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April 02, 2013

"Jesus Stomp" Professor on Leave, Because You Monsters Threatened Him

That's right, he's not been suspended (as the student reporting him was) due to his lesson being almost deliberately crafted to have no legitimate purpose, but because, you see, the University cannot guarantee his safety with you bloodthirsty maniacs lurking about.

FAU instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately for safety reasons. 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.

In addition, this decision will prevent further disruption to the day-to-day operations of Florida Atlantic University.

Sexton adds:

By suggesting that Poole is on leave for his own safety, the school manages to get rid of him while simultaneously making him the victim.

I think that's part of it but not all of it. Being the aggrieved party is only half of the equation; the equation still needs a Designated Villain. Which means you. As usual.

I don't think an argument about the lesson itself would turn out so well for the professor or the local school. The activity seems narrowly crafted to teach only one slender cohort of the populace something about giving up their symbols.

Instead, they resort to what I'm calling the political collateral attack: changing the topic from the terms of actual debate (where they'd lose) to something they're more comfortable arguing. To wit, how awful and monstrous and violent and irrational these right-wing maniacs are, as a personal matter.

Rather than discuss the issue as educated adults with good-faith intents discuss things, they always return to the primitive urge inborn in us, and practiced first as children: Just calling their opponents names.

Hah! mama winger--

I don't get it. The safest place for him to be would be on the college campus. It's a gun free zone, isn't it?

Funny that.






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