What's in a name? Apparently that question requires more than most people really are willing or able to apply and when the name has religious significance, those who have the cranial horsepower will usually use it to run like hell. That leaves people like me to comment.
Florida Atlantic University finds itself in hot water on
this cold Wednesday morning in South Florida. Seems there was a
classroom exercise in which students were asked to write the name Jesus
on a piece of paper and "stomp" on it. From media sources, it's still
unclear what the context was and I can only recall reading about a
similar practice in Japan a few hundred years ago where suspected
heretics (Christians) were required to pledge their allegiances to
traditional values by stepping on a picture of Jesus. Refuse and you
were beheaded. But anyway, Full time gardener and part time student
Ryan Rotelas, who identifies himself as a Mormon still has his head
attached, even though he claims he was asked to leave the classroom for
making a fuss about it, but he sure is mad and always quick to defend
the real and proper faith, Florida Governor Rick Scott is demanding an
investigation and an apology from the Boca Raton, Florida University.
I've been demanding that he apologize for ripping off Medicare for a few
billion bucks and ask God for forgiveness for quite a while now, but
that's a trifle compared with stepping on sacred and holy notebook
paper. I mean that piece of wood pulp is GOD! Transubstantiation and all that.
what a horrible offense, to ask college level students to explore
religious intolerance particularly when it concerns Christian ideas of
what is sacred - like pieces of paper with grossly mistranslated and
mispronounced Hebrew names. Helped by Yahweh. After all we're talking
about Joshua, Moses' successor here.
The school of
course promises never to desecrate such a common South American name
again. I don't recall Scotty having said much about the Koran-Burning
Christian church in Florida, by the way, but of course that would
require him to stomp on Jesus again, at least figuratively.
bad someone like Rick didn't get all Ezekiel on a college professor of
mine who wrote books about how the Nazis didn't really have death camps
or intervene when as a child I had to learn songs about Jesus in
elementary school, but that was years ago and we've progressed. It's
good to know that Christians, at least have not only God, but Rick Scott
on their sides.