Nursery worker insists God ‘doesn’t like’ homosexuality after winning employment tribunal
A Christian nursery worker who won an employment tribunal after being sacked has insisted that homosexuality is sinful and God doesn’t like it.
Sarah Mbuyi was fired from a London chain of nurseries, Newpark Childcare, over claims of “harassment” of the colleague and “gross misconduct”.
However, she last week won an employment tribunal decision against the decision – after it ruled that Mbuyi was discriminated against on the basis of her religious beliefs.
The tribunal had heard that Ms Mbuyi had given her colleague a “gift” of a Bible, and during a discussion with the colleague had told her: “If I tell you that God is OK with that I am lying to you”.
However, after the tribunal found that Ms Mbuyi had been discriminated against, she appeared on today’s Victoria Derbyshire show – and claimed God “doesn’t like” homosexuality.
Recounting an incident with her colleague during a discussion, she said: “She eventually said something that sounded like ‘I think God would condone what I’m doing’, and that’s not true. It’s not Biblical.
“I said to her, no, God is not okay with what you do. If I tell you that he hates you, then I’m lying to you.
“He doesn’t hate you, he just doesn’t like what you do.”
Ms Mbuyi continued: “It’s not like she didn’t know the Bible’s stance on sexual ethics, so I doubt she was taking aback.”
Tiffany Clutterbuck of Newpark Childcare said: “We have robust policies and rules to ensure our nursery is inclusive and supportive for our children and staff and we took the decision to dismiss Miss Mbuyi with a view to protecting that culture.
“However, the tribunal found Miss Mbuyi’s actions were not harassment of a gay colleague and that she was entitled to express her religious beliefs in the workplace in the context of the conversation which took place.
“Our priority will always be to provide an environment where every child feels like he or she belongs.”