by WAYNE LAUGESEN 03/27/2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ryan Rotella refused to step on Jesus.
The Florida Atlantic University junior’s act of reverence resulted in suspension from his college class and a barrage of attention he neither sought nor anticipated.
“The story illustrates the degree to which traditional Christian beliefs are held in contempt in the secular academy [of higher education],” said Patrick McNamara, director of communications for the New York-based Catholic League.
Rotella was in a March 4 lecture in his intercultural communication class when instructor Deandre Poole told students to each write “Jesus” on paper and then step on it. Rotella set his paper on a surface and told Poole he was offended by the request.
“Anytime you stomp on something, it shows that you believe that something has no value,” Rotella explained …