Don't get me wrong, I'm an atheist and I just shake my head at folks who can read the Bible and think that God is a kind and loving God who is "in control" and we're all going to be raptured and all that crap.
But what I also shake my head at is people who will ridicule Christians, but get all outraged if anyone ridicules Muslims! And yet in practically any Muslim country you care to name, the minority Christian population live in fear of their lives. There is *no* adapting to what Christians want in those countries, yet Muslims come to the US and all of a sudden taxi drivers don't have to let drunk people into their cabs, and they don't have to let people with dogs into their cabs, and so on. They also get to wash their feet 5 times a day in specifically designed restrooms just for them...
I'd say there's a lot of mindless ritual there that deserves to be held up to the light of day, just like the Jews and their silly ways as well. (There's some rule that Jews aren't supposed to leave their neighborhoods on Saturday and Sunday, so they put "symbolic" symbols up on streets all the way to the nearest grocery store, so that they can go there on weekends. How stupid is that?)
The point though is this. We here in the States can ridicule Christianity, that's easy. But dare to ridicule Islam, and you're a racist, and if you ridicule Judaism of course you're an anti-semite. These folks don't seem to realize that we're ridiculing *all* religions, and it doesn't matter the race, creed or color of the person practicing that religion.
So at Hannity yesterday someone posted the story below, and there's a lot of ridicule in the thread because Christians are upset about this.
And I'm just wonder, are the people who are doing the ridiculing thinking at all? What was the point of the exercise - to engender debate? To show the pointlessness of putting some "all knowing all loving
being on a pedestal and then getting mad if someone stomped on it?
Because let's be realistic here. If there had been any Muslims in that class, and if it had been the name Mohammad that the professor had told his students to stomp on, well of course he'd be fired for being racist and there'd be this huge outcry and a fatwah against anyone who dared do it.
But you will never see anyone in the US do this because, if they did do it, they'd lose their job toot sweet (and even tout suite) and be branded as racist and an Islamophobe for the rest of their lives and probably never be able to get another job.
But, of course, stomping on the name, Jesus. Nothing racist in that....
From Fox News: Professor Makes Students “Stomp on Jesus”
A Florida Atlantic University student said he was punished after he refused a professor’s directive to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” written on it. The university, meanwhile, is defending the assignment as a lesson in debate.
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“I’m not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated,” student Ryan Rotela told television station WPEC. “I truly see this as I’m being punished.”
Rotela, who is a devout Mormon, said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class told the students to write the name “Jesus” on a sheet of paper. Then, they were told to put the paper on the floor.
“He had us all stand up and he said ‘Stomp on it,’” Rotela said. “I picked up the paper from the floor and put it right back on the table.
The young college student told the instructor, Deandre Poole, that the assignment was insulting and offensive.
“I said to the professor, ‘With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate,’” Rotela said. ‘I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.’”
Rotela took his concerns to Poole’s supervisor – where he was promptly suspended from the class.
Poole did not return calls seeking comment.
According to his university profile, he has a PhD from Howard University and is authoring a book titled, “Obamamania: The Rise of a Mythical Hero.”
A university spokesperson told they could not comment about Rotela’s case due to student privacy laws.
However, the university is defending the instructor’s assignment to stomp on the name of Jesus.
“As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives,” said Noemi Marin, the university’s director of the school of communication and multimedia studies.
“While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate,” Marin added.
The lesson on bashing the name of Christ is included in a textbook titled, “Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition.”
Fox News obtained a synopsis of the lesson that got Rotela in trouble.
“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper,” the lesson reads. “Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, told Fox News he’s not surprised by the classroom lesson.
“These are the new secular disciples of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance’ – empty buzzwords that make liberals and progressives feel good while they often refuse to tolerate and sometimes even assault traditional Christian and conservative beliefs,” Kengor said.
Kengor said classes like the one at Florida Atlantic University demonstrate the contempt many public institutions hold for people of faith.
“It also reflects the rising confidence and aggression of the new secularists and atheists, especially at our sick and surreal modern universities,” he said.
The university did not explain why students were only instructed to write the name of Jesus – and not the name of Mohammed or another religious figure.
“Gee, I wonder if the instructor would dare do this with the name of Mohammed,” Kengor wondered.
Rotela said the idea of stomping on the name of Jesus was beyond his comprehension.
“Any time you stomp on something it shows you believe that it has no value,” he told the television station. “If you were to stomp on the word Jesus – it says the word has no value.”