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Christian nursery nurse to fight sacking over views on homosexuality

A Christian nursery nurse is bringing a case of unfair dismissal against her former employers after she allegedly told a gay colleague that God doesn't condone homosexuality.

Sarah Mbuyi says she lost her job after a conversation in which a gay colleague pressed her about her beliefs, and then took offence when she told them that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

However, Miss Mbuyi claims that in January 2014 her colleague at Newpark Childcare in Highbury in London was the one who initiated a conversation about Christmas and went on to ask a number of other questions relating to the Christian faith and what the bible teaches on homosexuality.

At an internal disciplinary hearing the nursery nurse was confronted with her colleague's allegations, 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.

Sarah Mbuyi told Premier's Marcus Jones on the News Hour why she's challenging the decision.

The Christian Legal Centre, and its Standing Counsel, Paul Diamond, are representing Sarah. Andrea Williams, barrister and 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 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."

The Newpark Childcare in Highbury said they wouldn't be commenting on the case when contacted by Premier.

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