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Nebraska School Superintendent Allegedly Fired For Performing In "The Producers"

Ever since the Calvary Community Church opened the Parkview Christian School in 2011, Harold Scott has served as the Nebraska school's superintendent. But Scott says he was recently fired from his position for performing in a community theater production of The Producers

ScottThe Producers is Mel Brooks' musical comedy in which two Broadway con-men stage a deliberately offensive and awful musical called Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden. The comedy is rife with jokes about Nazis, gay characters and a sexpot secretary whose unwitting hotness drives the titular producers wild.

According to Scott, Calvary Community Church pastor Dr. Carl Godwin fired him because he "felt [Scott's] participation (in the musical) would have a negative reflection" on both the church and the school.

Scott told The Journal Star:

“I never imagined that my passion for acting and participating in community theater would lead to me losing my job. I truly believe that I did nothing wrong and my involvement in theater should in no way interfere with the career I love.”

Previous to his firing, Scott had been an educator for over 22 years with several years as a middle and high school principal.

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  1. wow! one can get fired for acting! That is not only wrong, but sad that his employer can fire him....The Producers has been around a long time and has been on TV frequently....

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 10, 2013 9:14:56 AM


  2. If he'd done a reading of some of the Jewish Bibles genocidal, misogynistic, racist and appalling episodes, he probably would have received a cash bonus.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Aug 10, 2013 9:37:02 AM


  3. Employee's rights are becoming fewer and fewer. Really we need to stand up top these ridiculous and petty arguments. There are 168 hours in a week and only 40 of them belong to the employer. Slavery is illegal.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 10, 2013 10:09:56 AM


  4. Why do people work for Christian schools to begin with when they should know full well that these folks lack any sense of reason. They believe in sky deities that grant wishes, not unlike Santa. Haven't they seen Footloose? it wasn't a movie, it was a documentary on Midwestern Christians.

    Posted by: terdec | Aug 10, 2013 10:23:56 AM


  5. What does he expect from stupid people?...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Aug 10, 2013 10:29:44 AM


  6. @ Terdec, my thoughts EXACTLY. There are plenty of teaching jobs in the Secular world.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 10, 2013 10:40:23 AM


  7. this is really sad. did he have any type of employment contract, and if so was there a violation? if not, read up on "at-will" employment laws:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At-will

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 10, 2013 11:01:49 AM


  8. Apparently, the pastor of the church was the one who recommended that Scott be fired for acting in a play that mocks greedy producers, an unpredictable public, and nazis.

    The pastor's last name?

    Godwin - I sh*t you not.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 10, 2013 12:50:32 PM


  9. This is how Russia's church balkanized entire nations.

    Posted by: Barat Macha | Aug 10, 2013 2:30:28 PM


  10. Acronym;

    BWAAHAHAHAHA. That's just brilliant.

    Posted by: Dean | Aug 10, 2013 2:32:05 PM


  11. His acting was getting in the way of their religious freedom!

    Posted by: Frank | Aug 10, 2013 2:47:06 PM


  12. Oh yeah, fired for being in musical theater. Can anybody guess what the REAL motive might have been? How can this POSSIBLY be legal?

    Posted by: Chaz | Aug 10, 2013 2:47:48 PM


  13. "Christians." The worst.

    Posted by: RealTimShady | Aug 10, 2013 2:48:16 PM


  14. If that school is receiving any government funding, then it is illegal to have fired this man. I hope he is snapped up by a school who will appreciate him.

    Posted by: Peter | Aug 10, 2013 3:35:10 PM


  15. When you work for a Religious Institution this is the kind of treatment you can expect. I wonder why a guy who had been the principal of a middle school and high school would go to work for the Calvary Community Church School. Doesn't sound like a smart career move.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 10, 2013 3:53:31 PM


  16. Christians are no better than the Russian government.

    Posted by: Robert M. | Aug 10, 2013 4:12:00 PM


  17. Nebraska, the American Russia.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 10, 2013 4:49:13 PM


  18. Sorry, I just can't work up sympathy for people who were perfectly happy to work for bigotry until it came around to bite them.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 10, 2013 7:18:55 PM


  19. The headline calling this guy a Nebraska school superintendent makes it sound like he is a guy in charge of a big system, which would generally be the public schools. Which, stupid as this firing is, would be in a totally different league.

    All religious based schools are not the same. Catholic schools are generally like public or private non-religious schools plus religion class. Science class for example would be expected to be actually scientific. Although of course the long time popular English department head woman was fired recently from a Catholic high school for getting married. But I wouldn't expect a Parkview Christian School to be much different from Jesus Camp.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 10, 2013 9:23:06 PM


  20. @EMJAYAY: For all the criticism correctly directed at the Catholic Church for its positions on sexual morality and LGBT and Women's rights, Catholic Schools generally give a quality education. In Pennsylvania the state pays for all the textbooks (except Religion textbooks) that the students use. The books are the same ones used in the public schools. There is no creationists science taught in Catholic Schools.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 11, 2013 3:31:22 AM


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