That the rights of all UK citizens to freedom of conscience, religious belief and expression, be fully guaranteed and protected
Dr Matthews's removal from her position is not an isolated instance of someone's employment or livelihood being terminated for believing that the institution of marriage, pre-existing the state as the foundation for family life, is beyond the competence of governements to redefine. Adrian Smith, a manager with the Trafford Housing Trust posted a comment on his personal Facebook page disagreeing with same sex marriage in church. He was reported for contravening the company's Diversity and Equality Policy causing him to lose his £35,000 a year managerial position, and be demoted to a £25,000 a year job. This jeopardised his home and good name, without the possibility of full legal redress. Despite winning his case for breach of contract and the moral support of the judge Mr Justice Briggs, he was not reinstated to his managerial post.
Owen and Eunice Johns, experienced foster carers, had their application to foster a child declined because they refused to promote homosexuality to a child in their care, as normal. Kwabena Peat, a Christian teacher, was suspended after complaining in letters to other staff members that a staff training day was misused to promote homosexual rights, and stigmatise those who disagreed with them.
Gary McFarlane, a Relate Counsellor was dismissed for gross misconduct for expressing a possible conscientious objection to giving sex therapy to a homosexual couple. Lesley Pilkington, a Christian Counsellor, was 'exposed' by a homosexual journalist posing as a possible client for seeking to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction, and subsequently suspendedfrom her professional association for agreeing to help him in a Christian context.
Duke Amachree, a Homelessness Prevention Officer for Wandsworth Council was sacked for suggesting to a client with an incurable illness that she might try putting her faith in God. Caroline Petrie, a nurse from Weston-Super-Mare was suspended without pay after being reported by another nurse for asking a patient if she would like to be prayed for even though the patient herself was not offended. Shirley Chaplin, an NHS nurse was faced with disciplinary action for refusing to hide the cross she had worn for many years.
Colin Atkinson, a van driver for Wakefield District Housing was asked to to remove the palm cross from his dashboard following a complaint. He refused and was threatened with disciplinary action. Dr Rivhard Scott, a GP for over 28 years, was given an official warning after a complaint was made about him sharing his his faith and reporting on published research into the beneficial effects of faith on health.
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Petition to: The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP the Prime Minister of the UK