The career of a Christian teacher in England is on the line after she refused to teach what she considered as “extreme LGBT lessons” relating to gender and sexuality. Glawdys Leger claims she was treated like a “dangerous criminal” by her Church of England high school in south London.
Christian Today reports the foreign languages teacher was also required to take Religious Education (RE) classes which seemed to have little relation to faith. They involved teaching material produced by an LGBT group. Ms. Leger said she was sacked from her job last year because she refused to teach that material to Year-7 classes and because she shared her Christian beliefs on gender and sexuality issues with pupils.
The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) which is supporting the 43-year-old teacher said the lesson material included “extreme content on gender identity with themes that begin to suggest to children that humans can be born in the wrong body” and introduced “fake gender identities.” Children were reportedly encouraged to be allies of the LGBT community.
Ms. Leger told pupils in her RE class that God made humans male and female and that she believed LGBT practice was “sinful.” The CLC said she raised her conscientious objection about the lesson content with the school, but her concerns were “brushed aside and ignored.” After a pupil and parent complained, the teacher was fired.
The school which is part of the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust was not satisfied with just sacking her. It also reported her to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) because “she upset one pupil by sharing her Christian views and she went on to share many more in our investigation and subsequent hearings, such that we were not certain whether she would continue to share those views with young people.”
On the basis of upset, not harm, to one child, the TRA decided to take forward a case against her. It is understood to be the first time that the TRA has taken a case to a full hearing on these issues against a teacher at a Church of England school.
Ms. Leger appeared before the TRA “fitness to practice” hearing this week and faces being struck off and unable to teach again if the regulatory body finds against her. Its decision has yet to be released.
Speaking ahead of the hearing, Glawdys Leger explained: “I was treated like a criminal as though I was a danger for expressing my Christian beliefs. I have great compassion for LGBT people, especially for those suffering from gender confusion. I cannot, however, in good conscience teach or say things I believe are contrary to my faith. For example, saying that same-sex relationships are good and/or affirming people in their gender confusion. I am certain that I have not shown, and never would show, any hatred or lack of love towards LGBT people.”
“True compassion and love is to be able to speak the truth to people irrespective of their sexuality. I would never discriminate against anyone, but the school was compelling teachers to promote, teach and celebrate these issues, which I could not do. For Christians, it is important to remain an ally of God rather than being an ally of things that are against God’s Laws and Commandments. It is not ‘inclusive’ if pupils at a Christian school are barred from understanding what Christian belief is and means on these very serious issues,” she asserted.
The Daily Mail reported she added that the Christian aspects of the Church of England school were “just for show” and that political and ethical beliefs contrary to religious practice were being promoted without the knowledge of parents.
CLC Chief Executive Andrea Williams said: “Glawdys’s case is part of a growing trend of the TRA targeting Christian teachers for expressing their faith in schools. Glawdys was hounded out of the job she loved because she wanted children to understand in an RE lesson in a Christian school that Christian teaching does not align with LGBT ideology. She did not want impressionable children heading into their teenage years to be force-fed teaching that endorsed and celebrated gender confusion without question.”
“The fact that a Church of England school and affiliated Trust has chosen to try and end her career for expressing her Christian beliefs is disturbing, but sadly no longer surprising. The Church of England has embraced LGBT ideology and in an ‘inclusive’ school environment, penalises any Christian teacher who expresses its own teaching on marriage and human sexuality.”
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