Christian charity employee suspended for talking about... Christianity
But it seems utterly incredible – or perhaps in this godforsaken nation under Labour it is no longer so – that an employee of a Christian charity, whose patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury, might be suspended merely for answering questions about his faith.
Yet this is the fate of David Booker, aged 44, a committed Christian who has worked for the English Churches Housing Group (part of the Society of St James) for almost four years. The charity is funded largely by churches throughout Hampshire. The Christian Legal Centre reports: ‘On 26 March, whilst working an evening shift, he had a 35 minute conversation with a female colleague. The colleague asked him about his faith and beliefs. During the conversation he was asked the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and same-sex marriages, which Mr Booker explained. The conversation was free-flowing and Mr Booker clearly explained that he had homosexual friends and that he was not homophobic.’
Mr Booker was asked about his faith by Fiona Vardy, who patiently listened to his reasoned opposition to same-sex marriages and to homosexual clergy. She then complained to her superiors.
Readers and communicants may guess what happened next. Such is the Orwellian oppression and Marxist mindset of our lords and masters that now the mere holding of orthodox Christian beliefs has become a crime. Mr Booker had committed no crime: he had not discriminated against anyone; he had not preached hatred or incited violence; he had not transgressed a jot or tittle of equality legislation.
But the following day he was summoned by his employers and told that he was suspended for ‘events that happened last night’. On 30th March, he was given a formal suspension notice alleging that: ‘On 26 March 09, whilst on shift with a female colleague, you seriously breached ECHG’s (English churches House [sic?] group) Code of conduct by promoting your religious views which contained discriminatory comments regarding a person’s sexual orientation.’
And so Mr Booker now faces dismissal for ‘gross misconduct’ under the charity’s ‘Culture and Diversity Code of Conduct’.
Tony Blair is now so busy ‘doing God’ all over the world that he has forgotten what a virulently secular and utterly Godless nation he helped to create back home. New Labour has stifled freedom of expression with political correctness, censored freedom of conscience with equality legislation, and eradicated centuries of freedom of religion under the guise of anti-discrimination regulations.
The prophet Orwell foresaw the time when a consensual and reasonable discussion on religion between two employees might be used to silence the Christian voice and freedom of expression. Re-education sessions are so prevalent that people have ceased to be able to discern truth.
But should not the continuing patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury now be in doubt, for has he not confirmed the Church’s teaching on marriage, same-sex relationships and homosexuality? Surely this falls foul of the charity’s ‘Culture and Diversity Code of Conduct’?
Or is all this really coming from another place? Somewhere even more Godless? Somewhere more rabidly secular?
Dare one mention that the European Union has passed a resolution by the name of the ‘Equal treatment of persons irrespective of religion or belief, disabilities or sexual orientation’ directive?
The passage of this directive is directly attributable to a coalition of Communist, Liberal, Socialist and Green parties, and it paves the way for ‘interference in the social policies of member states and strengthens the hand of homosexual activists’. It was passed by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Union (EU), and now awaits the stamp of the Council of Ministers.
Originally intended to serve as an equal treatment directive for the disabled by prohibiting discrimination with respect to accessing ‘goods and services, including housing’, the directive was expanded to include the categories of religion or belief, age and sexual orientation. The agenda was to combat ‘all forms of discrimination’.
But this insidious agenda has increasingly little to do with matters of human dignity, equality or justice, and everything to do with the imposition of one uniform moral code upon the diverse peoples of all EU member states. The Christian view of the family, gender, sexuality and the sanctity of life are all now subject to the EU’s amoral predilections which manifest intolerance in the name of tolerance. And as sure as night follows day, this will lead to coercion and persecution of not only those who venture to talk about their faith, but also of those who dare merely to believe.