Bernard Randall

Bernard was dismissed from his role as school chaplain and reported to the government’s terrorist watchdog, Prevent, for a sermon he gave at the school on ‘identity politics’.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Rev. Dr Bernard Randall, a former chaplain of Christ’s College, Cambridge, is taking Trent College to court for discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal after the school reported him – without his knowledge – to the government anti-terror watchdog (‘Prevent’) for a sermon he gave at the school on ‘identity politics’. The incident occurred in 2019, and Dr Randall has not given a sermon or been able to work in Christian ministry since, a situation he is continuing to challenge.

Dr Randall commented: “My story sends a message to other Christians that you are not free to talk about your faith. It seems it is no longer enough to just ‘tolerate’ LGBT ideology. You must accept it without question and no debate is allowed without serious consequences. Someone else will decide what is and what isn’t acceptable, and suddenly you can become an outcast, possibly for the rest of your life.”

In January 2024, Dr Randall, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) after malicious referrals by his former employer, Trent College in Derbyshire. This follows clearances by Prevent and the Teaching Regulation Authority (TRA).

This leaves the Church of England (CofE) as the only public body that still has Dr Randall blacklisted as a safeguarding risk.

An employment tribunal ruling upheld Dr Randall’s sacking in 2023, and Dr. Randall is appealing this concerning judgment with a hearing expected in 2024.

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