Pastor 'caused general offence' with tweet saying Pride events are 'harmful to children'
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A church minister and school caretaker caused universal offence with a tweet which claimed that Pride events were "detrimental to children, A tribunal has read.
PA reports that should be genuine, Which coincided within the first Cambridge Pride festival in 2019, Were explained Isle of Ely Primary School headteacher Helen Davies as an "Unprovoked battle,
She stresses that the studies and disciplinary action against Keith Waters was "signifies, from, possible" About his religion.
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Mr ocean, 55, Who says his job as a caretaker at the Cambridgeshire school became "Untenable" post tweet, Is claiming direct and indirect discrimination and constructive dismissal against the Active Learning Trust, Which runs the teachers, And rrn opposition to Ms Davies.
She told the careers tribunal: "It was as they had broken the policies.
"Anyone who had tweeted something regardless of how fancy who they are, What unique role is, What their beliefs are if they tweet something that actually then causes offence and brings the school into disrepute, They have broken the codes of conduct and the policies that exist within school.
"no matter whether I agreed with him or didn't agree with him, The point of the disciplinary is 'were these codes of conduct broken' which happens to be it.
"It never was, just before, Ever about his religious beliefs. It was that it broke our codes of conduct and that was what I was looking,
Mr oceans, together with Ely, Who has been an evangelical church minister for about 15 years, wore tweeted: "A reminder that Christians may not support or attend the LGBTQ 'pride month' events in June.
"They promote a culture and encourage activities that are not like Christian faith and morals.
"They are specifically harmful for children,
Addressing whether she thought then that the tweets were homophobic, Mrs Davies understood: "I understood parents read it and were offended. I understood how and why they were offended.
"I would say that it appears from the words that are in the tweet that is an attack on the LGBTQ community, An unprovoked approach, And it says the events they hold are detrimental to children,
School insurance policies say staff must not post things on social media which cause offence, The tribunal discovered.
Mrs Davies said that whether people were right or wrong to be offended was "immaterial,
She added in: "It brought that kind of thinking into the faculty. the college did not ask for that. this hadn't condone it but we were brought into (this situation) By relationship,
Mr Waters' views were produced "Extremist, "Abhorrent" along with "awful outburst on a very public platform, In three complaints to the institution, But he says his comments were in line with his conservative faith.
Mrs Davies said she had also fielded cell phone calls about the controversy and a "stream" Of concerns were raised about the situation online.
a reaction to the post included a local Liberal Democrat councillor calling for an apology.
the actual tweet provoked negative publicity, from my press and online, And the school had to investigate because it received complaints from parents.
Mr Waters worked part time as a caretaker at the institution from January 2017 and resigned in June 2019, Weeks after posting the now misplaced tweet.