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A teacher was encouraged to share his Christian beliefs at a seminar – then dismissed for 'hate speech'.
Ben Dybowski, 55, was urged to give his views during a training course delivered by a Left-wing charity to reduce 'unconscious bias' among teachers.
During the 'diversity and inclusion' discussion about how to avoid offending pupils, teaching assistant Mr Dybowski challenged the group over whether his Christian beliefs were considered discriminatory.
He told them that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman, that life began at conception and that he was opposed to some aspects of sharia law such as the stoning of men for homosexuality.
Next morning he said he was summoned before headmaster Marc Belli, then ejected from The Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales school, near Cardiff.
He said this was despite Mr Belli saying privately he shared many of the same Christian values.
Ben Dybowski, 55, was urged to give his views during a training course delivered by a Left-wing charity to reduce 'unconscious bias' among teachers
Last night, Mr Dybowski called his dismissal an attack on Christianity and 'an affront to freedom of speech and freedom of thought'.
He said of the seminar: 'We were told it was a safe space and encouraged to speak freely.'
Grandfather Mr Dybowski, who has taught for two decades, insists he never discussed his views with pupils and was always respectful of those with different opinions. The mandatory seminar was run by Diverse Cymru, which trains teachers on 'workforce diversity practice', 'unconscious bias' and 'trans, gender identity and gender expression awareness'.
It was given by policy manager Ele Hicks who describes herself as a 'bisexual activist and change champion' and is involved with the controversial charity Stonewall. More than 80 staff attended the event in the school's main assembly hall, but no pupils were present.
When the seminar was opened up to a question and answer session, Mr Dybowski asked whether his Christian beliefs – that