A Christian nursery worker in the UK is suing her former employers, claiming that she was fired for her beliefs after refusing to read stories about gay couples to children.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Mbuyi says she was dismissed due to anti-Christian discrimination, having also been accused of “harassing” a lesbian colleague. The case has been lodged with an employment tribunal.
Miss Mbuyi started work for Newpark Childcare, a London-based group of four nurseries, last April.
That same month a lesbian worker also joined the nursery. After discovering that Miss Mbuyi was Christian she repeatedly asked her about her beliefs, the tribunal will be told.
In December the co-worker spent time in hospital having had an accident at work and Miss Mbuyi gave her a Bible on her return. The present, according to Miss Mbuyi, was as a result of the interest she had shown in her faith. She was glad to receive it, she said.
The following month, however, Miss Mbuyi, a Belgian national who came to Britain six years ago, says her colleague told her she had received abuse about her sexuality from religious people in the past. 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”.
At a disciplinary meeting, her employers accused Miss Mbuyi of “harassing” her co-worker, saying such behaviour amounted to “gross misconduct”.
Her employers inquired how she would feel if she was asked to read children’s storybooks featuring same-sex parents. She replied that she would not be able to read such books.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, 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.”