I am writing in support of Dr. Deandre Poole. We urge you to hold fast against the demands of a vocal minority who want you to fire him from his position at Florida Atlantic University.
When a pastor and his congregation use demonstrations and online petitions to demand a university professor be fired because of a textbook exercise, they threaten our Constitutional freedom of religion. It reminds me of the extremes practiced by fundamentalist states elsewhere in the world. Americans are a free and diverse people. “Sacrilege” should not be grounds for firing in America.
Regardless of how I personally feel about the wisdom or suitability of the textbook exercise, I tell you it would be very unwise and very unsuitable for you to be influenced by this hate campaign. Have no doubt, if you give in, these individuals will continue to seek notoriety by putting pressure on FAU in the future.
Please stand firm in support of Dr. Poole, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.