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Christian worker wins unfair dismissal case after 'gay jibe'

A Christian nursery worker who was sacked after airing her views on homosexuality and marriage has won a discrimination claim against her former employer, her legal team has said.

Sarah Mbuyi, 31, was fired by Newpark Childcare in west London, for gross misconduct after telling a lesbian colleague her gay lifestyle was a sin. She claimed the sacking breached European law on religious freedom.

Sarah Mbuyi said she was relieved at the outcome of the tribunal which ruled in her favour. Credit: PA

The tribunal recognised that while the employer was "not anti-Christian" Miss Mbuyi had not been treated fairly.

The Christian Legal Centre, who supported Miss Mbuyi, said it was a "common sense" judgement.

Miss Mbuyi said: "I only ever responded to questions that my colleague asked me and wanted the very best for her. I give glory to God for the decision and say 'well done' to the Christian Legal Centre".

Tiffany Clutterbuck, a director of Newpark Childcare, told The Sunday Times that she was disappointed by the ruling.

Britain is a 'post-Christian' country says ex-archbishop

Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has declared Britain a "post-Christian" country in an interview with The Telegraph.

Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has declared Britain a 'post-Christian' country Credit: PA

Lord Williams of Oystermouth, who stood down as leader of the Church of England in December 2012, said that while Britain's "cultural memory is still quite strongly Christian", it is "post-Christian" in its practice.

"A Christian nation can sound like a nation of committed believers, and we are not that," he said. "Equally, we are not a nation of dedicated secularists.

He added: "A Christian country as a nation of believers? No. A Christian country in the sense of still being very much saturated by this vision of the world and shaped by it? Yes."

Asked whether Britain will lose its faith altogether, he said: "Given that we have a younger generation now who know less about this legacy than people under 45, there may be a further shrinkage of awareness and commitment."

His comments followed criticism of the Prime Minister's comments that the UK should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country" and "more evangelical" about faith.

Christian worker claims unfair dismissal after 'gay jibe'

A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin.

Sarah Mbuyi says she only made the comments after being pressed on her beliefs by a colleague who initiated the conversation at Newpark Childcare in Highbury, north London, in January.

She is being supported in her case by the Christian Legal Centre, whose chief executive, Andrea Williams, said the Government has "seriously let down" the Christian community and criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for attempting to "mould Christianity to his political agenda".

Mr Cameron said earlier this week that Britain should be ''more confident about our status as a Christian country" and "more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people's lives".

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