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GLOUCESTERSHIRE, England (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Christian school worker has been fired for Facebook sharing a national petition against the country's new mandatory sexual educations program that normalizes homosexual relationships and transgender ideology to children as young as 4 years old.
In 2018, Kristie Higgs learned that the "No Outsiders" program was being introduced at Farmor's School in Fairford where her children attended and she worked as an assistant for six years with an unblemished record. The program has sparked protests by parents across Britain for the aggressive indoctrination of LGBT and gender identity topics and the undermining of parental rights.
After attending a parent meeting at the school, Higgs took to social media to share her concerns. She shared two posts, only visible to her friends, with one saying, "Please read this they are brainwashing our children! Please sign this petition, they have already started to brainwash our innocent wonderfully created children and it's happening in our local primary school now."
In a second post, Higgs shared an article on the rise of transgender ideology in children's books in American schools, noting that it is also happening in British schools.
Higgs said, "My number one concern has always been the effect that learning about sex and gender in school will have on children at such a young age."
The No Outsiders program was developed by Andrew Moffat, an openly homosexual man who created the program to combat so-called homophobia. He introduced the program in Parkfield Community School in Saltley where he works as the assistant headteacher after he resigned from Chilwell Croft Academy in 2014 after parents complained he "came out" to the students.
The families of Parkfield students are almost entirely of the Islamic faith that does not support equality for the LGBT community and do not want their children taught acceptance of it.
Muslims, Christians and Jewish families united and began weekly protests in February, and 600 children were kept home from school. By March, the program was suspended until a resolution could be reached with the parents.
While the No Outsiders program is a voluntary school-based program, it sparked concern over the country's sexual education program that is being given an overhaul. The Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is set to become compulsory starting in September 2020. In addition to LGBT and gender identity issues, RSE lessons will include sexting, female genital mutilation, grooming, sexual harassment and domestic abuse.
A parliamentary petition was started by Dr. Katherine Sarah Godfrey-Faussett to seek the ability to "opt out" of the RSE and has currently been signed by over 116,000 people.
Godfrey-Faussett said, "We have grave concerns about the physical, psychological and spiritual implications of teaching children about certain sexual and relational concepts proposed in RSE and believe they have no place within a mandatory school curriculum."
The response from the government will only allow "opt-outs" until the child is between 15 and 16 years old. It further states, "There will be no right to withdraw from sex education taught in the science national curriculum."
Both posts were reported to Farmor's School, and following a two-month investigation, Higgs was fired for gross misconduct.
"As soon as the investigation into the posts began," Higgs explained, "I was repeatedly told: 'This is nothing to do with your religion.' That was clearly a legal tactic and of course, it has everything to do with my religion."
Higgs said, "I have been punished for sharing concerns about Relationships and Sex Education. I hold these views because of my Christian beliefs, beliefs and views which are shared by hundreds of thousands of parents across the U.K."
Officially, the reasons the school cited were illegal discrimination, serious inappropriate use of social media and online comments that could bring the school into disrepute and damage the reputation of the school.
Higgs asked who she discriminated against and was told, "[Y]ou had not directly discriminated against one person, rather it was about the words you had used that could be perceived as discrimination." Higgs was also told, in writing, that the school agreed with her "that there is no direct evidence that as a matter of fact that the reputation of the school has been damaged to date."
Higgs is challenging her dismissal with help from Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre, sister U.K.-based firms that pair Christians facing discrimination with legal help. Because of this accusation, Higgs is now marked as a danger to vulnerable children and may never be able to work with children again.
"This case is about the freedom to hold Christian views about what it means to be human," said Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Legal Centre. Many Christians have faced pressure for expressing these views in the workplace before, but in this case, Kristie has been dismissed for sharing her views among friends on Facebook.
"I am determined to fight this case and to stand for Christians and all parents across the country who are being silenced for sharing and holding these views," Higgs said.