Of course not. You're a wuss for being offended when your religious beliefs are mocked, but they're courageous exemplars of free speech when they mock a religion whose adherents will turn the other cheek. Standard leftist self-aggrandizement there. And I'm sure that they took pride in losing someone that they consider too narrow-minded to appreciate their mockery, while they didn't have the nerve to take on a religious group whose followers are violent.
Originally Posted by Bailey
You are projecting your own assumptions on the professor. There's nothing in any of the documents that indicates that he was attempting to teach Christians what the Qur'an means to Muslims. In fact, the publisher of the teacher's manual explained the purpose behind it:
Originally Posted by Novaheart
UPDATE: Michael Counter, Director of Media Relations for St. Norbert College, where the aforementioned textbook’s author teaches, responded to our inquiry. Mr. Counter stated that the following exercise, while not included in the textbook (as Florida Atlantic University’s statement noted), is included in the teacher’s manual that accompanies the textbook. The manual reads:
“This exercise is a bit sensitive, but really drives home the point that even though symbols are arbitrary, they take on very strong and emotional meanings. 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.”
First, no one is asked to write the name of their religious icon except for Christians (the exercise doesn't ask Jews to substitute Moses or Muslims to substitute Mohammed). This is specifically directed against believing Christians and is calculated to offend them, and that is not the function of a state-owned university. Second, the student who objected was suspended for refusing to stomp on his card. Third, the professor who initiated the exercise, Deandre Poole, is also the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Democratic Party. What you have here is a highly partisan political operative using his taxpayer-funded classroom to insult Christians and single out those to who don't along with it for reprisal. That was the purpose of the exercise, and it is despicable, cowardly and utterly at odds with any claims to academic freedom or integrity.