A Christian children’s worker says she was unfairly dismissed from her job after she was allegedly fired for telling a lesbian co-worker that God does not approve of homosexuality.
According to Christian Today, Sarah Mbuyi was working for the Newpark Childcare in Shepherd’s Bush in London. She reportedly told a coworker in January 2014 that God doesn’t approve of homosexuality.
"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,” Mbuyi said.
Mbuyi was then dismissed for gross misconduct for breaching the equality policy of the workplace.
The Christian Legal Centre is arguing for Mbuyi and claiming that the Council of Europe recently passed a resolution to help protect Christian intolerance.
"Expression of faith is sometimes unduly limited by national legislation and policies which do not allow the accommodation of religious beliefs and practices,” the resolution says.
Mbuyi said: "It is obvious that we live in a climate where being Christ-like—following the Bible as much as we can—and being open and honest about that, is a problem now."
Her legal representation added that there is a “culture of fear” with being a Christian.
"Sharing biblical truths out of genuine love for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by an oppressive 'cultural correctness,’” said Andrea Minichiello Williams, of the Christian Legal Centre. “There is a culture of fear which shuts down freedom of speech and the expression of faith.”
Publication date: March 3, 2015