A British teacher who told teens being gay is disgusting has had his classroom ban upheld in the High Court.
A judge rejected an appeal by science teacher Robert Haye against his indefinite ban.
Speaking to a class of students aged 15 and 16, he said the way gay people lived was ‘disgusting’ and a sin.
After the 43-year-old made his comments to a school in south-east London, a teaching assistant complained and triggered an investigation.
He was sacked and banned from teaching at any school or college by the Education Secretary.
Justice King rejected his appeal, saying the ban was justified due to Haye showing a lack of insight and was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
In court, Haye said his teaching career was over because he was not prepared to give up his religious beliefs in order to teach again.
He is allowed to apply to return to teach after two years.
As reported by the BBC, Haye said: ‘I will not recant my beliefs. God comes first.
‘Christians are now being persecuted in this country for believing in the Bible.
‘That cannot be. We have a right to believe and express what we believe, but people are now afraid of being punished for not being politically correct.’
King said the appeal was ‘misconceived and must fail’.
‘This case is not about the right of a teacher to hold sincerely-held beliefs based on the Bible in relation to homosexuality,’ he said.
‘It has been about how those beliefs and views are manifested in the context of teaching in schools with young people with diverse sexuality, backgrounds and beliefs.’