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Mum faces dismissal for asking for prayer

Jennie Cain Mrs. Jennie Cain asked her church and Christian friends to pray for a situation involving her daughter at the school for which Mrs. Cain works and her daughter attends.

Mrs. Cain's daughter Jasmine was ticked off by a teacher for discussing Heaven and Hell with a fellow pupil and came home in tears.

After comforting her distraught daughter, sent a private email to ten close Christian friends asking them to offer prayers for the families and the school.

But a copy fell into the hands of Gary Read, headmaster at Landscore Primary School, in Crediton, Devon.

Now Mrs Cain, 38, is being investigated for professional misconduct for allegedly making claims against the school and staff members. She may be disciplined and even faces dismissal.

Her case was raised in the House of Commons yesterday by an MP referring to the “systematic and institutional discrimination towards Christians”.

And Archbishop John Sentamu has expressed his support in an article for a national newspaper.


Newspaper articles:

School receptionist faces sack after five-year-old daughter is told off for talking about God - The Mail

Mother facing sack for praying - Western Morning News

Archbishop speaks in support of primary school receptionist facing sack - The Telegraph

Children 'must not state faith as fact' - Christian Institute

The intolerance towards Christians in the public sector is an affront - The Mail

Christians Together, 14/02/2009

Editor 14/02/2009 12:17
Amanda Plattell writes:
Thank God for this turbulent priest

How ironic that the one man courageous enough to stand up for Britain's Christian heritage should be a Ugandan refugee.

Writing in this paper yesterday, John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, warned of 'the growing gap between the mindset of the governing and the governed' which has seen Christianity in Britain reduced to the status of a mere 'lifestyle choice'.

As recent cases have shown, Christians are being persecuted in the public sector as if they were some bigoted breakaway group of the BNP, rather than followers of a faith that is woven into every aspect of our nation's history.

Dr Sentamu is right to say enough is enough.

It's time to put bums back on pews and bring our faith out of the closet. This insidious, sinister airbrushing of Christian values demeans Britain.
Johann Rennie (Guest) 15/02/2009 11:19
The world has gone mad with political correctness. To chastise a 5 year old child for talking about something they believe in and have been brought up with is nothing short of disgusting and to then do the same to the mother is quite frankly beyond belief.
Kiefer (Guest) 22/02/2009 05:48
Good on that teacher for trying to set the poor deluded child right! Pity she had to go home to the bigotted mother who has poisoned her young mind with the delusions of the Xian death cult.
Rosemary Cameron 22/02/2009 20:52
I have every sympathy with Mrs Cain however I think christians need to learn to be a bit wiser, particularly with regard to the use of email. There is no such thing as a 'private email'. Not only can what you have written be easily forwarded, either deliberately or by accident, but emails can also be read by your ISP and, if you are using your work PC to send them, your employer! This is the second story in recent months where a christian has got into trouble through what was said in an email, the Gambia missionaries being the first case. The internet is great for spreading the Word, news, prayer requests etc but it is definitely not private or secure!
Penny Lee 22/02/2009 21:01
I agree Rosemary but it would still be interesting to know how the employer got access to that email. From what I've read (and we all know how accurate that is at times!) Mrs. Cain sent the email from her home computer. Unless at home she logged into her work email address to send it, then it would appear to have been given to her employer by one of the recipients.

At the very least, I'd suggest Mrs. Cain (and perhaps other Christian technophobes) enrol for a beginners computer course in email and internet in order to protect themselves wherever possible from snooping!
Penny Lee 22/02/2009 21:09
Just been back to re-read the report and this is what it says:

"That weekend Mrs Cain emailed a prayer request from her personal computer at home to trusted friends from her church. She said: 'I asked them to please pray for us, please pray for Jasmine, please pray for the school and pray for the church.'"

'She thinks Mr Read was passed the email by a governor, who is married to one of the churchgoers she sent it to.'
Editor 23/02/2009 14:30
Keifer, you said: "Good on that teacher for trying to set the poor deluded child right! Pity she had to go home to the bigotted mother who has poisoned her young mind with the delusions of the Xian death cult."

I'm sure that you would allow the pupil's mum to have her personal beliefs (in the same way that you obviously have yours). And to pass on these beliefs.

I'm also sure if you consult impartial information sources you will see that Christianity is not a "Xian death cult".

Christians place their belief, faith and hope in the historic and personal figure of Jesus Christ. If you haven't read about him you might want to consider his teachings. However, you may find that you will need to make a choice; and either dismiss him as a deluded megalomaniac or - as he said he was and is - God in human form. And if you judge him to be the latter, then you might wish to consider the things he said.

Because if what he said is true, there are consequence for us all.
Rosemary Cameron 23/02/2009 19:18
Thanks to Andrea for the further detail. It's very hard to know exactly what is going on in a case like this when the full text of the email is not in the public domain. If it was just a request for prayer with no additional details included then the reaction of the school does seem unreasonable however we don't know the full text and I wonder if some detail of the incident was included as that would be a normal thing to do. That could then be subject to differing interpretations. One thing is clear - if Mrs Cain had used the phone instead of email she would not now be in this situation. A warning for all of us to be careful who and what we email.

Regarding Keifer's comment, if a teacher 'setting a child right' results in that child going home in tears, something is not right, regardless of the particular issues involved.

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