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Christian teacher suspended for complaining over gay rights presentation

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  1. Mr Kwabena Peat is a hero of our dark times. Our broken society needs more teachers like him to fight through homosexual bigotry and hatred.

    Thank you Mr Peat.

  2. This teacher has shown himself to be intellectually lazy in not engaging with the challenges put to him. Is this really the kind of person we want teaching the nations kids? What if one of his pupils decided they didn’t like what he (as the teacher) was saying? Would he condone the child stomping off out of the classroom? I guess religious beliefs give you carte blanche to do whatever you like these days.

  3. @Alexander -
    This teacher stated, in writing, that gay people “risked God’s wrath”. He also said “She started promoting homosexual lifestyles…”. As a teacher who has direct and crucial influence on young minds, he needs to sort out his facts. Homosexuality is NOT a lifestyle, it is an INNATE identity. What part of the word bigotry do you not understand?

  4. Sheeesh … whats with all the god-botherers on Pinknews these days?

  5. Alexander – I don’t remember anyone being beaten up in the playground, taunted or ostracised at any of my schools for being straight, though I can think of several occasions when kids were beaten up or taunted for seeming gay (regardless of whether they were or not).
    You are not an endangered species… get over yourself.

  6. Mihangel apYrs 27 Apr 2009, 1:56pm

    Peat:

    not a teacher for a young LGBT person to turn to for pastoral help.

    He is of course persecuted because he isn’t allowed to impose his personal idiocy on the world

  7. Simon Murphy 27 Apr 2009, 2:08pm

    I do not think this person should be on paid leave. He refused to carry out his duties as a teacher so he should be sacked.

    Don’t these bigotted, religious extremists not understand that their duty to carry out their jobs must come before their religious bigotry.

  8. He should have ANY right to express his religious views. They are personal and should be kept to himself.

  9. That should have said he SHOULDN’T have any right….

  10. He should be sacked. No teacher with such disgusting attitudes should be permitted in any school; he will damage the children in his care. If my child were at a school where he taught I would refuse to let my child in his class.

  11. Mr Kwabena Peat and Alexander both need to read the new Equality bill http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_bill.aspx. Sue has a point we pay our taxes like good citizens but then get second class treatment. Do you think he knows Lillian Ladelle?

  12. The fact that Peat refers to ‘God’s wrath’ means that he is seriously mentally ill and is, therefore, not fit or stable enough to be a teacher.

  13. Pumpkin Pie 27 Apr 2009, 2:47pm

    Vulnerable children have enough to worry about without their teachers becoming bullies. It’s utterly unacceptable to have people like this be in charge of looking after and educating kids.

  14. Would it be all right for gay teachers to walk out during a Christian presentation on a training day?

  15. “She started…..suggesting those who had objections should sort out their prejudices”

    Seems reasonable to me. Anyone who has issues with the colour of people’s skin, their sexuality or similar needs education and help to move on from their bigotry. How would Mr Peat feel if teachers had walked out of a talk on racism and accused a non-white presenter of ‘promoting the black lifestyle’. Very offended, I’d guess. Someone who hasn’t got the empathy or brain to understand other people just because they are different, shouldn’t be a teacher. I note that the presenter of this admirable presentation is being reported as a lesbian. I can’t help wondering what bearing that had on his reaction.

  16. This fundamentalist bigot has no place in shaping the minds of young people.

  17. Alan Thorpe 27 Apr 2009, 3:22pm

    Religeon is a choice – homosexuality isnt. Gay pupils will continue to suffer in our schools until these bigots are sacked. There is no room in any school for teachers who refuse to recognise gay students and treat them with respect. They have suffered long enough – bullying has to be stopped.

  18. This teacher should leave his religion based views outside school. He is a teacher, not a preacher.

    The simple fact is, that by behaving in the way he did, he showed a dereliction of his duties and responsibilities as a teacher. Quite correct to suspend him.

    When I went to school, I had zero interest in the religious OR social opinions of my teachers.

    Not surprising to read he is being supported by the american religious bigots solicitors.

    Education does not need religious bigots. Period.

  19. Who is this invisible god person/thing anyway???

  20. Har Davids 27 Apr 2009, 3:53pm

    Can’t the guy just listen and keep his mouth shut if he’s not willing to engage in any kind of discussion? We all know by know that sinners go to hell, whereas people like Kwabena Peat expect to go to heaven, where they won’t be bothered by the rest of us. So, he can live his kind of life and wallow in his self-righteousness and we’ll do our thing.

  21. Pumpkin Pie 27 Apr 2009, 4:20pm

    “Would it be all right for gay teachers to walk out during a Christian presentation on a training day?”

    Why would there be a Christian presentation? That makes no sense.

  22. A Christian presentation could well involve someone, during a teacher training day, talking about, say, ‘Christian Values and Personal and Social Education’.

  23. This teacher was thinking that he was going to be hearing about ways of dealing with homophobic bullying etc. Instead he was being lectured on Queer Theory.
    I wonder if anyone fell asleep?

  24. Pumpkin Pie 27 Apr 2009, 7:53pm

    “A Christian presentation could well involve someone, during a teacher training day, talking about, say, ‘Christian Values and Personal and Social Education’.”

    Why? State schools should be secular. If you’re going to bring in religious values, then why should Christianity take precedence? You’d have to fit in presentations for Muslim values, and Hindu values, and Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Wicca, Druids, etc. My point is that these are cultural, stuff like race, gender and sexuality are innate.

  25. Pumpkin Pie – it would be wonderful if that was the case, but it is simply not how it happens in schools. A young cousin of mine, who lives in the UK, was complaining about the extent of religious instruction at her state school. They had homework questions to answer about it. One of the questions was: “what colour are Jesus’s eyes?” I kid you not!

  26. Keith SIMPSON 28 Apr 2009, 12:06am

    Mr Kwabena Peat is a hero of our dark times. Our broken society needs more teachers like him to fight through homosexual bigotry and hatred.

    Thank you Mr Peat.

    Comment by Alexander — April 27, 2009 @ 13:18

    I DON’T THINK SO..!
    MR.PEAT IS THE LAST PERSON KIDS NEED TEACHING THEM.
    HOW DOES HE KNOW THAT ‘GOD’s WRATH IS BEING RISKED’..?
    PERSONAL HOT-LINE TO THE ALMIGHTY, HAVE WE?
    ANOTHER ONE..!
    THE ARROGANCE OF THESE RELIGIOUS NUTTERS!
    HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT A CHOICE, PEAT, WHAT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND..?

  27. Alexander, like Peat, is seriously mentally ill, for religious faith and anything connected with it is a mental illness.

  28. commanderthor 28 Apr 2009, 8:22am

    Alexander is a hit and run troll. Don’t feed the troll.Ignoring them makes them more furious!

  29. Alexnader is what you call an EXGAY.

    You can learn all about these sick gays at

    exgaywatch (dot com)

  30. Alexander wrote

    “Mr Kwabena Peat is a hero of our dark times. Our broken society needs more teachers like him to fight through homosexual bigotry and hatred. Thank you Mr Peat.”

    Alexander can you clariy what you mean by “homosexual bigotry”

    Many thanks
    John K

  31. Mihangel apYrs 30 Apr 2009, 7:52am

    @JohnK
    “homosexual bigotry”! : not allowig me to say that you’re evil sin-filled faggots god-damned to hell as child-molesting sodomites. And you demean my holy union by wanting to get married.

  32. Dave North 30 Apr 2009, 8:34am

    If your an example of a wholesome christian you can stick your god up your a@?se

  33. Mihangel apYrs wrote:
    “homosexual bigotry”! : not allowig me to say that you’re evil sin-filled faggots god-damned to hell as child-molesting sodomites. And you demean my holy union by wanting to get married.

    Mihangel apYrs thank you for your clarification. This tells us so much about what sort of a person you are.

    Do you say all of these things about gays in the name of “Jesus” ?

  34. A teacher who flounces out of a training session instead of engaging in open debate is setting a poor intellectual example and probably shouldn’t be teaching. Depending, of course, on how abusive and threatening the contents were, a nasty letter sent to other staff definitely puts a cherry on the cake.

  35. Ian Laughlin 2 May 2009, 12:08am

    It shouldn’t really surprise us that as Pink News becomes more popular as a “Google” website, weirdos and fundies will be tempted to click and leave their barely comprehensible screeds. In a way it’s a reflection of the massive success of the Pink News venture -the swivel eyed ones were looking for a confirmation of their strange worldview, it was challenged and, unable to process any contrary information, they retreated into ritualistic anger.

    What confuses and riles extremists is a failure to play the game by their rules, so ignoring their provocation, as suggested above, is a useful strategy. Instead of arguing with them directly, we can win by 1) lobbying the school head to ensure the robust disciplining of any teacher who neglects their duty to support gay and lesbian children and 2) reminding any teaching union of which Mr Peat is a member that homophobia is in breach of their rulebook and that therefore the membership may need to be rescinded.

  36. Pumpkin Pie 2 May 2009, 12:58pm

    I think a couple of you got mixed up back there. Mihangel is showing us what fundamentalists believe, not what HE believes. He has another post further p the page that affirms this notion.

  37. Pumpkin Pie 2 May 2009, 12:59pm

    ^
    further UP the page

  38. Mihangel apYrs 2 May 2009, 7:40pm

    @JohnK

    I was being ironic.

    As an atheist gay man in a CP I was just reporting what the god-botherers take is.

    May the FSM touch you in interesting places with his noodly appendage

  39. @Mihangel apYrs

    Irony . . . with you now . . . and spot on.

    But then they only have one story, one message, one rant . . .

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