Olive Jones, a 54-year-old mother of two, who taught maths to children too ill to attend school, was dismissed following a complaint from the girl’s mother. She was visiting the home of the child when she spoke about her belief in miracles and asked whether she could say a prayer, but when the mother indicated they were not believers she did not go ahead.Oh, for the love of..!
Mrs Jones was then called in by her managers who, she says, told her that sharing her faith with a child could be deemed to be bullying...Well, if that is the case, it must be the single, solitary exception to the bullying rule then.
The one that says we don't take bullying seriously (unless it takes place among parents rather than children), but we'll sack anyone else who does or, if we can't sack them, we'll make them otherwise unwelcome on our premises.
And what do these people think will happen if someone offers to pray for them? If they don't believe in anything themselves, then nothing, right? So why the rush to complain? If Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormans show up at my door (always clean and immaculately dressed and polite, I might add), a polite 'No thank you' sees them off. I don't burst into flames, or feel the need to run upstairs to wash off the Jesus cooties...
And now, of course, lawyers are involved and the local authority is hastily backpedalling:
She said that although she was clear that she had been sacked, she had recently been approached by a senior education official who had said the complaint was still being investigated and had suggested a meeting.The world's gone mad!
She said she believed the approach had been triggered by the involvement of the Christian Legal Centre, and she was now taking legal advice about how to proceed.