FIRST THEY KILLED JESUS, NOW THEY STOMP ON HIM

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Contrary to the belief of some of the ignorant among us, it was not the Jews that killed Jesus. It was hatred and jealousy…
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Below is a poem I wrote about 30 years ago…
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The Nazarene

 

The Passover is once again upon us and

We reflect on the years gone by;

Of the tribulations of the people

And the heroes of the ages.

 

The traditional feast, the Seder, has

Been with us for thousands of years.

For most it has always been a joyous meal,

But for one it became the Last Supper.

 

So cruel they were to you as they

Nailed you to the cross on the hill

Treating you like a common criminal

Rather than the great man that you were.

 

You felt no malice towards your betrayers,

Instead you asked your god to forgive them

For the crime they committed against you

And those who were close to you.

 

Two thousand years have passed since

That shameful day and each year

The crime is reenacted by those

Who usurp your name.

 

You taught love and tolerance

But most of that message is ignored.

Instead there have been wars in your name,

Something, I am sure you would oppose.

 

Where are your powers today, when they are

Needed to cleanse the earth of its hatred?

The very ones who slew you sanctified

Your name and continue to slay.

 

Is there no way you can show them

How to change their ways and to live

As you would have wanted them to

Instead of the way they are?

 

Great temples have been built in

Your honor on every continent

But the message is lacking

One of your basic teachings – Love.

 

Oh, great one that you were

You must show them the way

Before there are more, like yourself,

Nailed to the cross for refusing to hate.

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And in today’s news …..

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Florida Professor In Hot Water Over Stomp on ‘Jesus’ Exercise

Instructed Students To Step on Paper With Name On It

A Florida university has come under fire over a professor’s controversial classroom assignment that asked his students to write “Jesus” on a sheet of paper and then to step on it.

The incident earlier this month at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, has prompted the school to issue an apology and led to a call from Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott for an investigation.

“I am deeply disappointed in the recent actions of Florida Atlantic University faculty that raises significant questions over students’ rights and the lessons being taught in our classrooms,” Scott wrote in a letter to the head of Florida’s state university board on Tuesday.

The classroom exercise was conducted as part of a course on intercultural communication at the public university.

It called for students to write the words “Jesus” in big letters on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and then to step on the paper. Students were then asked to describe how they felt.

School officials said the instructor told students they could choose whether to participate in the exercise, which was based on an example in a study guide to a course textbook and intended to provoke a discussion of cultural symbols.

In a recent statement, Florida Atlantic University said it will no longer use the exercise after it sparked criticism from some students.

“It was insensitive and unacceptable. Based on the offensive nature of the exercise, we will not use it again and have issued an apology to the community,” the statement said.

In his letter, Scott said he wanted more than just an apology from the school.

“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 wrote.

“I’m requesting a report of the incident, how it was handled and a statement of the university’s policies to ensure this type of ‘lesson’ will not occur again,” Scott added.

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14 Comments

  1. Redpossum said,

    March 28, 2013 at 16:36

    OK, I agree on principle that the exercise was tasteless and not a good idea.

    But let’s do a little thought exercise here. If the teacher had told them to write the name “Allah” upon a piece of paper, drop it on the floor, and step on it, would there be the same screaming outrage?

    (And my apologies to the umma for describing such a scenario. I intend no disrespect to Islam, or Muslims, or the Prophet, PBUH.)

    Would the hyper-conservative governator of Florida be shrieking hysterically and demanding heads over that? I don’t think so. Whatever they may say, it is not the principle that is the source of this widespread protest. It is the direct insult to their own god.

    As a Pagan, I sometimes find myself left just shaking my head in amazement at the behavior of monotheists. Would it really kill you folks to respect each other’s gods, just a little bit?

  2. March 28, 2013 at 18:55

    you state you are a pagan and as a muslim i respect you because you have come to the first part of our creed LA ILLAAHA(there is no god) ILLALLAH is the second part(except Allah). Jesus PBUH was not killed or crucified as recorded in the bible and koran.

  3. hp said,

    March 28, 2013 at 19:28

    Far better (truth – courage.- conviction) to be an atheist and deny God outright than to confess belief and commit all the various end runs around God.

  4. Jay said,

    March 29, 2013 at 04:40

    I think you should re-examine your thought exercises. I would be willing to bet that if this had been done with the name Allah, there actually would have been a lot more outrage.

    It seems to me the Christian community has decried this act in a pretty civilized way, by simply verbalizing their discontent. To claim you are “shaking your head in amazement” is simply pretentious.

    The larger issue here is that exercises like this are used to desensitize students to the dehumanization of any inconvenient group. This kind of “lesson” has little intellectual value. Anyone who is a real free-thinker can see that at best the whole thing is a sad case of education being used to get students to yammer on about their feelings rather than really discipline their minds. At worst, it very well may have been a way to create division within society. The elites work by dividing and conquering.

  5. March 29, 2013 at 06:00

    Now you know why the world will end soon.

  6. Dave said,

    March 29, 2013 at 06:41

    If the name on the paper was Allah or Mohammed, there would be the usual litany of outrage, indignation and violent reprisal against the faculty, the lecturer and anyone who attempted to explain it in its proper context. The reaction noted in this article from the faithful has shown it to be considered, measured and rational, with no hysterics and calls for any public disobedience or threats to various parties. No religion should be exposed to that sort of insensitive action, but the sad fact is they do occasionally. The difference is that some are mature and sure of their place in the world and deal with it, others are immature and uncertain and they lash out to show that they are strong in a faith based context. Me personally I trust my life to be part of a system with no divine being or entity in charge of my destiny. I respect others have faith in religious figures, my faith is in science and biology.

  7. Blake said,

    March 29, 2013 at 07:35

    zionists can get away with anything. The only “crime” is to take them to task.

  8. March 29, 2013 at 16:33

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  9. robertsgt40 said,

    March 29, 2013 at 17:00

    Correct. It was hatred and jealousy by the Jewish leaders who rejected Christ and had him crucified. Nothing has changed.

  10. Kit Holz said,

    March 29, 2013 at 23:26

    Who knows whether Jesus ever lived? There is hardly any evidence and ancient historians hardly mention the name Jesus.

  11. Anaxamander Z. Gormlay said,

    March 29, 2013 at 23:32

    By their fruits shall ye know them.

  12. Aileen Markowski said,

    March 30, 2013 at 04:40

    I think the professor should be fired. If the student had written the professor’s name on a paper and stomped on it, I am sure they would have kicked him out, or given him some sort of disciplinary action and interrogated by the head officials as to his actions. The Lord’s name is HOLY even when written on paper.

  13. March 30, 2013 at 13:47

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  14. March 31, 2013 at 13:50

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