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Keith Waters (pictured yesterday), who is a minister at an evangelical church, claims he was forced to leave his job as a caretaker at a secular primary school after making the tweet in 2019.

A Christian pastor has said a ‘homophobic’ tweet about gay pride being harmful was ‘born out of love’ as he sues his former employer for constructive dismissal.

Keith Waters, who is a minister at an evangelical church, says he was forced to leave his job as a caretaker at a secular primary school after making the tweet in 2019.

The 55-year-old said the tweet, which he later deleted, was an expression of a “Christian point of view” on LGBTQ Pride events.

He wrote on Twitter on June 1, 2019: ‘A reminder that Christians should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events in June.

‘They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian faith and morals. They are especially harmful to children.

Social media users accused him of homophobia and parents wrote to his school in Ely, Cambridgeshire, to complain about his “disgusting and hateful views”.

But Waters, who is married with a daughter, told an employment court yesterday that his tweet was “born of love.”

He is suing the Active Learning Trust, which runs Isle of Ely Primary School, for direct and indirect discrimination and constructive dismissal.

Pastor who says elementary school forced him out for anti-Pride tweet says

On June 24, 2019, Waters served notice to resign from the position he had held since January 2017 after school bosses threatened him with disciplinary action.  Pictured: Pride file photo

On June 24, 2019, Waters served notice to resign from the position he had held since January 2017 after school bosses threatened him with disciplinary action. Pictured: Pride file photo

On June 24, 2019, Waters served notice to resign from the position he had held since January 2017 after school bosses threatened him with disciplinary action.

In written submissions yesterday, Waters said his tweet was an expression of a “Christian point of view” on LGBTQ Pride events, which are “diametrically opposed to Christian sexual ethics.”

Waters, minister of the New Connexions Free Church in Ely, wrote: ‘The beliefs, culture and ethics promoted by ‘Pride’ are therefore diametrically opposed to Christian sexual ethics.

‘Not only does ‘Pride’ promote what we consider to be sin; also encourages people to take pride in [sic] that sin.’

Isle of Ely Primary School argued that Waters’ tweet and social media outcry had brought the school into disrepute, warranting a disciplinary investigation.

Yesterday’s court in Cambridge heard that parents wrote to the school to complain about Waters’ tweet.

A letter was summarized by Stephen Peacock, representing the Active Learning Trust.

Isle of Ely Primary School argued that Waters' tweet (pictured yesterday) and social media outcry had brought the school into disrepute, warranting a disciplinary investigation.

Isle of Ely Primary School argued that Waters’ tweet (pictured yesterday) and social media outcry had brought the school into disrepute, warranting a disciplinary investigation.

He said: “The father is disgusted that someone with such disgusting and hateful views is employed in an environment with impressionable children.”

Waters told the audience: ‘Did I particularly think about the implications of this tweet? I didn’t. The reason for the tweet was born out of love.

‘I didn’t talk about Pride month. He was talking about the events and the things that are reported to happen at these events.

“I was referring to sexual activity and promiscuity in public. It didn’t matter if he was straight or gay. It was about nudity.


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