Forced from his job - UK prison chaplain needs your support!
A UK prison worker is seeking redress in an employment tribunal which is expected to go on till 10 November.
Rev Barry Trayhorn, who is an ordained Pentecostal Christian minister, had been employed - as his main paid work - at HM Prison Littlehey in Cambridgeshire as a gardner since 2011. During that time, he also volunteered as a prison chaplain, helping out with music and even preaching some sermons.
In May of 2014, Rev Trayhorn was leading a chapel service and quoted from 1 Corinthians 6, telling the congregation about God's mercy and love for those who repent. In this quote from Scripture, St Paul also warns of actions like adultery, drunkenness, theft and homosexual behaviour.
Undeserved trouble was soon to follow. And, let us be clear: though in prison, inmates are not forced to attend or remain at worship services.
As Rev Trayhorn states in a report by Christian Concern:
"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."
In fact, Rev Trayhorn reveals that, in the three years preceding this chapel service, only one disciplinary issue was ever raised with him - over a lost tool (used for his usual gardening work). But, subsequent to this particular chapel service, five disciplinary issues were raised, one-after-another.
Rev Trayhorn believes that Christians are being discriminated against, in the workplace, because of their faith. In the same interview with Christian Concern, Rev Trayhorn sums up his situation by saying:
"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."
It should be common-sense and blatantly obvious, but Christian ministers actually preach from the Bible...that's what they do!
With family-run bakeries, like Ashers in Northern Ireland, and B&Bs under pressure from the government, trying to force them, against their will, to support things which they find unconscionable, Rev Trayhorn's case is the latest to bring to light the Conservative Government's absurd efforts to suppress religious liberty and freedom of expression.
Right now, as he begins his hearing, Rev Trayhorn needs the moral support of many thousands of like-minded, freedom-loving people. Therefore, this is not so much a petition as it is a show of support. Please sign this show of support and tell Rev Trayhorn that you stand with him, and against government censorship of the Christian faith.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Christian Concern's Press Release on Rev Trayhorn's case: http://www.christianconcern.com/press-release/christian-prison-worker-forced-to-resign-after-quoting-bible-verses-in-prison-chapel-s
Rev Trayhorn explains his case on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVBsa4PcitU#t=91
The Daily Mail reports on Rev Trayhorn's case: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3298454/A-Christian-minister-disciplined-prison-authorities-quoting-verses-Bible-deemed-homophobic.html
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