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Caroline Petrie, a nurse from Weston-super-Mare, was suspended without pay for asking a patient whether she would like to be prayed for. North Somerset Primary Care Trust suspended Mrs Petrie even though the patient in question was not offended. The incident was reported by a nurse who visited the same patient the day after Mrs Petrie had offered prayer.

Colin Atkinson, a van driver, was asked to remove his palm cross he had displayed for fifteen years from the dashboard of his Housing Association vehicle by Wakefield District Housing (WDH) following a complaint. Mr Atkinson was under threat of disciplinary action for refusing to comply.

Dr Sheila Matthews was dismissed from her role on the local authority’s adoption panel after requesting to refrain from voting when homosexual couples were being considered by the panel as potential adoptive parents. Dr Matthews resigned from her job as a paediatrician and brought a claim against Northamptonshire County Council on the grounds that she had been discriminated against because of her faith.

Duke Amachree, a homelessness prevention officer for Wandsworth Council, was suspended after suggesting to a client who was suffering from an incurable illness that doctors did not have all the answers, and for asking her whether she had tried putting her faith in God. He was then later sacked for gross misconduct.

In 2008, experienced foster carers Eunice and Owen Johns applied to foster a child in Derby but their application stalled because of their Christian sexual ethics.

Jeff&Sue GreenChristian couple, Jeff and Sue Green, have been accused of discriminating against same-sex couples by operating a ‘married couples only’ policy for their double rooms at their guesthouse in Wales.  They are taking their case directly to the European Court of Human Rights because of the serious, long-term implications for Christians in the public sphere, and because they believe that they

Kwabena Peat, a Christian teacher, was suspended after he sent letters to other staff members complaining that a staff training day was used to promote homosexual rights, and to marginalise and label those who disagreed with homosexual practice. Following intervention by the Christian Legal Centre, Mr Peat was reinstated but was the recipient of continuing harassment since returning to work.

Olive Jones, a supply teacher, was dismissed on the spot from her role after offering to pray for a child and her family. Mrs Jones had not been made aware of a previous instruction from the family that they would not welcome any discussions about faith. Following intervention by the CLC, and extensive media coverage, Mrs Jones was offered a similar position by the council; however she had already found work elsewhere.

Shirley Chaplin, an NHS nurse, was faced with disciplinary action after being told that she was no longer permitted to wear her cross while at work on health and safety grounds. The NHS Trust indicated that they would permit exemptions in their uniform policy for religious and cultural symbols that were ‘mandatory’ within the religion.

Theresa Davies, a registrar with Islington Borough Council, was demoted from her job because of her refusal to preside over civil partnership ceremonies. Ms Davies believes that the Council discriminated against her because she is a Christian.

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