Christian Teacher Suspended after Questioning Homosexualist Training Program
By Hilary White
LONDON, April 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Christian teacher in the UK has been suspended after he complained about the use of training time to promote the idea that homosexuality is normative. Kwabena Peat, 54, was one of several teachers that walked out of his school’s compulsory training day in January, at which Sue Sanders, a prominent UK homosexualist activist, suggested that those who do not accept homosexuality as normal have ‘issues’ that need to be addressed, according to the Daily Mail.
After the event, Mr. Peat wrote to the three staff members who organized the session at Park View Academy, including a deputy headmaster, complaining about Sanders’ "aggressive" presentation. Peat was suspended with pay pending outcome of disciplinary investigations after the staff members complained that, although they were senior to him, they felt "harassed and intimidated" by his complaint.
Peat is being represented by the Christian Legal Centre who warned that if it is allowed to continue, the trend of Christians being sacked and suspended for expressing their beliefs will amount to "state censorship leading to the infringement of a person’s right to freedom of religion and speech."
Mr. Peat, a father of three who has spent most of his teaching career working in inner-city London, told the Daily Mail that he was upset that people who did not agree with the speaker’s position were not being allowed to express their views.
In his letter, he cited the Bible and warned that practicing homosexuals risked God’s "wrath." He said that he had expected Sanders to provide information on how to handle "homophobic bullying," but, he said, "She started promoting homosexual lifestyles and suggesting those who had objections should sort out their prejudices."
"She said, ‘What makes you all think that to be heterosexual is natural?’ It was at that point I walked out."
Mr. Peat said he is not surprised, but is disappointed, at the outcome of his complaint. He said, "I’m the one being harassed and intimidated for expressing my religious views. As an experienced professional I am very supportive of ‘equality and diversity’ programmes and have always got on well with colleagues who are well aware of my Christian beliefs."
Andrea Minichiello Williams, barrister and director of the Christian Legal Centre said that the "legitimate orthodox Christian view as expressed by Mr. Peat, however disagreeable others may find it, should not be construed as harassment or discrimination."
Sue Sanders is a long time homosexualist activist and co-founder of the Schools Out program. Sanders is a major player in Britain’s homosexualist political establishment. She is a member of the LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police, an independent advisor to the London Criminal Justice Board, a member of the National Union of Teachers LGBT working party, the current vice-chair of the Southwark anti-Homophobic Forum and a consultant to the Crown Prosecution Services helping to establish national policy on prosecuting "homophobic crime."
In 2004, Sanders instituted LGBT History Month in the UK. In March this year parents were threatened with possible criminal prosecution by their local council for opting their children out of the LGBT History Month program at George Tomlinson Primary School in East London.
Christians in the UK have long warned that the concept of "homophobic bullying" is being exploited by government in cooperation with the homosexualist movement to suppress any principled opposition to the implementation of an anti-Christian and anti-family agenda in schools, particularly in religious schools.
In 2007, both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Labour government’s minister for Children, Schools and Families pledged the government’s full cooperation with the homosexualist political activists in "cracking down" on "homophobic bullying." Education Minister Kevin Brennan told homosexualist activists to expect government guidelines that will "compel" faith schools to comply with the homosexual movement’s agenda to normalize homosexuality and outlaw opposition.
The government later issued a directive for schools that defines "homophobia" as including "the presumption that everyone is heterosexual" a concept defined in the homosexualist movement as "heterosexism" or "heteronormativism."
See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Christian and Muslim Parents Facing Possible Criminal Charges for Opting Out of LGBT History Month
UK Minister Pledges Government Collaboration with Gay Activists in Stopping "Homophobic Bullying" in Schools