BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University professor accused of having students write the name "Jesus" in large letters on a piece of paper put it on the floor and step on it, is speaking out about the controversy.
Dr. Deandre Poole told insiderhighered.com , "I was doing my job." He said he was following directions from the instructor's guide.
He also disputes the notion that he told students to 'stomp on Jesus.'
In the article he said he only asked people to step on the paper and that only one student had an objection.
He also said he is "very religious" and that "Jesus is my lord and savior, it's how I identify myself as a Christian."
He told insidehighered.com that the he expected students to pause before stepping on the paper, with their discomfort setting off a discussion.
He says he has received hate mail and death threats and that people have called for his firing. "And it's all for doing my job. I was doing my job."
FAU put Poole on administrative leave for his safety.
To read the original interview in its entirity, go to: http://bit.ly/10glIzj