It is increasingly difficult to be a Christian in today's public school system, not only in America but throughout the Western world. Not only is advocating the Christfian faith a cause for firing, but it seems that even a non-proselytizing Christian statement can be grounds for termination. This was certainly the case for a school teacher at T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol.
In fact, according to Charisma News, Svetlana Powell, a teacher of some 17 years, was fired for expressing his views about homosexuality after he was asked directly by students.
Presumably, Powell wouldn't have given cause for trouble had he been a defender of gay marriage and evolution, but because he expressed dissenting and unpopular views on the subject, he was deemed a "radicalization threat" and reported to the government's anti-terrorist watchdog. He was then fired.
The incident apparently took place in class when a 17-year-old student, in the context of a class on religion, decided to ask the teacher about his personal views.
"I decided to use the students' interest in the subject and to have a discussion to accommodate the activities included in the lesson plan," Powell said, according to Charisma News. "I considered the topic appropriate, as the discussion about Christian views would contribute in raising cultural issues of our day and awareness of the religion of this country."
Of course, the students were not happy after they learned that the teacher did not believe in evolution. Since this is an unpopular view, even in Christian circles, such a reaction would only be natural. But the students went beyond a simple disagreement with their teacher's view and then preceded to question him about other controversial subjects. The students were absolutely outraged.
Powell was then asked within the class by a 17-year-old student about his views on homosexuality. Since he was asked — not because he wanted to "radicalize" the student — he then preceded to explain his view.
The teacher expressed the historic view that homosexual acts are contrary to Love. While explaining that homosexual activity is contrary to Love, the teacher explained the related historical view that God, who is Love, still wills communion all people.
Then, the student who asked the teacher about his views claimed that one of the students identified as Lesbian. In response, the teacher told the girl, "God loves you."
The students, who had requested that he share his views on homosexuality, then reported the teacher to authorities, claiming that he was "preaching" and trying to "brainwash" them.
The Academy's Chief Safeguarding Officer, Sian Prigg, then decided to contact the government's anti-terrorism agency in order to report the longtime Christian schoolteacher as a "radicalization threat."
In response, the schoolteacher decided to bring a claim against the school for wrongfully firing him because of his religious views. But the government appears to stand on the side of the Academy.
Employment Judge Maxwell claims that the Academy didn't wrongfully discriminate against the school teacher based on religious views.
The school, too, claims that the teacher was fired not because of his religious beliefs, but mainly because he was unable to control the classroom, which apparently was outraged and unruly after hearing a view that they didn't agree with.
In recent news, a former White House employee slammed Vice President Mike Pence and mocked his faith.