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School chaplain reported for opposing LGBT curriculum challenges firing

A school chaplain lost his job at a Christian school in England and was reported to the government's counter-terrorism watchdog, Prevent, after telling students they were not compelled to "accept an ideology they disagree with," his lawyers say.


The Rev. Bernard Randall, 48, is taking Trent College to court for discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal. He says he preached a sermon on the biblical view of gender identity and same-sex relationships after being approached by students who were confused and upset by some of the material being taught in a new LGBT-inclusive curriculum at the school. 

The curriculum was introduced at the independent school after a visit by Elly Barnes, founder of Educate & Celebrate, an LGBT education charity. Barnes held training with staff on how they could “embed gender, gender identity and sexual orientation into the fabric of your school,” he says. 

Randall said he became alarmed when staff were instructed during the training session to chant “smash heteronormativity,” and told that gender identity is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. 


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