Christian in UK Demoted for Views on Gay Weddings
10/24/2011 United Kingdom (The Telegraph) – Adrian Smith, a Christian, posted in his own time a response to a news story on the Government’s plans to allow gay weddings in church.
The posting, which was only available to his friends, questioned whether the plans were “an equality too far”.
The father of two has been found guilty of gross misconduct by the Trafford Housing Trust, a publicly funded housing association, and has been demoted from his £35,000 a year managerial post to a more junior £21,000 position.
Mike Judge, a spokesman for the Christian Institute, said it is the latest case of a public servant being targeted for their beliefs.
He said an electrician at another housing association was recently threatened with disciplinary action for refusing to remove a palm cross from the association’s van.
Also people with their own companies, such as bed and breakfasts or hotels, have been threatened with legal action for expressing their views on gay marriage.
Mr Judge called for a ‘common sense approach’ that enables people to express their beliefs in – especially in the age of the internet.
“I hope this does not intimidate Christians in the public sector,” he said. “They should be free to express their views in modest way.”