Nicholas Sparks, best-selling novelist, charity scam artist and all-around bigot, has refuted claims of Anti-Semitism on the grounds that Jews are from everywhere and “being Jewish isn’t a national origin, ” according to Addictinginfo.
A former headmaster of the “Epiphany School of Global Studies, ” Benjamin Saul Hillel, filed a lawsuit against Sparks and the school board because Hillel claims he was verbally bullied and physically intimidated about his religious beliefs and Jewish background. In addition, Hillel says the school encouraged racist and homophobic views.
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Hillel was born Jewish but is a member of the Society of Friends (popularly known as Quakers). Hillel claims he was regularly insulted with comments like “That man, Benjamin, is unfit to be around young people, ” and “You don’t belong here with us.”
Hillel was forced to give an account of his religious beliefs and cultural background in a public meeting and was not allowed to respond when he was openly harassed and bullied by parents and students. Once, when he was quoting from the Greek and Hebrew texts of the New Testament, he gave a literal translation of the phrase “Rabbi Jesus Christ” and was told “Don’t you ever refer to Jesus Christ as a rabbi again.”
When he was alone with Sparks and three other board members, Hillel claims he was “bullied and physically intimidated” and not allowed to used the bathroom until he signed a resignation letter. Sparks then said he was terminated because of Alzheimer’s or bipolar, and Sparks was determined to ruin his reputation to prevent him from finding other employment.
The entire foundation has cracks in it. Sparks claims to offer educational opportunities for low income kids, and while $1, 000 is offered, parents have to pay $6, 000 to $7, 000 in addition. What’s more, the school is in an area that is 40% African American, but there are only two black students enrolled in the school. Hillel was insulted by Sparks for bringing “disrepute” on the school for going to an NAACP meeting and was told, that “black students are too poor and can’t do academic work.”
Sparks and other members of the school regularly spoke against LGBT students and praised students for saying they wanted to have a “homo caust.”