A Methodist Bible school in Britain fired a Christian theologian and threatened to report him as a terrorist for his anti-homosexual tweets, his lawyers claimed.
dr Aaron Edwards, who taught theology at Cliff College in Derbyshire, England, has been dismissed from school after being accused on social media last month of “bringing the college into disrepute”.
“Homosexuality is invading the church,” Edwards tweeted on Feb. 19. “Evangelicals don’t see the gravity of it anymore [because] They’re busy apologizing for their seemingly barbaric homophobia, whether it’s true or not.
“This *is* a ‘gospel edition,’ by the way. When sin is no longer sin, we no longer need a Savior,” Edwards added.
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Edwards’ tweet went viral and sparked backlash, to which Edwards replied, “That *is* the conservative view. Accepting homosexuality as ‘not sinful’ *is* an intrusion into the church, doctrinally. This is not disputed. Acceptance is controversial. Most of the world church would agree. It is not homophobic to make homosexuality sinful.”
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“I have expressed the conservative view as a doctrinal problem regarding the implications for sin/gospel. It wasn’t an attack on individuals, it was directed at evangelicals. It seems that the view that homosexuality is sinful is only welcome when it is left ‘unspoken,'” he added.
Edwards’ tweets reportedly caused “distress” among members of the United Kingdom’s Methodist Church, with a senior official saying they could be “extremely damaging” and “impairing the college’s core work” and “business plan,” according to Edwards’ legal counsel on London based Christian Legal Centre.
Edwards was suspended from school pending an inquiry, and the college said during a disciplinary hearing on March 8 that it was considering referring him to Prevent, which monitors terrorism allegations in the UK
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Edwards was reportedly asked during the hearing what he would do if asked to pray with a student about her same-sex attraction, which he says was an attempt to get him to validate the “conversion therapy” that the debated as criminalizing by the UK Parliament.
“The response to my tweet and the unfair treatment I have received from Cliff College and the United Kingdom Methodist Church fully illustrate the issue my tweet raised,” Edwards said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital became.
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“The tweet was not defamatory; it was not an attack on a colleague or an individual; he wasn’t offensive; and it was not an extremist religious view. It was addressed as a teaching point to evangelicals and has been misunderstood by many who wish to create personal and institutional problems for those who hold this view,” he continued.
Edwards added that traditional Christian beliefs about sexuality would be “silenced and eradicated” in the Methodist Church.
With the help of the Christian Legal Centre, Edwards is evaluating his legal options against Cliff College for possible discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. He claims the disciplinary process lacked “necessary fairness” and that the investigation was biased and fraught with “staggering” imbalances, exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Cliff College has not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment as of the time of publication.
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The case of Edwards comes amid a growing rift among Methodists worldwide over the issue of same-sex marriage and gender. The United Methodist Church in the US has bled dry congregations in recent years, many of whom have joined the new conservative Global Methodist Church.
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