Joshua Sutcliffe says that he believes that the conduct review has nothing to do with his teaching and everything to do with his Christian faith.
In woke England, you’re apparently not allowed to upset the Alphabet people or Muslims. If you do, you might find yourself facing disciplinary action like this math teacher.
Joshua Sutcliffe, who taught maths at Cherwell School in Oxford and then at a Catholic school in Islington, has a hearing scheduled for January 9.
In 2017 Mr Sutcliffe was suspended by, and then left, Cherwell School after he praised a group of students by saying ‘well done girls’ to a group that included a pupil who identified as a boy.
He later took legal action against the school for constructive dismissal and discrimination.
In 2019 the Christian preacher said he had to leave a school in London, which he had been at for over a year, after posting a video in which he called Muhammad a ‘false prophet’.
The hearing, which is due to last until January 13, is in relation to Mr Sutcliffe’s time in Oxford.
Source: Daily Mail
The 2017 “misgendering” incident seems like a pretty innocent mistake — he called a group of girls “girls” except one of those girls identified as a boy. It’s important to note that Sutcliffe did actually apologize when the student spoke to him about it.
At the time, there were no official guidelines on how to refer to transgender-identifying students, so, like other teachers, he used the student’s chosen first name. Sutcliffe does admit that, as a Christian, he avoided using male pronouns to refer to the student. He also says that he believed that this handling was consistent with the school’s code of conduct and equality policies to show respect and tolerance.
Despite that, he was summoned to a disciplinary hearing for “misgendering” after the mother of the student filed a complaint against him.
He then took the school to an employment tribunal claiming that he was being targeted for his Christian faith. Both parties settled out of court.
In 2018, Sutcliffe began teaching at a Catholic school in London. He took heat after a parent complained to the school about a video that he posted on his YouTube channel called, “What does the Bible say about false prophets?”
“I know this is controversial and I know that people might be offended by what I’m saying but I do it in love and because I want to speak the truth,” he says in the video.
“I believe Muhammad is a false prophet. I would suggest that Muslims have a false understanding of God because they’ve been led by a false prophet,” he continued, “Jesus is the only true prophet because he is God in the flesh, he is the voice of God, he brings true revelation and understanding because he is God.”
This is pretty standard Christian doctrine.
Muslims can publicly deny the divinity of Jesus which is the core of Christian doctrine and secularists can dismiss all religions as myths or fables… but Christians aren’t allowed to say that Muhammed was a false prophet? It seems like there’s one rule for Christians and one for everyone else.
Sutcliffe’s professional conduct hearing is related to the “misgendering” incident that occurred in 2017.
In a statement, Sutcliffe has made it clear that he won’t back down.
“Teaching mathematics has always been a great joy of mine. The potential for me to be prevented from teaching for holding and expressing my Christian beliefs is wrong and I believe I am being discriminated against in ways other religions and philosophical beliefs would not be,” he said.
“As a society we must be free to critique other religions and beliefs, including Islam, without fear of losing our livelihoods,” he added. “I have been hounded out of two jobs for expressing my beliefs in the workplace and in my personal time. Dissatisfied with that, the TRA are now seeking to force me out of the profession indefinitely. However, I would rather lose my profession than be silenced.”
“I was determined to comply with the school’s policies so long as I was not unlawfully coerced to act contrary to my conscience,” says Sutcliffe. “My teaching record is exemplary. I believe this case is not about my ability to teach but about me being a Christian and believing in the gospel and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”
The Daily Mail reports that in one of his YouTube videos, Sutcliffe has said that he lost his first job due to the “LGBT mafia” and his second job to the “Islamic mafia”.
“Both camps used bully tactics and intimidation and they’re getting people sacked all around the country,” says Sutcliffe. “This is very dear to my heart, I love education, I love teaching and I really enjoy teaching maths. The sad thing for me is that I’m not allowed to be me, I do my job excellently, I teach maths very well and I understand the curriculum.”
“The problem is that we’ve got the LGBT mafia which got me kicked out of one school and the Islamic mafia who got me kicked out of another,” he said. “Teachers are scared stiff of these bullies.”
In addition to teaching mathematics, Sutcliffe also preaches the Gospel.
In April 2020, he was fined by London Police for street evangelism during the lockdown.
Joshua Sutcliffe, 31, was stopped by Metropolitan Police on April 10, 2020, as he shared the Gospel and passed out pamphlets in Camden, North London. Officers told him that being outdoors without what they considered to be a legitimate reason was a violation of the COVID-19 lockdown orders, Christian Legal Centre said in a statement.
Sutcliffe explained to the officers that he was a pastor and was outdoors providing charitable work to those in need. He was still fined $80 for allegedly breaking the law.
Source: CBN News (July 26, 2021)
The London Magistrates Court later cleared Sutcliffe of all charges.
Magistrates in London have ruled a Christian street preacher, who was fined and prosecuted, was entitled to evangelise and gather during lockdown. 🎉 🙌
The Christian Legal Centre supported the case. https://t.co/etl50Zjv49
— Christian Concern (@CConcern) July 26, 2021
Sutcliffe has a website that references Galatians 2:20 in the “About” section — “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
It continues by saying that Sutcliffe doesn’t claim to have any special knowledge, but that he has come to know God through Christ.
“In our generation, in our nation, it seems that one has to tick so many boxes to speak about the kingdom of God. The culture tries to take the zeal out of believers by putting them through worldly systems and then by propagating many false doctrines to them. This happens everywhere, from school assemblies to tv shows and even within the church,” writes Sutcliffe.
“The Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God. Scripture (the Bible) has authority over the pride and whims of man! For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. The ideas of the world have no place in our understanding of God and His creation,” he concludes, “It’s time to shine.”
Shine on, my Brother… and Stay Rowdy!
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