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Christian nursery nurse hounded out for saying marriage is between a man and a woman

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Issued on behalf of Christian Legal Centre

Press Release

For Immediate Release

22 April 2014

Christian nursery nurse hounded out for saying marriage is between a man and a woman

A Christian nursery nurse has lost her job after a conversation in which a gay colleague pressed her about her beliefs, and then took offence when told that the Bible regards the practice of homosexualty as a sin.

Sarah Mbuyi is claiming discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief. 

She says that in January 2014 her colleague at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, London, initiated a conversation about Christmas and went on to ask a number of other questions relating to the Christian faith. In this context, Miss Mbuyi’s colleague raised the issue of what the bible teaches on homosexuality.  The colleague felt unhappy that she could not marry her female partner because of the church, and said that she thought God condoned homosexuality.

Miss Mbuyi explained: “When I said no God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager.”

At an internal disciplinary hearing Sarah was confronted with her colleague’s allegations, which included the false claim that Sarah herself had raised the issue of homosexuality on a number of occasions.

Sarah says she was wholly unprepared for such distorted allegations which left her feeling shocked. The result was that the nursery directors instantly dismissed Sarah for gross misconduct.

“There is no doubt that a woman I regarded as a true friend as well as a colleague targeted me as a Christian because I believe and live by what the Bible says ,” said Miss Mbuyi.

“Time and again my colleague initiated conversations to probe me about my faith, especially about homosexuality. I never ever condemned her, or accused her, but when she asked me directly what I believed, I was open about sharing the Bible’s teaching that homosexual sex (not the people) is wrong.  It’s clear that this offended her and she was determined to get me sacked, simply because I expressed traditional Christian beliefs.  

“My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser’s claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn’t prepared.  It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story.”

Sarah believes her experience suggests her employers regard the expression of Christian beliefs as politically incorrect and legitimate grounds for dismissal.

Barrister Paul Diamond is representing Sarah. Sarah's case is being supported by Christian Legal Centre. Andrea Williams, its CEO said:
“Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness.  There is a culture of fear which closes down freedom of speech and the manifestation of faith.  This culture brands the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive.


“Sarah’s case demonstrates the confusion we’re experiencing in current times. David Cameron has given public recognition of the enormous positive impact that Jesus Christ has had on our nation but he wants to mould Christianity to his political agenda.  History shows that Christianity is greater than any political agenda.


“David Cameron has ignored the concerns of the Christian community by driving through same-sex ‘marriage’. Any dissent in the public space, in the workplace, to the new prevailing orthodoxy means punishment as Sarah is experiencing.

“This is not a Government with a track record of recognising and respecting Christian faith. It has deliberately and consistently undermined Christians and their freedom to live out their faith in the public square.

“The Prime Minister has huge influence. If he is serious in his support for Christianity, he will intervene in Sarah’s case and ensure that those who believe in marriage, as defined in the bible, between one man and one woman, will not lose their jobs but be wholly and properly protected by the law.

“This government has seriously let down the Christian community. Easter statements of sentiment will not suffice. Consistent behaviour is what will be believed.
 
“The Christian Legal Centre is supporting Sarah Mbuyi as the latest in a line of Christians who are being threatened by a movement to repress Christians from living out a genuine expression of their faith in a country which once led the world in freedom and justice.”
 

ENDS.

 
For further information/interview:
Garry Selfridge:  07545 696 207
Andrea Minichiello Williams:  07712 591 164
 

 
 

 

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