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.
And in today’s news …..
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.