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Christian school assistant fired after opposing LGBTQ lessons says she was defending Biblical 'truth'

Kristie Higgs was sacked from Farmor's Secondary School in Gloucestershire over a series of Facebook posts.

2020-09-22

A Christian school assistant fired for sharing Facebook posts against LGBT relationship lessons in schools has said she was defending Bibilical "truth", a court has heard.

Kristie Higgs was sacked in 2019 by Farmor's Secondary School in Fairford, Gloucestershire over the 2018 posts.

The 44-year-old had expressed concerns that her son was to be taught LGBT relationship lessons at his primary school.

She shared two posts under her maiden name concerning the diversity and inclusion programme No Outsiders to around 100 friends, including one urging people to sign a petition against making relationship education mandatory in schools.

In another post she shared an article about the rise of trans ideology in children's books in American schools.

The posts provoked an anonymous complaint, which led to a supension and, following a disciplinary hearing, dismissal for gross misconduct.

"As a Christian, I believe it is morally necessary to speak out in defence of the Bible truth when false and harmful doctrines are being promoted," she said yesterday.

Speaking as part of a statement at an employment tribunal in Bristol, Higgs added she was "shocked" by the decision to terminate her job.

The tribunal also heard (as per the BBC) that Higgs was "still shaking when she got home" following the firing.

"I rang my dad and then rang my husband," she added. "Both of them were in shock. My boys were also in shock to know I was not going back to work."

Explaining her religious beliefs, Higgs said: "God created mankind as 'male and female' and what He has created is good," adding "he does not make mistakes."

"I am aware that same-sex marriages are now recognised under UK law, but I believe that is contrary to God's law - which only recognises marriages between one man and one woman."

The Christian Legal Centre is supporting Higgs' case, which is expected to last five days.