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'Homosexuality a sin' nurse fights dismissal

A CHRISTIAN nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Sarah Mbuyi says she only made the comments after being pressed on her beliefs by a colleague who initiated the conversation at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, north London, in January.

She is being supported in her case by the Christian Legal Centre, whose chief executive, Andrea Williams, said the Government has "let down" Christians and criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for attempting to "mould Christianity to his political agenda".

Ms Mbuyi, who is claiming unfair dismissal on grounds of religious discrimination, said: "When I said 'No, God does not condone homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are', she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager."

At a disciplinary hearing she says she was confronted with her colleague's allegations. The nursery directors dismissed her for gross misconduct.

Miss Mbuyi claimed: "My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser's claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn't prepared. It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story."

Barrister Ms Williams said that if Mr Cameron "is serious in his support for Christianity, he will intervene in Sarah's case.".

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