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04/19/2007


Christian Nursery School Employee Alleges Firing Over Refusal To Read Children Gay Stories

Sarah Mbuyi, a Belgian immigrant who works at a British nursery school, has lodged a formal complaint at an employment tribunal alleging that she was fired for refusing to read stories about gay couples to children. Mbuyi-sarah

According to Mbuyi, shortly after she began full-time work at Britain’s Newpark Childcare nursery school a lesbian co-worker began asking Mbuyi why she carries a bible and about her Christian beliefs. Two months later, Mbuyi gave the woman a bible as a gift when that woman got injured and ended up in the hospital.

The following month, the lesbian co-worker told Mbuyi that the church had shamed and abused her for being lesbian when she was younger. At some point Mbuyi responded, “If I tell you that God is OK with [homosexuality] I am lying to you.”

Mbuyi’s employers then allegedly called Mbuyi in for a disciplinary meeting, accused her of harassment and gross misconduct and then asked  if she would read stories about gay people to children. She answered that she would not and was let go soon afterwards.

Miss Mbuyi will be represented in court by the Christian Legal Centre, a UK-based religious legal group with a long track record of losing its cases.


KFC Kicks Lesbian Couple Out of UK Restaurant for 'Heavy Petting'

A KFC spokesman has apologized after staff members at a restaurant in Bath, England kicked out a lesbian couple for what was described as “heavy petting” between the two women.

The Independent reports:

KFCThe couple have complained to police about their treatment in the restaurant, saying they had been verbally abused during the incident on Thursday afternoon.

Stephen Pope, the father of one of the women, said on Twitter that “a couple complained about them being gay so the manager threw them out”.

And in a tweet to the company, he said: “Dear @kfc the manager at your Bath, UK, store just kicked my daughter and her g/f out for being #gay. Is this one of your policies?”

A KFC spokesman said they were “very sorry for any offence caused”.

But he added: “While we acknowledge that staff may have been over-zealous in asking the couple to leave, we do not believe that the decision had anything to do with their sexuality. 


Mysterious Black Ring Appears in Sky Over England: VIDEO

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A mysterious phenomenon in the British sky has folks baffled.

SWNS TV writes:

A schoolgirl was stunned when when she looked into the sky to see this enormous unexplained black ring. Georgina Heap, 16, was playing tennis with mum Jo when she was stopped in her tracks by the fascinating sight. Gazing into the sky, the pair saw a clearly defined black circle which looked like a giant smoke ring. The ring remained there for around three minutes before disappearing completely. The spectacle, which took place near Leamington Spa on Friday evening, has stumped officials.

IBT adds:

Miss Heap, who is studying for her GCSEs, described the circle as "the weirdest thing I have ever seen."

"I looked up at it and thought 'what the hell?', it was amazing," she said. "It was just floating there like a cloud and then it disappeared. It wasn't birds either. There were about ten of us who stopped what we were doing and watched."

The 16-year-old photographed the circle on her iPhone but so far, experts have been un able to offer explanation for the unusual sighting.

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UK Couple Ties the Knot in First Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Held in a Church

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UK couple Jan Tipper and Barb Burden’s weekend wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth, England is believed to be the country’s first gay wedding held inside a church.

The London Evening Standard reports:

Mcc bournemouthMs Burden and Ms Tipper, who have been attending the church for 15 years, said they were shocked they were the first gay couple to wed in a church.

Ms Burden said: “Unfortunately it shows the lack of effective ministry by most churches to gay people in so many ways.

Ms Tipper said: “To get married in our church was very significant to us. Even though we’ve been together for almost 19 years it didn’t feel right for us to have just a blessing or even a Civil Partnership.

“We’ve hoped for years for the opportunity to legally marry and once it became possible we knew it was time for us to tie the knot and to do it before God in our church with our friends and family.”

Reverend Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the ceremony, said: “ We are extremely pleased that the government didn’t just listen to those churches that wanted to completely block same-sex couples from the right to have their marriage consecrated in their place of worship, but heard the voices of the minority of people of faith who believe that God doesn’t discriminate.

The Church of England continues to oppose the blessing of same-sex wedding ceremonies within its churches. 


After Coming Out to Students, Gay British Teacher Resigns in Response To Parent Complaints

When some of his 10 and 11-year-old students held up a sign saying "Gay Is Good" at a school assembly, assistant head Andrew Moffat of Chilwell Croft Academy in Birmingham - UK, not Alabama - felt it was a good time to come out to show his students that they knew someone gay. That decision wound up costing him his job.

Andrew MoffatWhen word got out, a minority of parents began loudly complaining that they didn't want Moffat teaching their children. The parents, predominantly of Muslim faith but with some Christians as well, said that they didn't want their children being taught that being gay is ok. Moffat resigned under the pressure and has accepted a teaching position outside Birmingham.

Presently, a dozen schools in Birmingham are under investigation for financial mismanagement and the introduction of Islamic religious teachings into the curriculum. Last month a document called "Operation Trojan Horse" was circulated and is allegedly a guide on how Islamic fundamentalists could take over schools.


Nigerian Asylum Seeker Has Two Weeks To Prove She's A Lesbian Or Face Death: VIDEO

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Aderonke Apata (pictured above at right with her current fiancée) fled Nigeria 10 years ago when her family and girlfriend were murdered. Apata was sentenced to death for being gay. In fact, she has scars upon her head and back from where she’s been beaten and stabbed by boys in her community disgusted at her being a lesbian.

After having her pleas for asylum rejected twice by the United Kingdom, she now has just two weeks to convince the UK Home Office that she will be killed if sent back to Nigeria. In part, she has to prove that she’s actually a lesbian by enduring extensive, intrusive interviews about her sexual behavior (we’re talking questions about penetration, positions and what she does and does not enjoy in bed).

Apata says that some asylum seekers even go to the degrading extent of recording themselves having sex just to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in fact gay.

On March 28th of this year, Home Secretary Teresa May announced that the UK asylum system will be reviewed and reformed so that questions focus on sexual orientation rather than behavior. But while that reform may help people in the future, there’s a petition asking the UK Home Office to grant her asylum now.

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