Est. May 2008

01 April, 2013

Shall We Fisk (Da, Da, Da)*

According to Urban Dictionary, ‘fisking’ ‘refers to a point-by-point debunking of lies and/or idiocies.’

Thus, what I am about to do to this article may very well apply.

Shall we fisk (da, da, da)?*

Understand, though – I’m not fisking the author of the article – just the assertions of both the university and Dr. Poole.
Florida Atlantic University announced Friday that Dr. Deandre Poole, the professor at the center of the controversy, was placed on leave for safety reasons.
By now, everybody knows that Dr. Poole foolishly directed his students to stomp on a piece of paper with the name of a certain well-known prophet of a well-known religions which shall not be named, thus incurring the wrath of said followers of…what?  Wait, it wasn’t them?  Oh, it was Christians who were offended by the instructions to stomp on a paper with the name ‘Jesus’ written on it?  Well, there’s a surprise, isn’t it?
"As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole's intercultural communications class, the instructor's personal safety has been compromised," said the university in a statement.
Because, you know, any time those wacky Christians are offended, heads are gonna roll – literally.
They also stated that Poole was not affiliated with the university and that contrary to numerous reports, no student was ever suspended for refusing to participate in the class exercise.
Really?  I mean, just a couple paragraphs earlier…
"Because of this, Dr. Poole will not teach any classes, conduct office hours, or be present at any of FAU's campuses or sites. Alternate instructors have been assigned to teach Dr. Poole's classes. Students have been notified and classes will continue as scheduled."
These clowns have him teaching classes (plural), he has an office with office hours, and apparently he’s allowed to go to different campuses (also plural) – how is this guy not ‘affiliated with the university’?  They don’t just give that kind of stuff to any old Tom, Dick, or Harriet that wanders in off the street and asks.

Oh, and that thing about the student not being suspended?  Yeah, only ‘after a massive national outcry’, after which ‘the university reversed course Monday afternoon and cleared the devout Mormon student of all accusations.’

CYA, anybody?
In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, Poole stated that he never wanted any student to "stomp on Jesus" and that he was simply "doing my job" by following the course material. He also said he received many death threats.
Ah, yes, the ‘I vass only followingk orrderz’ defense, which didn’t work out to well back in 1945.  And it makes me wonder if Dr. Poole followed every lesson plan with such stringent stringency in the past.
"One of the threats said that I might find myself hanging from a tree … My safety has been in question. There are churches that want to march against me. There are people calling on the university to fire me," said Poole.
Okay, first off, I do not countenance death threats against anybody, no matter how damned-fool their actions.  That said, if someone threatened Dr. Poole – who is black – with an implication of lynching, Dr. Poole ought to produce the evidence of this – either to a judge or to the media; it would actually be an example of the racism which folks have been accusing other folks of ever since the Civil Rights Movement began.  Unless and/or until Dr. Poole produces that evidence, call me skeptical.

And as to the calls for his firing and the ‘threat’ of churches marching against him?  Obviously, Dr. Poole thought the people were just like his students: blind followers who would do anything their ‘superiors’ told them and would never, ever challenge him (which, I think, is actually written in the Leadership Manual for the ProgLibDem wing of the population)
"I see how the name Jesus is symbolic. For people like myself, Jesus is my lord and savior. It's how I identify myself as a Christian."
Which then makes you a hypocrite, sir.  If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you don’t take kindly to abuse of His name or the symbols thereof, sir.  And no, you can’t hide behind the ‘I vass just followink orrderz’ shield on this one, pal – remember Matthew 10:33?

Dr. Poole, like so many, many other academics, thought he could get away with something; he got caught, just like so many, many other academics are these days – these days of all-in-one wireless phones with video- and audio-capture features and of students who have gotten tired of the (pardon my language, folks ) bullshit these academics keep slinging at them.  And Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other people of faith have gotten tired of having their beliefs belittled and stomped on, and we’re fighting back as well.

It would do academia well to take note – to quote Theron (and Queen Gorgo) from the movie 300: ‘This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.’ Quit now, before you take worse beatings.

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