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Sometimes people stand up for their beliefs by refusing to stand on them.
Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University and devout Mormon, claims he was thrown out of class by his instructor after refusing to step on the name of Jesus as part of a classroom exercise.
Then the governor heard about it, according to the News Service of Florida:
Gov. Rick Scott wants a detailed report from state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan regarding an incident in which a Florida Atlantic University student claimed he was suspended from class for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word "Jesus." "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 stated 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...
Schools: Florida Atlantic University