Long Eaton school reports chaplain to terrorist watchdog for LGBT sermon

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05/10/2021

A Christian school in Long Eaton reported its chaplain to the Government’s anti-terror watchdog after he suggested his students should ‘make up their own minds’ on LGBT teachings. Reverend Dr Bernard Randall, 48, had been working as the chaplain at Trent College when he was reported to ‘Prevent’, a programme which seeks to prevent people from being radicalised. Rev Randall claims he was approached by students who suggested they had been confused and upset by the school’s new LGBT teaching proposals. His lawyers say he subsequently held a sermon in the school’s chapel, where he presented the Church of England’s biblical teachings on marriage and human nature, and said “children at the school were not compelled to ‘accept an ideology they disagree with’”. He then suggested students should debate and make up their own minds during the sermon in 2019. A week later his legal team says he was suspended and reported to the Government’s anti-terror watchdog. A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said: “The force received a referral from Trent College in July 2019 – in relation a member of staff. “Following a review of the information it was found that it did not meet the threshold for a Prevent referral and no further action was taken and no case was recorded on the force system. The college was informed of this decision.

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