March 22, 2013, - 2:05 pm

DISGUSTING: Florida Atlantic U Class Ordered Students to “Stomp” on Jesus; Prof is Dem Party Vice Chair; Student Suspended for Refusing

By Debbie Schlussel

Florida Atlantic University student Ryan Rotela says his instructor, Dr. Deandre J. Poole, ordered him and other classmates to write the name “JESUS” in bold letters on a sheet of paper and stomp on it. This was for an “intercultural communications course,” whatever the heck that means. (Is this how one “interculturally communicates”: “No, you di’in’t” and “You know datz right”? Just askin’.) When Rotela, a Mormon refused, he was suspended from the class. Yup, ladies and gentleman, this is what your $30,000 a year Kollidg Edjakayshun gets you, these days.


Deandre Poole, Ph.D. in Jesus-Stomping & Intolerance for Christianity & Dem Party Official

Oh, and did I mention that Dr. Poole, who has a Ph.D. from Howard University (where you can apparently get a meaningless doctorate in Jesus-Stompin’) is also the Vice-Chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, a fact noted by reader Duane, but not noted in a single press report. Hmmm . . . . Watch the video.

Reader Duane:

Would FAU defend the decision if he had them draw a picture of Mohammed and stomp on it? Of course not. That would have been a hate-crime that required not only his being fired, and banished forever from teaching.

SPOT ON. Only Christianity and Judaism are openly mocked and attacked in these ivory-towered havens of “free expression of ideas.”

By the way, if you want to contact professor Poole and let him know what you think of his “tolerance” for Christians, his e-mail address is: or I hope that Ryan Rotela sues FAU and Poole. There are several blatant First Amendment violations here.

Here is Prof. Poole’s bio, which reads like he’s a scholar in race merchantry and victimhood–and check out that book he’s writing:

PhD, Howard University

Areas of Specialization: Intercultural Communication, Leadership and Communication, Political Communication

Deandre Poole teaches courses in intercultural communication, ethnicity and communication, leadership and communication, and organizational communication. His research focuses on the role mediated messages play in shaping individual attitudes and beliefs concerning issues of justice and inequality, and examines how leaders, organizations, and other influential authorities dominate and oppress marginalized groups of people. Currently, he is authoring the book, Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero, to be published by the Edwin Mellen Press. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Poole is actively engaged in various community service projects throughout Palm Beach County.

Hmmm . . . I wonder what his religion is.

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He’d have ordered Jewish students to stomp on a Torah scroll, too.

The only thing I’m sure of he would never do is order Muslim students to burn a Koran.

PC nutcases in our universities are sniveling cowards who seek out safe targets to ridicule.

College tuition, adjusted for inflation, doesn’t buy a lot these days.

NormanF on March 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Attacks on Mormons and their religion have become commonplace among liberals since the entry of Mitt Romney into national politics. Liberals have added the Mormon religion to the long list of things they are intolerant of. Look at the play ‘The Book of Mormon’. Do you think there would ever be a play: The Book of Black People, or The Book of Islam?

Modern-day plays and literature make about as much sense as Dr. Poole’s resume.

Little Al on March 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Debbie and others, you folks know that I don’t bid and shill for any religion or any religious groups of people, however in the past I’ve defended jews from both muslims/islamists and neo-nazis who’s been making all sorts of anti-semitic rhetoric and anti-semitic conspiracy BS. Like I said, I could careless for religion and at times theism, but this is unacceptable and disgusting by this professor at FAU, instead of educating his students on REAL education, he’s taking his time out and telling his students to stomp and walk on a photo of an alleged religious prophet?

I think this professor should be suspend for about a week with pay and this student should sue FAU for what his professor did to him by suspending him from his course.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on March 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Hello Sean,

    Here are a few actions I would like to see taking place:

    1. A Tee Shirt with Dr. Poole’s facial photo on it and a LARGE FOOTPRINT ACROSS IT. Do you think it would sell?

    2. University Administration should require Dr. Poole to reimburse the student for Class-time paid, but not received.

    3. Require Dr. Poole to submit his explanation for doing what he did; submit his philosophical justification for penalizing the student who proceeded with his individual action of protest by not stomping of the Jesus picture; and, as mentioned by another commenter, either do the same for all other religious deities as well as Dr. Poole’s photo. ALL OF THIS TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE FAU STUDENT NEWSPAPER (if one).

    Sean, I could not careless for Dr. Poole’s loss of self-esteem and the ridicule he will have heaped upon him for his actions. He deserves to be trashed. Let’s see if he can take it – HA, HA, HA!

    Dennis on March 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      This article failed to share that it was an exercise from the college approved textbook. The exercise came with its goals and objectives. Find the publisher and author for the concept. Find out how many Colleges use this particular text. Don’t be so ready to homecricket without doing your homework 🙂 I love a good story, but give the facts…..don’t make a person ugly without that 1 small detail.

      deanna on March 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        If these places of higher learning are accepting the idea that this is just an excercise and it is ok cause it is in a book, they have no business teaching anything. Mein Kampf was a textbook too.

        GetReal on June 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I would have wrote down the names “Muhammad” and because he is black, “Martin Luther king”. Just to see his reaction at that.

Glen benjamin on March 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm


Thanks for this. Not sure what it will take before people realize how useless most college classes are. At least, back in the day, tuition was cheap. Not so anymore, of course.

Think on this one…

A few years ago, Univ of Texas did a study in which general knowledge tests were given to entering freshmen and graduating seniors. The results: Almost NO difference.

Public reaction: None.

It would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic.

Red Ryder on March 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

There are so many people getting PhD’s in gobblygoop. There are so many professors who know nothing, teach nothing, and add nothing to society.

Students who want to learn should be taking chemistry, biology, physics, economics, and foreign languages. Take the minimum number of credits in the humanities, because the humanities on most college campuses are politically correct horse manure.

Jonathan E. Grant on March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

And this college course will teach us to compete with China how?

Jonathan E. Grant on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I wonder how that is an example of “intercultural communication” (wow – felt stupid just typing that) and what that is supposed to teach to the students?

DS_ROCKS! on March 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm


Communications is a common major for dumb jocks at colleges all over the country.

You could write a very large book on all that is wrong with America academia, including March Madness. Fun and exciting, but what in the world does this have to do with education?

I was a student at UCLA during the glory years, when the team went 88-2 during a three-year period. Again, the games were fun, but it was even more fun upsetting the sheeple by asking them how the success of the UCLA Bruins basketball team is going to improve *their* lives.

Oh yeah, I knew one guy on the team (yes, a starter) who literally could not read.

No accident that our idiot president is more interested in filling out his brackets than actually dealing with any of the country’s problems.

Red Ryder on March 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Idiots like Dr. Poole are not worth my time. Regardless, Jesus loves him.

Road Warrior on March 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Kids these days just sit through this stuff all the time. Wimps like this guy gauge a class for a time then start making comments here and there, to size up the THINKING students. Wonder what he’d do about a cartoon drawn on the white board.

samurai on March 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hey anyone else notice how FAR apart this twerps eyes are? Flounder man is not a super hero.

samurai on March 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Did not surprise me that this liberal would do this. Remember during the Dem’s “nomination celebration” in 2012, the croud rejected God from their party platform three times. The party’s big wigs had to “force” it in… and the crowd Booed it.

But according to a liberal, I would be “parsing”.

Pats on March 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Yes, the Dems showed us how they practice voter fraud.

    Concerned Citizen on March 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

This POS’ bio read like a marathon monologue of Charlie Brown’s teacher. Boring and pointless and full of hot, self-masterbatory, meaningless air. Anyone who sends their kids to Uni these days (other than professions like Doctor and lawyers etc…) are suckers. Who the f*** needs a PhD in Lesbionic Polymer Clay Sculpturing for a kazillion dollars? Only Jackwagons, that’s who.

If I was in this retardo class I’d write Muhammad or L. Ron Hubbard and stomp a hole deeper than that irascible grump Rumpelstiltskin on his WORST day.

Things are devolving. I think the worm has turned and things will slowly get more and more disgusting debased. Interesting times, indeed. All the bad peeps are winning ugly and the good peeps have no clue what a critical turning point we’ve recently passed.

Just wait ’til tomorrow….

Skunky on March 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I reckon not many here are Todd Solondz’ fans (movie director) but one of the vignettes in his “Storytelling” film (the one w/Selma Blair) reminded me of this PhD of ‘Pompatus’. His arrogant face made me think he’s prolly a lot like the D-Bag professor in that story. Wouldn’t doubt it for a minute.

Sometimes when you’re a member of a ‘minority’ identity politics group you can get away with a whooooooooooole lot of sh**.

Skunky on March 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm


    Seems like as good a time as any to remind folks here that all this is a direct (and predicted) consequence of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Red Ryder on March 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I happen to be going to be going to night school at the local community college. Needless to say last semester I had a World History teacher that was similar to this idiot. Call me out of the loop but I didn’t know that they changed BC (Before Christ)in the text books to BCE(Before Commom Error,er Era). I asked why this was so and the lib dope teacher told me that they changed it so as not to offend non Christians. Liberal fruitcake teachers like Doktor Poole and other like him (Docturd Lamont Hill, PhDuh for example) feel like they can besmirch my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ all day long. But let the “prophet” Muhammed be put on a piece of paper to be stepped on. Your’re right folks that would NEVER happen. The crazy radical Islamists would have this guys head-literally.It also doesn’t surprise me that “Dr” Poole is a head honcho of the democrat party in PB County Floriduh. Once a brain dead Obamabot always an Obamabot. Ryan should sue the pants off of Poole, the school administrators and anyone else involved in this affair. It’s high time for these liberal whackjob so-called teachers in our colleges, universities, and public schools to be made the fools that they are.

Ken b on March 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    KenB, I can’t stand that racist fool Docturd Mark LaMont HillOf Beans. He’s also a Jihadi lover, but that is hardly news.

    Due to his support of a female, Jihadi-Nutter he was axed from Fraud News but that splotchy amalgamation of loofahs and falafel, Bill O’Reilly, brings him back to bloviate nonsense on his dopey show (I am disturbed by how many Conservatives still watch that show…).

    But in thinking of what a maroon O’Reilly is, it just occurred to me no matter how low and horrible he is, Vannity makes him look like he has a modicum of credibility in comparison. (On my Twitters I get a long of angry, so-called Conservatives blowing a gasket because Vannity has on Tamara Holder regularly. I am hoping one of these days these well-meaning but dopey so-called Conservatives question WHY Vannity would waste their time by having a mentally deranged, bomb-throwing, know-nothing like Tamara Holder on his show IN THE 1ST PLACE!!! It’s not time well spent! And they can’t see Vannity is a fraud.)

    Skunky on March 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      All the so called conservatives in media are only in it for the money and ratings. They are not advancing the cause. Just like Jesse “Jerkwater Jackson” and the reverend Al “Notso” Sharpton, they thrive on the friction between the camps. They don’t give a damn which side wins or rules as long as the exploitable friction survives. Just whores, the lot of them.

      Pete on March 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Skunky I also figured out why Hill talks so fast. You see his not too bright even though he’s got a PhD. So in order to keep the the opposing view silent he tries to out talk him. This is one of the many reasons why I haven’t watched O’Really in years. Loofah Boy just loves to hear himself “bloviate” doesn’t he. I agree with you too about Vannity. What a dope this guys is. He and Jessie Jackson’s sloppy seconds Tamara Holder deserve each other. He use to have her and Michelle Malkin on his show. I couldn’t tell who the smart one was in that bunch because all three of them were nitwits.

      Ken b on March 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Futile it is to rail
Against Zion’s instruments.
By this is hastened
Fulfillment of the protocol.

fgn on March 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    fgn, you need to stop doing the crack pipe before you post. What you posted made no sense whatsoever. on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for exposing this POS Debbie. I’ll be writing and calling those who can have an impact on this maniac’s career on Monday.

J Grafano on March 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Anyone care to explain what fgn is talking about and comment?

RT on March 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Rt. I think fgn was referring to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was an old nineteenth century forgery. It was for decades a fetish book for antisemites. The only people dense enough to take it seriously now are Muslims and Neo-Nazis.

    Of course, it i

    Worry01 on March 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Deandre Poole is a classic religious bigot. He is not satisfied with despising the beliefs of many of his students, Dr. Poole must publicly humiliate them as well.

Worry01 on March 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm


    You’re giving him way too much credit. He’s not smart enough to be a bigot. He’s merely a bully.

    Red Ryder on March 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Nice post, particularly in focusing on Poole’s status as a Democratic party official. Late last night I did a lengthy post delving into some of the details, which might be of interest:

Badger Pundit on March 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm

His religion?

I doubt it’s Islam, which Schlussel seems to believe.

It’s more likely the same kind of Black liberation communist atheist ideology that claims to be “Christian” somehow. All the worst aspects of Jeremiah Wright and the Jim Jones cult. And what Christian WOULDN’T advocate stomping on Jesus to a bunch of students?

I actually agree with the dingleberry about the “mythical hero” part – though not the way he means, of course. Only he should have called his book “Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical American.”

Sta tus MoNkey y on March 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm


    Not so sure. Jim Jones was and Wright is definitely atheist, but these types do not admit such. Rather, they declare that they are “liberationists,” “socialists,” etc.

    Poole is probably not a Muslim, since no Muslim EVER publicly denigrates Jesus, whom they call a prophet. Of course, they love killing Christians, but that’s another story.

    Red Ryder on March 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

You know what they are trying to do? They are trying to wipe out faith from America. When they have the slate clean they will enforce Islam on America. When this happens they use all the power of Moslem America against Israe.

I despise these trashy people and just to think of them makes me puke. I noticed with pleasure the stance of the ACLJ against these thugs. Thuggery is a source of pride in Islam. The sadest part now is the fall of the UN in the hands of the OIC and they are virtually turning the UN into UNIC “United Nations of Islamic Countries.” This is very dangerous maneuver indeed. I am writing a letter to Ms. Navi Pillay expressing my views on this issue. I would be gla dto e-mail acopy of my letter to her. I madeit a point to state all my pertinent information to her.

Gamal R. SCHAROUBIM on March 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

Let’s face the facts. Poole is a product of affirmative action. Which means giving a leg up to totally unqualified incompetents simply because of their skin color. How many more intelligent and qualified whites were denied admission to Harvard in order to make room for the Pooles?

Jerry G on March 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

This is the predictable result of a society that refuses to flush the cultural toilet. Eventually, it is awash in excrement. “Dr. Deandre” is just another turd that crested the rim of the bowl.

Pete on March 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

Was Deandre Poole a product of affirmative action? Was he accepted into college because of his skin color?

Truth on March 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm


    You can pretty much bet your life on that. BUT–the problem is far worse than individual affirmative action cases. We have created a *culture* of affirmative action and victims.

    For God’s sake, we have an affirmative action president.

    Not only do totally incompetent and unqualified people advance (much more than usual, before the Civil Rights Act), all the standards of society have been compromised.

    And, I’m not just talking about Blacks. How, for example, did Liz Warren, coming out of a second-rate law school (besides her crummy scholarship) end up as a Harvard professor? How did the less-than-brilliant Kagan become DEAN of Harvard Law School, and how did she become a Supreme Court justice without ever having tried a single case?

    And, here’s the worst part….

    We will never get these standards back, unless and until people come to grips with the fact that “Harvard” (speaking symbolically here) doesn’t mean jack anymore. They ruined their own brand, and all brands.

    Red Ryder on March 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm


      You forgot to mention the best part. Normally, as minorities advance and “catch up” through affirmative action (including, as you mentioned, beinelectorates to the presidency itself), the so-called “justification” for state-sanctioned racial discrimination should fade and then finally disappear.

      Rather than fading, however, affirmative action has now been supercharged AND put on steroids. Racial preferences in colleges are stronger than they have been at any point in human history. And they will only get stronger in future years. I seriously doubt that I could get accepted at MY alma mater under the racial spoils system bonanza that we have today.

      Sta tus MoNkey y on March 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm


        Well said. Of course, in nearly all cases, we can point to endless negative consequences from liberal policies and politicians.

        One of my favorite examples is FDR–whom I have studied for years. Yet, no matter how much bad you discover, there is *always* more. Truly, the gift that keeps on giving.

        Red Ryder on March 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

Where are the parents of students when this type of disgusting diatribe is spewing from Poole? Still writing checks to FAU?

Rochelle on March 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Wonder what would have happened if the student had opted to write Mohammad or Malcom X on a piece of paper and stooped on it instead? I would assume it would serve the same the purpose as the instructor was attempting to accomplish, so I can’t see where he would have had any objects.

Paul on March 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Boys, oh Boys. It’s been a little over 8 years since I’ve been to Boca Raton.

My mom has a nice little flat sandwiched between the A1A and the Dixie Highway. And a good 45-minute walk from FAU.

They say that gators roam the place, but so far I hadn’t seen them when I passed through on my walk to the Town Center Mall.

Maybe I’ll head back to Boca for (US) Thanksgiving or X-mas/New Years – there’s always one big shindig at Mizner Park on NYE.

What is my point? Nothing except that Debbie’s post gave me a bit of a flashback. My mom once told me that Boca was a conservative place. At first I thought that the FAU campus there was involved: that would set me off.

Even though I don’t subscribe to any religion, the actions of Deandre (and Noemi Marin) leave a lot to be desired. This shows irresponsibility and contempt for the students who have paid an arm and a leg. For what? Education? Enlightenment? Respect?

If I were that prof, I would’ve just asked these paying students to do what they believe is right and justifiable to that piece of paper as they see fit. And Ryan Rotela would still be attending that class.

The Reverend Jacques on March 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

It amazing this story lacked the very FACT that this Instructor was doing an exercise from a TEXTBOOK!! Leaving this fact out embelishes the story as if he was an individual hater of JESUS. As well as misleading his class to hate Jesus. Find out who wrote and published the book. The exercise apparently would had a positive end result. It sadden me that many of your views and the way this story is written “demeaning a person education, school, and verbage shows who is the real BIGOTS!!

deanna on March 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

That school is full of nutty professors. One even says Newton was a conspiracy to promote gun control.

Visteo on March 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Exactly, story not worth the research especially since it was a textbook lesson. I just don’t care for getting folks riled up without the facts. Too many bias comments vs. Thank you for your kind words.

deanna on March 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I’d show the student showed excellent communication skills: He communicated that he venerated Jesus and his teachings.

Even if language were an obstacle, anyone, no matter what language they spoke, would be able to see his action (or refusal to act) as a very clear indication that he held “Jesus” in high esteem. If they didn’t know who or what Jesus was they would still get the message that Jesus was important to this particular student.

Now THAT is good intercultural communication.

So, this exercise came from a textbook? But the teacher is free to use his own good sense in choosing whether or not to follow the textbook’s suggested activities. That’s right. The activity was only SUGGESTED. It was the teacher, himself, who made it mandatory, and chose to suspend the student for failing to participate.

And really, in college, how many students are actually SUSPENDED for failing to participate in one lousy class activity that maybe took all of two minutes? It is absurd. Suspensions are for egregious rule-breaking and anti-social behavior.

And the college is backing up the professor in this? Absurd!

Michelle C. Young on April 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

“The exercise came from an instructor’s manual written by St. Norbert College communications professor Jim Neuliep. The assignment was part of a chapter about dealing with the power of certain words.

“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,” the exercise states. “Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”

Read more:

OK, when done in the manner described here, I can see the significance. Most students WILL hesitate. And when they do, you do not FORCE them, or SUSPEND them for not doing it. You ask them why they do not want to do it and discuss the significance of the word on the paper.

Looks like the professor needs to work on his reading comprehension before he does any more of these textbook activities.

Michelle C. Young on April 1, 2013 at 12:31 am

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