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Adventist teacher ban upheld

19 April 2013

by a staff reporter

THE High Court has upheld a classroom ban on a Christian schoolteacher who condemned what he called the "homosexual lifestyle" in front of pupils.

A judge rejected an appeal by science teacher Robert Haye, from Lewisham, against his indefinite ban, saying that he had shown lack of insight when making the "inappropriate" comments.

Mr Haye told students aged 15 and 16 at Deptford Green School that the way homosexual people lived was "disgusting", and that the Bible said that it was sinful.

He also told another class that "anyone who worships on Sunday is basically worshipping the devil".

Mr Haye, who is 43, and his family belong to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which observes Saturday as the sabbath.

Mr Haye is understood to be having to pay the £4200 legal costs himself. Other cases of Christians' alleging discrimination because of their faith have been supported and funded by organisations such as the Christian Legal Centre, which is linked to the campaigning organisation Christian Concern and the Christian Institute. They were not available to comment.

Now unemployed, Mr Haye told The Guardian that he did not expect to be able to find work as a teacher again, though he could apply to return to the classroom after two years.

He said: "I will not recant my beliefs. God comes first."

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