant liberal friends (not really); I just had twin babies in January and I TAKE CARE OF THEM. That doesn't mean I kill them daily, it means I provide for them and feed them. I can't believe someone was actually demeaning my argument by using such ridiculous non-sense. Only a liberal would interpret "take care of" in such manor.

Hey, did I mention that my wife and I had twins in January? Something a gay couple WILL NEVER be able to do NATURALLY, with both parents being biological. Little off topic, but I just thought I would throw that jab in there.

BUT, just to clarify for those who need some serious reading comprehension; when I say "Take care of", it means leaving it in God's hands. Not neccessarily to destroy, but leaving the JUDGEMENT to God. This "Professor" will have his day of judgement, just as all of you who make fun of God. I trust God's judgement completely, so if I see this "professor" or one of you after this dispensation of time, I will not question His judgement, I will accept that YOU should be there; for who am I to question.

Using the term "Take care of" isn't just an Italian phrase, it can have MANY different meanings; so how about laying off the mafia movies and video games.

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dahreese 03/28/13 - 09:48 pm
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This statement, "it’s
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This statement, "it’s fashionable in some circles to bash Christians. And because Christians don’t pick up knives and torches and call for someone’s death...." ignores that most Muslims are peaceful and that peaceful Muslims are as much a target of radical Muslims as are people of non-Muslim faiths.

No doubt, however, the statement is just a journalistic oversight.

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