Man, the story of that Arkansas teacher who shows The Passion of the Christ to his students was even worse than I thought. He accompanied that with a right-wing political rant and a quiz about the movie that was pure proselytization. It could have come from a Sunday school class. And that teacher has a history:
Reached at her office, ACLU-Arkansas legal director Holly Dickson identified the teacher speaking on the audio clip as Greg Hendrix, who also coaches football and track at the school. Dickson said Hendrix is the same Greg Hendrix who was terminated as a football coach by the Bentonville School District in October 2014 after, witnesses said, he allegedly called a former player a “faggot” and a “fucking queer.”
But then he gets hired as a teacher and coach at another school. That alone should have rendered him permanently ineligible to teach anywhere. But Wilbur Mills High School hired him, so they sure as hell shouldn’t be surprised at this. A student recorded the anti-liberal rant he went on along with showing the film:
So here’s the deal: your first amendment right to peacefully assemble in this classroom and to have free speech, was ruined by one person. A liberal. I keep telling you, when Democrats are offended by something and they don’t agree with it, they want to shut it down, they want to ban it, and they want to censor it. So you have lost your first amendment right that is guaranteed to you by the constitution to peaceful assembly in this classroom, and to free speech, because of one person. How’s that make you feel?…
I don’t care whether you agree with Donald Trump’s politics or his philosophies or not. The man has the right under the constitution to hold a presidential rally and have a peaceful rally. You had people there starting fights, standing, then they want to blame it on him because of his rhetoric, because of what he says. No, you did that because you got paid $3,500. Bird of a feather do what? They flock together. Let this be your first lesson on liberalism, Democrats 101. Let this be your first lesson. Don’t say Jesus at school. Oh, Lord. Don’t say Jesus at school. But we can push Islam on you, and, you know, gay rights, and all this other stuff. All that’s acceptable. But don’t say Jesus. Okay?…I keep telling you, I’ll never understand how blacks can support the Democratic party. It just blows my mind. All they do is convince y’all that whoever the Republican nominee is is going to take away food stamps and all this stuff, put you in chains and send you back to Africa. Well, shit. If was going to happen, they would have done it a long time ago, wouldn’t you think? Has a Republican ever done that? No. Here’s the bottom line on Republicans, because I am one. Actually, I’m a Constitutional Conservative: we just want you to get off your ass and go to work and be productive members of society and quit mooching off the government, because somebody is paying for that. Me.
How anyone could possibly think that this is appropriate to say in a public school classroom is almost beyond comprehension. But it gets worse. Far worse. This is apparently the quiz handed out by the teacher after he showed the movie:
It’s also not the first time this school district has had problems with this. 13 years ago, the school revealed to a student’s parents that he was gay after he told some of his classmates that he was, then they punished him by forcing him to read the Bible and listen to sermons. That led to a consent decree in which the school agreed to stop blatantly violating the Constitution.
This teacher should be fired and forbidden to ever come within 1000 feet of a school, for crying out loud.