A homosexual teacher is submitting a complaint to the equality commission for wrongful suspension and possible dismissal, according to gay rights lobby group COC.
It is the first time a teacher at a religious school has been brave enough to file a complaint on the grounds of homosexuality, reports the Telegraaf.
The teacher was suspended by the Dr K Schilderschool in Oegstgeest. The reformed primary school suspended him when he said he was in a relationship with a man.
The school is now looking at how it can dismiss the man, says the COC.
‘I’m reformed, gay and functioned well at this school,’ the man told the Telegraaf. ‘Now I’m threatened with the sack because of something that has nothing to do with my work.’
The Netherlands has dozens of funamentalist Christian schools which oppose homosexuality on Biblical principles. While funded by the government, they are run independently. Such schools may not discriminate but are free to determine their own ‘professional demands’ for teachers.
In practice, this means they are allowed to refuse gay teachers and pupils on the grounds that homosexuality conflicts with their religious principles.