Pastor claims Church of England deemed him a ‘risk to children’ for questioning LGBT ideology


A Christian pastor who was dismissed from his job and reported to a terrorism watchdog for preaching in defense of the right to question LGBT ideology, has since been accused of risking children’s protection by the Church of England (CofE). He claims to have been blacklisted.

The Reverend Bernard Randall, 49, from Derbyshire, a former minister of Christ College, Cambridge, left Derbyshire’s Trent College for religious discrimination after he was dismissed from a fee-charging CofE school and reported for government terrorism. I’m about to take him to employment court on suspicion. watchdog.

An Anglican deacon and radio priest. Calvin Robinson told the Epoch Times in an email that “the way Pastor Randall was treated was terrible,” but that many clergymen are stifled by “an awakened hierarchy.”

awakened activist

“The awakened activists who have captured much of the CofE cannot tolerate any opposition to their agenda, even moderate and considered opposition that fosters debate,” said Randall, who was appointed by the CofE. statement.

He initially expected support from the church, but was marked by church officials as a “danger to children” for “moderately” expressing the CofE’s own teachings on human sexuality in the CofE chapel. He said he noticed that it had been done.

In 2019, Randall lost his job as a pastor at the University of Trent, training after preaching a sermon presenting a Christian perspective on gender identity and LGBT ideology.

He is seeking £120,000 ($138,000) in damages in an employment trial that begins Monday, alleging that Trent University unfairly dismissed him because of his religious and philosophical beliefs.

Randall said he had presented traditional Christian views human identity and sexualityAccept ideologies with which you disagree”But you should discuss this matter and judge for yourself.

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A man prays in a church as shoppers make last-minute purchases on Christmas Eve in Birmingham, England, December 24, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The school reported Randall to Prevent, the government’s counterterrorism watchdog, after Randall raised concerns about the outside LGBT groups Educate and Celebrate at school.

Police then They found it did not meet the preventive referral threshold, no further action was taken, and no case was recorded in the enforcement system.

His legal team, represented by Christian Concern, said Bishop of Derby Rt. claimed to have violated the law.

“implication”

He also claims that a risk assessment conducted by the Church of England Conservation Team in Derby Parish said he was “moderate risk to children” and a vulnerable adult.

His legal team revealed that a data subject access request suggested that senior members of Derby Cathedral would have “impact” if anyone associated with the cathedral publicly supported Randall’s case. claims to have become They also allege that cooperation between the University of Trent and the Diocese of Derby was revealed by internal emails to prevent Randall from holding public office again in the area.

He has also filed separate lawsuits against the Bishop of Derby and the CofE.

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Calvin Robinson in undated file photo. (Courtesy of Calvin Robinson)

Father. Calvin Robinson attended the independent conservative Global Anglican Future Conference this year, despite his claims that Britain is ‘systemically racist’ even though he is black canceled by the CofE because white senior clergy feared his rebuttal to

“The way Pastor Randall has been treated is terrible. The Church of State is so afraid of being politically incorrect that it now sees its own teachings as a protection risk. It’s ridiculous,” he said of the Epoch. told The Times.

“There are many great clerics who are being silenced and suffocated by the awakened hierarchy. I pray for their release,” he added.

“Stalinescu” Interrogation

In a statement, Randall said it was a “hostile, traumatic, and highly stressful” experience and that “protection” was weaponized against what the church believed to be a difficult voice. said.

He underwent what he described as a “Stalinesque” interrogation, during which he was told that refusing to yield to allegations and denying his beliefs would put him in danger.

“I don’t think preaching is a protection issue. I don’t think there is anything wrong with what I said. Of course I am not making a personal attack.” , I was told that my sermons and my views based on the teachings of the C of E could unnerve someone as if they were abusive,” Randall said.

“If the Church of England believes its own Bible-based teachings are a security risk, what does that say about the state of it?” he added.

The Epoch Times has reached out to Trent College, Derby Parish and CofE for comment.

Owen Evans

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Owen Evans is a UK-based journalist with a particular interest in civil liberties and free speech, covering stories from a wide variety of countries.