Christian teacher accused of misgendering pupil denies misconduct

Joshua Sutcliffe

A Christian teacher has denied skilled misconduct after allegedly misgendering a pupil and criticising Islam on YouTube.

Joshua Sutcliffe, 32, is combating towards his elimination from the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

A listening to into his conduct befell in Coventry final week and has been prolonged in order that additional proof will be heard.

Mr Sutcliffe is accused of calling Muhammad a “false prophet” on his private YouTube panel and utilizing the mistaken pronoun to deal with a biologically feminine scholar who identifies as a boy. 

In 2017, Mr Sutcliffe was suspended and dismissed from Cherwell School in Oxfordshire over the alleged incident. 

He stated that he had averted utilizing gender particular pronouns so as to accommodate each the pupil’s wants and his personal Christian beliefs that people are born male or feminine. 

He later settled out of court docket.  

In 2019, Mr Sutcliffe was compelled to resign from one other college after criticising Muhammad and Islam in a video he posted to YouTube. 

Other allegations towards Mr Sutcliffe relate to his views on same-sex marriage after he informed a scholar who requested about his views throughout a Bible group session at college that he believed it to be mistaken.

Expert proof from theologian Dr Martin Parsons stated that Mr Sutcliffe’s beliefs had been based mostly on his evangelical Christian religion, which is shared by a “important quantity” of different evangelical Christians and lots of Catholics.

“Prior to 1689 when the Toleration Act was handed, a big variety of Bible believing Christians in Britain had been ready to face execution, with hundreds extra topic to imprisonment for his or her religion,” he stated.

“However, the understanding that there are authentic separate spheres for church and state and the enshrining of those in elements of constitutional regulation, led to the institution of freedom of faith in Britain, which later unfold to different nations of the world.”

Andrea Williams, chief govt of the Christian Legal Centre, stated that “the prevailing secular orthodoxy which can not tolerate any dissent” and that Mr Sutcliffe was being “hounded out of the occupation” for “talking fact”.

“True ‘misgendering’ is accepting trans identities,” she stated.



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