Hahahaha, all y’all happy-clappy Christians are going to have to learn to lean back! The funny thing is, I read this story and the whole scenario played out in front of me: an African Christian cannot comprehend a situation where preaching – the gospel, no less! – could be unwanted or unwelcome.
It is the same illness that plagues the preachers on the bus; the people who condemn you to hell and back at 5am in the morning with their infernal megaphones; the Muslims who will behead you without a second’s thought because you have a problem with them doing their ablutions in front of your shop.
Sister Sarah Kuteh – a nurse with 15 years experience, mostly in intensive care – lost her job for discussing religion with patients who complained to Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.
Mrs Kuteh claims she believed she was helping patients – who were happy to discuss their beliefs. She said the question about religious leanings was part of a questionnaire she was required to complete as part of her job.
The NHS Trust on the other hand, says the discussions were “unwanted” and several people complained Mrs Kuteh had discussed religion with them.
Furthermore it claims she had failed to heed warnings to stop, it reported.
Indeed, during an investigation this summer, it emerged that one patient had complained the nurse had given her a Bible she did not want and had said she would pray for her. Another allegedly said she had felt uncomfortable that Mrs Kuteh was “preaching” at her.
You’ve been a UK nurse for fifteen years and do not know that the British are the leaders of understatement? That they will say something while meaning something else? And make you lose your job while they’re at it? Learner.
I have listened to her and she seems pretty switched on and empathetic; certainly she meant no harm:
But these type of people never do mean any harm. They believe they are acting in the best interest of the recipient of The Good News.
I don’t know what to tell you, lady. I hope you get your job back. Being unemployed in this country is not akamu and beans at all. And should you be successful, I hope you learn the difference between a career and a creed. Because it would seem the conferrers of the faith would appreciate it if you kept their gift to yourself.
Oyinbo do not play that blurring of lines between professionalism and faith. It is only in Africa that you will doze off at your desk due to staying up all night at night vigil and still get patted on the back.
Be about your paper. Always.
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