A Christian nurse with more than 15 years of experience was fired for speaking with cancer patients about faith and prayer.
Sarah Kuteh, a nurse in the United Kingdom, was fired from her position with the Darent Valley Hospital for “gross misconduct.”
CBN News reported that during the trial, the judge added: “Many people are not religious and there are many people that object. It is a subject fraught with difficulty and as a consequence people should not express anything about their own beliefs without it first being raised as a question by someone else.”
The complaint against Kuteh argues that she spent too much time discussing religion and that she was overly focused on telling patients that faith and prayer would give them a better chance of survival.
Kuteh denied the charges in the complaint, adding that she didn’t “impose her religious beliefs” on anyone.
Kuteh’s attorney argued that the claims and charges against Ketuh are “astonishingly brief and vague handwritten notes,” adding that the evidence is “wholly unsatisfactory,” according to a report by USA Today.
The hospital argues that Kuteh was fired for “inappropriately” pushing her religious beliefs on the patients rather than holding her own views.
“It was apparent to us that Mrs. Kuteh was disciplined because she had engaged in conversations about religion that were unwanted by patients and contrary to her line manager’s instructions,” said Victoria Leivers-Carruth, who chaired the appeal hearing.
Here’s the kicker: nurses were required to conduct pre-operation questionnaires with patients, and questions were listed that asked about religious beliefs.
Ketuh argues that she only mentioned faith and prayer when she was discussing the questionnaires with her patients.
“I’m serious about my religion, but I don’t think I imposed my religion on patients,” Kuteh said.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center, objected to the judge’s comment:
“This religious illiteracy is pushing Christians out of public life and robbing society of the service of many good people like Sarah Kuteh.”
The U.K. Employment Tribunal heard Kuteh’s case on March 30 and a decision is expected in the coming months, but she isn’t going away silently.