Shirley Chaplin – Removed from front line nursing after 38 years for wanting to wear the cross she had worn since her confirmation; Shirley’s case is now going to the European Court of Human Rights (2011): “I was asked to choose between my faith and work. I am not ashamed of my faith. No-one in 21st century Britain should be asked to make that choice. When pressurised to do so I chose to stand up for Jesus.”
Gary McFarlane – Sacked as a Relate Counsellor for indicating that he might have a conscientious objection to giving sex therapy to homosexual couples; Gary’s case is also now proceeding to the European Court of Human Rights: “Not Ashamed is a very good idea. There comes a stage when you just have to nail your colours to the mast in your Christian faith. If we are going to be salt and light – light is very visible and salt is head and shoulders above all other flavours. Jesus said if you will acknowledge me before men I will acknowledge you before my Father in heaven. And this is part of my personal witness.”
Eunice and Owen Johns – Fostering application halted as a result of expression of biblical views on sexual ethics.
Richard Scott – Faces professional sanction for talking about Jesus with a patient’s permission following a medical consultation.
Colin Atkinson – Faced disciplinary action from Wakefield Housing Association for continuing to display the Palm Cross that he had hung in his van for the past fifteen years.
Olive Jones – Maths Teacher sacked for offering prayer to a sick child (2010): “If you are a Christian you have to be a Christian 100% of the time not just in Church. You have to be a Christian wherever you go and share the Good News of Jesus Christ because He is a good God and He wants the best for everyone. He has given everyone gifts to be used for His glory. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. God wants everyone to have eternal life and to live life to the fullest. God desire is to set people free emotionally, physically and spiritually. He wants to make people whole.”
Sheila Matthews – Senior Paediatrician, dismissed from Adoption Panel for holding biblical views on the best way to raise a child (2009): “If the Christian faith is true and if He died for me then I have no option but to live my life for Him. If it is not true then I am wasting my time. I am staking my life on this being true and if it’s true then half- hearted measures are not appropriate. If Jesus Christ be God and died for me then than I am compelled to follow Him. I am not ashamed. As God is the final Judge then He is the one I answer to in how I live my life.”
Lydia Playfoot – Punished at school for wearing her ‘silver ring’ as a sign of her commitment to biblical teaching on saving sex until marriage. (2006): “Young people are looking for purpose and direction and for something being very real to them. I am not ashamed because Jesus gives me all of this. I know Jesus is by my side all the time for the rest of my life but in today’s world I feel it may become increasingly difficult for us to step out and declare our faith.”
Andrew McClintock – Experienced Magistrate, lost position on panel for holding biblical views on the best way to raise a child.
Caroline Petrie – Suspended from nursing duties for offering to pray for a sick patient.
Eunice and Owen Johns