UK pastor claims hateful retweet did not discriminate against anyone

UK pastor claims hateful retweet did not discriminate against anyone December 4, 2019

ANOTHER day, another case for Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern, a UK-based anti-LGBT outfit.

Image via YouTube/Christian Concern

This one is centred on pastor Keith Waters, 53, above, from Ely in Cambridgeshire, who retweeted a hateful anti-Pride post by Catholic bishop Thomas Tobin, of Rhode Island.

In the wake of a massive backlash, Tobin hurriedly apologised, saying:

I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community. That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense … the Catholic church has respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I … individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and our brothers and sisters.

Waters, on the other hand, is not in the least bit contrite, and is being portrayed as a victim by Christian Concern because he claims he was forced to resign from his post as a caretaker at a local school.

Now, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, an arm of Christian Concern, he is suing for constructive dismissal, indirect discrimination, and breach of public sector equality duty. He also believes that the school has interfered with his rights to freedom of religion, expression and thought.

The ‘persecuted’ Waters said:

Anyone who believes in freedom of religion and expression should be very concerned about my story. This was an attack, not just against my Christian beliefs, but against anyone who dares to question these matters in public. The biggest concern should be that a story like mine is becoming normal.

I maintain that my tweet did not discriminate against anyone. It was directed to Christians and it did not criticise individuals or the LGBT community, only Pride events. Other people have been mortified at how I have been treated but are too fearful to speak out.

Children should never be exposed to nudity or overt sexuality, whether that’s at Gay Pride or anywhere else. I am determined to fight for the freedom to say that, and believe that no one should lose or be forced out of their job for holding and expressing legitimate views.

Image via YouTube/Christian Concern

Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, above, said in a statement:

Our schools and churches need more community-minded people like Pastor Keith Waters, not less. For sending one tweet, that raised genuine concern for children, Keith has been threatened, harassed and hounded out of his employment.

This is not a local issue distinct to Ely, but a growing intolerant and threatening trend towards, not just Christians, but anyone across the country who dares to oppose Pride. 
Pastor Keith Waters is right to say that Christians should not attend gay Pride events as they are harmful to children. They often exhibit nudity and displays of an overtly sexual nature that no child should have to see. If a Christian pastor can no longer say this publicly without receiving death threats, then we are living in very dangerous times.   

As we launch this case, we call on the Church to do more to protect courageous Christians like Keith Waters, and to speak publicly on how God’s good pattern of marriage between one man and one woman is a foundation for a healthy society.
Celebrating sexual chaos and public immorality at gay Pride events is not good for anyone; it is not good for families or impressionable young children.

Christian Concern alleges that Water “received a death threat” and that he was “hounded out of his job” by a school that “capitulated to local LGBT activists’ mob rule.”

As a result of sending the tweet, Pastor Keith Waters …. experienced a string of threats including his wife having to answer the door to funeral directors who had been sent to arrange his ‘funeral’. Estate agents contacted him, having been told he was moving from the area ‘in a hurry’, and he was nearly knocked off his bike by an angry local resident in a car who wanted to remonstrate with him. False rumours were spread that Pastor Waters was a child molester and there were calls from local councillors for Mr Waters to be investigated by police for a ‘hate incident.’

Williams’ statement added:

Harassment followed at his home and on the streets of Ely, and, fearing for his, his family’s, and his church members safety, Pastor Waters decided to delete the tweet.

However, his caretaker role at the local primary school now came under threat as the headteacher informed him that he was being investigated for bringing the school ‘into disrepute’ after receiving a handful of complaints.

During the investigation … the school’s head teacher capitulated to the demands of a handful of LGBT activists including some parents, and Pastor Waters was issued with a final warning for allegedly bringing the school into disrepute and breaking the code of conduct.

As a result, Pastor Waters believed he could no longer combine his roles as a Christian pastor and caretaker at the school, and decided that he had no alternative but to resign.

Curiously, neither Williams’ statement nor any of the reports I’ve read about this case, mention Tobin’s apology.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • Tawreos

    Celebrating sexual chaos and public immorality at gay Pride events is not good for anyone

    We don’t celebrate sexual chaos and public immorality at Pride events. We celebrate the fact that we are still here. Despite centuries of abuse and killings, we are still here. And if that pisses people like her off, well, that just makes the celebration that much sweeter.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Christians should not attend gay Pride events as they are harmful to children

    [ Citation needed ]

  • Jennny

    Ironic that Waters’ church is of the ultra-protestant variety pretty much, and he’s got into trouble for re-tweeting one of the RCC, aka the enemy’s utterances. And Ely’s a small insignificant town way out on the Fens…apart from a beautiful and historic cathedral, so he’s hardly going to be noticed except for snowflake followers from his own small church who are crying persecution and claiming the UK has gone to the dogs! I understand how his employer, a school, would be alarmed. When the school is routinely inspected by OFSTED, diversity and inclusion will be part of that, so any hint of homophobia would go badly for it. All headteachers are only too aware of this and desperate be fair, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because a good OFSTED report is vital for them and their future pupil numbers.

  • Gussie FinkNottle

    Kids don’t care about nudity or sexuality. They usually either think it’s funny or gross. In fact if they DON’T respond that way it’s a red flag for abuse. But I guess you have to start the shaming young if you have a snowball’s chance in You Know Where to control them when they get older.

  • Old Harry

    Fading to Total Irrelevance, on graveside service at a time.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Although there is much to be said for sexual chaos and public immorality 😉
    I for one am glad you’re still here.

  • Jim Jones

    Christians should not attend gay Pride RCC events as they are harmful to children and too many priests are kiddie rapers.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    that’s the least frightening picture of the awful Andrea I have seen and she still looks demented. This was an attack, not just against my Christian beliefs, but against anyone who dares to question these matters in public. No it was an attack on your bigotry. he as the right to believe what he wants the rest of us have the same right and the right to call him a bigot and many other things some very rude. No one is attacking Christianity but just one aspect of it that of the hatred many have of the LGBT members of society.Not all churches and not all Christians have such views Perhaps one day these idiots wil keep the gobs shut and let every one get on with there lives no matter what we get up to in the bedroom

  • CoastalMaineBird

    [ Citations abound ]

  • CoastalMaineBird

    I always wondered why, in the Adam and Eve myth, when their eyes were opened to “good and evil”, the VERY FIRSTEST THING they figured out was that they were naked, and that it was bad.

    EVERY OTHER ANIMAL in the garden was naked, but somehow, it’s worse for us because reasons…

  • Gussie FinkNottle

    LOL yeah, and immediately thereafter it’s associated with sexuality. Like they hadn’t been banging all along!

    My own view is that these are distilled, hand-me-down reworkings of Sumerian myths, especially those featuring Inanna/Ishtar, who is sort of like Venus. They share an awful lot of common imagery, in particular 3 different magic trees, 2 of which have serpents. In one myth she eats from the tree of knowledge and comes away knowing about sex. And then there is Enkidu, who sort of mirrors Adam as a “nature boy” whose nudity and general ignorance are revealed to him by a woman. Although in that story it’s a good thing!

  • Well, Christians ARE harmful to children…

  • Wow. “Look at me everyone, I’m totally persecuted for slandering parents whose sexuality differs from mine! And everyone’s sooo mean about it! Sad!”

  • ManxStuart

    ‘breach of public sector equality duty’ – I’d have thought that was a good enough reason to bin the hate-filled loon.

  • Jennny

    I’ve heard that, I did evangelism there for some years, very insular and rural. With the freezing east wind blowing across those flat fens straight from Siberia all winter, we were also told that accounted for the inbreeding, far too cold and too distant to find other winter pastimes!