Christian Worker in London Claims She was Fired for Refusing to Read Children’s Books About Gay Couples
Country: United Kingdom
Date of incident: April 30, 2014
Category: Government Restrictions / Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Morals
Area of case: Education / Private
Sarah Mbuyi, 30 year-old nursery worker from north London will bring her case to court as she claims she was fired on the grounds of her religious beliefs because she said that she would have scruples about reading children’s stories involving same-sex couples.
According to the information which Sarah Mbuyi will present before the tribunal, the coworker repeatedly questioned her about her beliefs upon discovering that she was a Christian. According to The Telegraph, “Miss Mbuyi, now working at another nursery, will claim her colleague sought to provoke her.”
Having noted the coworker’s interest in her faith, Miss Mbuyi gave the coworker a Bible when this college returned from a hospital stay. The Telegraph reports that according to Miss Mbuyi the present was “as a result of the interest she had shown in her faith” further stating that Miss Mbuyi insists it was “received well.”
According to The Telegraph, however, the next month the same college informed her that she had “received abuse about her sexuality from religious people in the past” and “during the discussion, Miss Mbuyi says she told the woman that ‘if I tell you that God is OK with that I am lying to you.’”
The Telegraph reports that, “At a disciplinary meeting, her employers accused Miss Mbuyi of ‘harassing’ her co-worker, saying such behaviour amounted to ‘gross misconduct’. The co-worker could not be reached for comment.”
Miss Mbuyi is being represented by The Christian Legal Centre whose chief executive Andrea Williams says: “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.
“The Christian Legal Centre is representing 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.”