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University apologizes & reinstates student

In my last post I reported that a Florida Atlantic student had been suspended from class for refusing to step on the name of Jesus. Many of you responded and the good news is, your voices were heard. The outcry was so great that the university has reversed course. The Blaze reports: In a…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

In my last post I reported that a Florida Atlantic student had been suspended from class for refusing to step on the name of Jesus. Many of you responded and the good news is, your voices were heard.

The outcry was so great that the university has reversed course. The Blaze reports:

In addition to be axed from the class, Rotela was apparently told not to speak with other students and he was also faced with possible suspension or expulsion. These latter claims were predicated upon a hearing that he was slated to go through.

The university has backed down. Rotela’s lawyer, Hiram Sasser, with the conservative Liberty Institute, told Starnes that “there will be no punishment” and that the school is “wiping the record clean for Ryan.” He will apparently be continuing in the course, but will not have to deal with Poole in the process.

FAU Dean of Students Corey King also reiterated the school’s regret over the incident, apologizing and telling Starnes that there was no intent to offend.

Rotela was very thankful for the inevitable outcome, telling Starnes that he is gracious for the many Christians who called the college and made their opposition to the controversial Jesus activity known.

“I have two words — thank you,” the student said. “If it wasn’t for all the Christians and the open-minded people who decided to call the university — I would be sitting in a room getting punished, getting sanctioned from the school and getting expelled from the university.”

Thanks to those of you who spoke up. Here's the moral of the story: When you speak up, you can make a difference. So I leave you with the question, what areas of your life have you been on othe defensive? What would it mean for you to fight back?

Comments (3)

  • This is great news and I am not surprised. Our voice soes make a difference. You’re right. What else might we see happen if we speak up?
    I would still like to hear of the actions taken towards the professor and the changes made in the curriculum.

  • “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26

  • It is now way pass time to stand up and be counted as a Christian. We have been silent way too long. Good going for this student and he was put to the test by no one else but, Satan working through this man….Stand up to Satan and bring our heavenly father along with you and Satan doesn’t stand a chance. He knows what is coming to him in the end and he has so little time to try anything and everything…don’t fall for it. GOD BLESS

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