Fla. Governor Outraged over Jesus Stomping Case

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked the chancellor of the state's university system to look into a controversial lesson at Florida Atlantic University.

He wants more information about a classroom assignment involving stomping on a paper with the name of Jesus on it.

The move comes after the school apologized for the assignment and promised it would not be used again.

The lesson was supposed to deal with the power of certain words. But one student, Ryan Rotella, refused to particpate.

He's a committed Mormon and he said it would offend his religious beliefs. School officials defended the lesson at first and told Rotella he would be suspended.

However, the school later relented, calling the the intercultural excercise "insensitive and intolerant."

"Please be assured that while a state university is a place for open dialogue and debate, we accept that we have a tremendous responsibility to consider the repercussions of our decisions." FAU President Mary Jane Saunders wrote in a letter to state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan and Dean Colson, chairman of the State University System's governing board.

Not satisfied with FAU's apology, the governor is demanding more be done.

"Whether the student was reprimanded or whether an apology was given is in many ways (inconsequential) to the larger issue of a professor's poor judgment," Scott said in a letter to Brogan.

"The professor's lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom," he said.

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