‘Persecution’ claim over priest’s sacking
Barry Trayhorn, above, is a Pentecostal minister who was fired for using his job at a prison to spread homophobia. He has now seeking help from Christian Concern to sue his former employer.
According to this report, his run-in with prison the authorities at Littlehey prison in Bedfordshire began after he told gay inmates in 2014 that they must repent their homosexuality to please God.
During a chapel service, Trayhorn, who was working as gardener at the prison, told the “sexually immoral” and “men who have sex with men” that they must abandon their sins to “inherit the kingdom of God”.
Following complaints, Trayhorn was banned from taking part in future services and told to stick to his gardening duties – though he claims he was just “sharing the Bible”.
In November 2014, Trayhorn resigned – claiming that he was being “harassed” due to his Christian faith, while facing other questions about his conduct as a gardener.
Trayhorn is now wailing that he is being persecuted because of his faith.
I simply said what the Bible says. Prisoners have a right to hear God’s word, just as much as anyone else. If people come to a Christian chapel service, we cannot keep God’s message from them.
As I led the service, I spoke about the wonder of God’s love and the forgiveness that comes through Jesus to those who recognise their sin and repent. I said that I am the worst sinner I know.
But that wasn’t politically correct. The mere mention of homosexual behaviour in the Bible verses that I quoted provoked complaint. I was immediately barred from taking part in chapel services and trouble came my way.
I was put under enormous pressure. This is about the expression of Christian faith. I am being punished simply for daring to say what the Bible says.
In the Christian concern video below, the “persecuted” bigot explains why he is taking his case to an industrial tribunal in Huntingdon.
Commenting on the case, the demented Andrea Williams of the anti-LGBT Christian Legal Centre hooted:
It is astonishing that Rev Barry Trayhorn was forced out of a sex-offenders’ prison for mentioning what the Bible says about sexual ethics during a chapel service.
Prisoners have rights to go to church and they attend chapel services voluntarily. No-one should be denied an opportunity, if they want it, to hear what God has to say about the way to restoration, least of all those in prison for sexual offences.
Mr Trayhorn’s words were nothing that couldn’t be found in a rural parish church on a Sunday morning and were an explanation of repentance and forgiveness.
Is the version of the Bible given to prisoners now to be censored to remove anything that people may find difficult to hear?
Williams, by the way, is the proud recipient of an important international award. At the end of October, Christian Concern reported that her work in advocating “the rightful place of the family” has been recognised by a global coalition of pro-family organisations.
Andrea was presented with the Familia Et Veritas Award at the ninth World Congress of Families, which took place in the US. She commented:
This award recognises the important work done by Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, and I am grateful to all who make that possible.
Hat tip: Angela K