Sacked Christian ex-teacher wins right to appeal
Kristie Higgs was fired for sharing her concerns over the LGBT+ curriculum at her son's Church of England primary school on her private Facebook account.
Mrs Higgs posted the comment under her maiden name without referencing her employer, Farmor’s secondary school. She expressed her concerns regarding some literature that had been introduced to the school curriculum, including ‘My Princess Boy’ and ‘No Outsiders’. These books promoted trans ideology, and Mrs Higgs was concerned that it would “brainwash” young kids. She also reposted a petition against making sex education compulsory for primary school pupils.
An anonymous accuser sent screenshots of her posts to her school. She was suspended and dismissed for gross misconduct. Following a long legal battle, she finally has been granted to be heard at the Court of Appeal. The primary focus is “the extent to which an employer may lawfully dismiss an employee for expressing views which are based on her religious beliefs, in a forum which is:
- not in the workplace
- not controlled by the employer
- has a limited number of members”.
The Right Honourable Lady Justice Elisabeth Laing stated: “All the grounds of appeal are arguable with reasonable prospects of success. Even if they were not, this appeal raises at least three important questions about the dismissal of an employee for the expression of her beliefs.”.
According to the representative of the Christian Legal Centre, who is assisting Mrs Higgs, the outcome will be a milestone in the fight for Christian freedom in the workplace “to express opposition to LGBT+ ideology without the fear of losing their livelihoods”.
Mrs Higgs stated in an interview: “From the beginning, despite the many attempts by the school to suggest otherwise, this has always been about my Christian beliefs and me being discriminated against for expressing them in my own time. I was, and still am, appalled by the sexual ideology that was being introduced to my son’s Church of England primary school. What has happened since in schools with extreme RSE and transgender ideology shows that I was right to be concerned as a parent. I am very grateful to Justice Laing for allowing the case to proceed on all grounds; I now hope to receive full justice at the Court of Appeal.”