Christian woman suspended from work for sharing her faith with a Muslim co-worker
By Marvin Schrebe
A Christian woman was suspended for 9 months for sharing her faith with a Muslim co-worker. Victoria Wasteney was suspended for nine months after a fellow worker who was a Muslim filed an eight page complaint against her for talking to her about Christianity, inviting her to attend a church service, giving her a Christian book, and praying for her.
Wasteney, the former head of Forensic Occupational Health at a hospital in East London said that the court's ruling makes it difficult for Christians to know when answering basic questions and engaging in conversations with non-believers about the Christian faith would jeopardize one’s job there.
Wasteney’s Muslim co-worker said that she touched her knee while praying for her and that Wasteney was inappropriate in sharing her faith. The battle continues to play out in court. The story goes that Wasteney and Enya Namaz developed a relationship while working in the forensic occupational therapy department at a London hospital. Over time Wasteney and Namaz began to discuss differences in their religions. As the relationship continued, Wasteney gave Namaz a copy of the book, “I Dared Call Him Father”, a book about a Muslim who converted to Christianity. Wasteney then offered to pray for Namaz who was having health problems. Wasteney told the Daily Mail, “I put my hand on her knee to comfort her and asked if that was okay, and said “Would you like me to pray for you? She said yes, so I asked God to bring peace and healing. She left the office afterwards and said she was okay.”
The East London National Health Service suspended Wasteney after reviewing the complaint and Wasteney has been battling it in court ever since. Judge Jennifer Eady ruled against her in April 2016. Wasteney said, “What the court clearly failed to do was say how, in today’s politically correct world, any Christian can even enter into a conversation with a fellow employee on the subject of religion, and not, potentially, later end up in an employment tribunal.”
Wasteney filed an appeal against the ruling by Eady but the appeal was denied last Thursday and the battle continues. Wasteney posted a video online in which she said she hoped Thursday’s denial would allow her to settle the matter in an appeals court.
Photo: Victoria Wasteney was suspended from work for sharing her Christian faith with a Muslim friend in East London