Another day, another report of a Christian being ‘persecuted’
Andrea Williams, inset, head of the Christian Legal Centre, is mouthing off once again over the ‘persecution’ of Christians – this time in regard to an evangelical zealot and homophobe called Richard Page, above.
Page, 69, is suing the National Health Service in England for refusing to renew a director’s job he held for four years because he said in court and in the news media that children do better with a father and a mother of different sexes rather than with gay couples.
According to this report, Williams said:
Richard is being driven from the public service simply for expressing the widely-held, lawful belief that children ideally need a mother and a father.
This is another of a growing list of cases where Christians are being hammered out of public life simply for expressing their beliefs.
Page has made no bones about being an evangelical Christian who believes homosexual activity is a sin.
It’s the second time he has lost his job. He worked full time for the NHS before he retired and became a paid member of the NHS Kent-Medway region’s board of directors, a job he held for four years.
When his term neared its end this spring, he was suspended by board chairman Andrew Ling and told he would not be rehired. When Page applied to other NHS regions, the national NHS told him he would never be considered.
Ling told Page that the publicity surrounding his comments that children do best with two heterosexual parents – which were made when he served as a judge in an adoption hearing:
Will have a negative impact on the Trust, its staff and most importantly its patients.
At a hearing before the national NHS in August, the decision was confirmed. He was told:
It was not in the interests of the health service for you to serve anywhere as a non-executive director in the NHS.
Page’s troubles began in 2014 at a family court adoption hearing involving a gay couple. He said:
I raised some questions in private with the other judges, including that I thought that because a baby comes from a man and a woman it made me think the child would be better off with a father and a mother than with single-sex parents. The other judges didn’t agree at all.
The judges complained to Page’s bosses about his statement which resulted in his suspension and an subjugation to a daylong re-education session.
But Page committed a second offence when, egged on by the Christian Legal Centre, he complained about his treatment, babbling extensively to the news media and defending his right to hold Christian beliefs and still be a good judge.
Page’s suspension was ultimately signed off by the Lord Chancellor and the Justice Minister, which is also why Christian Legal Centre is pursuing both dismissals in an employment tribunal rather than the courts.
My legal counsel told me that no judge would dare rule against his bosses. I was gobsmacked.
Page said he was pursuing the case not only because he enjoyed serving as an NHS director but to stand up for other Christians.
I want to publicise the pressure that the government is putting people under to censor themselves or to not apply for government jobs because of their faith.
He added that there was evidence of a healthy public expression of support from 6,500 people on social media with nary a negative comment.
You can hear horrible little man whingeing about his ‘persecution’ on YouTube.