The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are facing criticism after it emerged that neither is willing to support the school chaplain who was suspended and reported to an anti-terrorism programme for questioning his school’s new LGBT policies.
Rev Dr Bernard Randall was made redundant from Trent College, a Church of England school near Nottingham, after he gave a talk encouraging pupils to question the school’s LGTB policies arguing everyone has the right to hold traditional views on marriage, sexuality and gender identity.
The police later ruled that Rev Dr Randall was no “'no counter-terrorism risk or risk of radicalisation'.
However, Most Rev Justin Welby and Most Rev Stephen Cottrell are said to have declined publicly supporting Rev Dr Randall, after Christian Concern, who is representing the chaplain, urged them to do so as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Bishop of Derby, Rt Rev Libby Lane was also asked to come out in support of Rev Dr Randall but denied the request.
Rev Dr Randall is suing the school for discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal.
Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern told the Daily Mail: “'It is incredibly disappointing, but sadly not surprising, that the leadership of the Church of England have failed to speak up in support of Dr Randall. Where is Welby on this issue?'”.
A hearing is expected to take place at East Midlands Employment Tribunal from 14th June.
Lambeth and Bishopthorpe Palace have been contacted for comment.