Sarah Mbuyi, a Christian nursery nurse in the U.K., was fired after she had a conversation with a gay colleague who pressed her about the Bible’s view homosexuality.
In January 2014 a 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. It was then 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.
Mbuyi maintains she was unfairly dismissed on grounds of religious discrimination.
“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,” said Mbuyi.
The Christian Legal Centre, and its Standing Counsel, Paul Diamond, is representing Sarah.
“Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness,” Andrea Williams, barrister and CEO said in a statement.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron publicly proclaimed his Christian faith this week. He stated Christians need to be bolder in sharing their beliefs, but critics note Cameron’s silence in coming to Mbuyi’s defense.
“The Prime Minister has huge influence,” Williams said. “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.”
Publication date: April 24, 2014