A Bible college in the United Kingdom fired one of its teachers recently, claiming he damaged the school’s reputation by speaking out against homosexuality on Twitter, according to Fox News.
The college also considered reporting the theologian for terrorism charges, after his words reportedly caused “distress” among members of the church.
Dr. Aaron Edwards was teaching at Cliff College in Derbyshire, England, but was fired for “bringing the college into disrepute” by tweeting against homosexuality. According to Edwards’ legal counsel, a senior staff member said his words “could be extremely damaging” and “impact the college’s core work” and “business plan.”
“Homosexuality is invading the Church,” Edwards said on Twitter.
“Evangelicals no longer see the severity of this b/c they’re busy apologising for their apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not it’s true. This *is* a “Gospel issue”, by the way. If sin is no longer sin, we no longer need a Saviour,” he added.
Edwards responded to many replies, both positive and negative, including a man who said, “There have been gay Christians for a very long time, including in leadership positions,” to which Edwards replied, “No. Not if you mean proudly gay Christians who redefine sin. That is an exceptionally recent phenomenon.”
In addition to terminating his position, it was also revealed during a disciplinary hearing that the college also considered reporting Edwards to the U.K.’s terrorist prevention program called “Prevent,” which recently made international headlines for claiming a 1964 Michael Caine film incites “far-right” extremism.
Edwards reportedly faced questions during the hearing about whether he would pray with a student about the student’s same-sex attraction, which the doctor thought was an attempt to trap him into suggesting some type of conversion therapy.
“The reaction to my tweet and the unjust treatment I have experienced by Cliff College and the Methodist Church in Britain completely illustrates the problem my tweet addressed,” Edwards said in a statement to Fox News.
“The tweet was not defamatory; it was not an attack on any colleague or individual; it was not abusive; and it was not an extremist religious view. It was addressed to evangelicals as a point of doctrine, and it has been misunderstood by many who wish to cause personal and institutional trouble for those who express that view,” his statement continued.
Cliff College did respond to request for comment.
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