About 60 demonstrators on Tuesday accused Florida Atlantic University administrators of abandoning academic freedom when they apologized for and abandoned a controversial classroom exercise in which students were asked to write Jesus’ name on a piece of paper and step on it.
Accompanied by a guitarist and hand-lettered placards, a group of faculty, students and others rallied outside the FAU administration building to show support for Deandre Poole, the instructor who followed a textbook guide and conducted the “Jesus” exercise in an intercultural communications class to demonstrate the power of words as symbols.
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