Target: Pulaski County Special School District Spokesperson Deborah Roush
Goal: Terminate teacher who allegedly forced religious beliefs on public school students and strip him of his teaching credentials.
A history teacher in Arkansas screened a portion of Mel Gibson’s 2004 movie, The Passion of the Christ, then reportedly proceeded to hand out a study guide for the movie that forced Christian ideology on his students. This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Making matters even worse, when a student complained about the movie and the assignment, the teacher, Mr. Greg Hendrix, allegedly used class time to rant against liberals and political correctness, while calling the student who complained a “liberal” and shaming them in front of their classmates.
The Passion of the Christ is a disturbing, hyper-violent film about the last 12 hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The movie has been heavily criticized for having antisemitic undertones.
Following the screening of the film, Mr. Hendrix reportedly handed the students a study guide for the film, which contained several questions that pertained to the student’s views on the New Testament and the Passion of Jesus Christ, including:
- “Did seeing the movie change your perspective on Christ’s suffering for your salvation, and the degree to which Christ love you?”
- “When suffering is imposed on us, how do we approach our cross? Do we run away from the cross? Do we remember how Jesus accepted the cross? Do we pick up the cross, and if so, do we do it joyfully? Do we run toward the cross?”
- “When I fall to temptation, am I truly sorry for my sin and do I humbly seek God’s mercy?”
- “Do you think that God wants to force us to love and obey him? Does the Passion of Christ force us to love God? How does it help us to love and obey God?”
Following the complaint, Mr. Hendrix reportedly went on a rant about how the whole class lost their “First Amendment right that is guaranteed to [them] by the Constitution to peaceful assembly in [the classroom], and to free speech,” because of the student who complained. During the tirade, which was recorded by one of the students, Mr. Hendrix also allegedly claimed George Soros paid protesters at Donald Trump rallies $3,500 each to be disruptions and that he will “never understand” why African-Americans support Democrats.
Prior to his current teaching job, Mr. Hendrix was reportedly fired from a coaching job at another school for allegedly calling a student a “faggot” and a “fucking queer.”
This man has no business being an educator. Though he is currently on a paid suspension while the ACLU and the school district investigate the incident further, Mr. Hendrix should not be collecting a paycheck for his position. He needs to be terminated and have his teaching credentials stripped, immediately.
Dear Mrs. Roush,
The alleged actions of Mr. Greg Hendrix, including screening The Passion of the Christ in a public school setting, handing those students an evangelized study guide, and going on a rant disparaging liberals and political correctness are not actions of a qualified educator. They are the actions of a man unhinged and so under the thumb of his ideology, his judgement is clouded to the point of destructiveness.
It is with this in mind that we call for the termination of Mr. Greg Hendrix, as well the revocation of his teaching credentials. The man is not qualified to teach so long as his judgement is compromised to the extent displayed. If Mr. Hendrix were to continue being an educator, the damage he could do to students in any school wherein he teaches would be incomprehensible.
There are boundaries. Mr. Hendrix broke them. He needs to understand why those boundaries cannot be crossed.
[Your Name Here]
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