Christian magistrate and NHS director victimised.

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Christian ‘driven from public service’ over family views

Richard Page has now been blocked from serving as an NHS Trust director
Richard Page, who was dismissed as a magistrate after expressing the view that a child’s best interests lie in being raised by a mum and a dad, has now been blocked from returning to his role as an NHS Trust non-executive director.
The Christian Legal Centre is continuing to support Richard as he challenges the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretary of State for Justice. In this short video, Richard explains what happened and why he is taking action.
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Andrea Williams says that Richard’s experience is “another example of Christians who hold biblical views being deemed unsuitable for public service” and demonstrates the “harsh reality of how the current ‘equality and diversity’ framework is being applied and imposed”.
“It is not bringing people together but driving them apart. The whole framework needs to be overhauled,” she says.
Please pray for Richard and the Christian Legal Centre team as he challenges these decisions, and seeks to protect biblical freedoms.

‘Negative impact’

In March, Richard was dismissed as a magistrate by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice after more than 15 years unblemished service on the bench, for comments that he made about children ideally needing a mother and a father.
Shortly afterwards, Richard, who has nearly 20 years experience as a finance director in the NHS, was suspended from his role as a non-executive director of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
The Trust said that in its view, Richard’s expression of his beliefs about family life would “have a negative impact on the Trust, its staff and most importantly its patients”.
In August, Richard was told that a panel convened to consider his suitability to return to his role as a non-executive director was unanimous in its view that “it was not in the interests of the health service for you to serve as a non-executive director in the NHS.”
The panel believed that his actions in expressing his beliefs about family life and in responding to his dismissal as a magistrate, were “likely to have had a negative impact on the confidence of staff, patients and the public in you as a local NHS leader”.
Richard has been told that the panel’s view will be taken into account if he applies for a similar role in the NHS in the future. He was told: “The panel also agreed that the adverse impact on your credibility would continue into the future.”
The panel had received only one complaint about Richard’s views but was made aware of over 6,500 emails supporting him and protesting at his suspension.
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‘Driving people apart’

Commenting on Richard’s treatment, Andrea Williams said: “Richard is being driven from public service simply for expressing the widely-held, lawful belief that children ideally need a mother and a father. First, the magistracy, now the Health Service. Where will this end?
“Who wins from this situation? Society is being deprived of a long-standing, sacrificial public servant, simply because he has expressed what many people believe about family life.
“This is another in a growing list of cases where Christians are being squeezed out of different areas of public life simply for expressing their beliefs.
“This is the harsh reality of how the current ‘equality and diversity’ framework is being applied and imposed. It is not bringing people together but driving them apart. The whole framework needs to be overhauled.”
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The Christian Legal Centre is not charging Richard for the support that we give him. We are able to offer support to those who need it because of your generosity. Thank you.
Richard needs our help. But, as ever, the case is not just about him. It’s also about the freedom to hold and express Christian beliefs in the workplace and in public service.
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