Tuesday 29 November 2022

Gay teacher leaves fundamentalist Christian school

The gay teacher who fought to keep his job at a fundamentalist Christian school in Oegstgeest has reached an agreement to leave the school after all.

A court in Leiden ruled in favour of Duran Renkema when he fought against his dismissal, saying the simple fact the man has gone public with his homosexuality and lives with a man is no reason to suspend and then sack him.
Both sides have agreed not to comment on the terms of the agreement.
The Netherlands has dozens of fundamentalist 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.

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