LONDON: A Christian nurse fired over praying for her Muslim colleague.
According to details, Miss. Victoria Wasteney, a 37-year-old Christian nurse was sacked from her job after she prayed for her Muslim colleague. Victoria was working as a senior occupational health therapist at the John Howard Centre, a psychiatric hospital in Homerton, East London.
As reported by Daily Mail, Victoria Wasteney, a Christian health worker was accused by 25-year-old, Enya Nawaz that she tried to convert her to Christianity. Victoria’s managers, according to her had warned her it could ‘get you in trouble’. For this reason she says, she has been she was always careful about discussing her religion at work
Then again, Miss Victoria Wasteney said, “I’m not anti-Muslim and I’m always very mindful to be sensitive to other people’s beliefs. We discussed our beliefs but I certainly didn’t tell her that my way was the only way. I don’t even believe it’s possible to force someone to convert.”
“But the way it was all handled left me looking like a religious nutcase and I would like an acknowledgement that there is a negative attitude towards Christianity in some areas of the public sector,” she added.
Enya Nawaz joined the hospital as a qualified occupational therapist in 2012. Since her joining, Enya and Victoria had been engaged in discussing Islam and Christianity, in addition to the campaign launched by Victoria’s church against human trafficking.
Victoria maintains that her colleague Enya was the one who initiated’ the conversations, earlier than she invited Enya to attend church events linked to the campaign against trafficking.
Moreover, she said that Enya was upset about health problems. “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 added.
“She said yes, so I asked for God to bring peace and healing. She left the office afterwards and said she was okay,” and I gave her a book, “I Dared to Call Him Father,” which was about a Muslim woman who converts to Christianity, but it was not an attempt to make Miss Nawaz convert,” she explained.
Victoria said she was greatly shocked to discover that her junior Enya Nawaz had made a formal complaint against her. As a result, the East London NHS Foundation Trust investigated Enya Nawaz’s eight-page complaint. Moreover, Victoria Wasteney was suspended on full pay for nine months whilst the investigation was being carried out by the Trust.
Subsequent to the investigations, the disciplinary hearing acquitted her of some of the allegations nevertheless, upheld three complaints related to the book, the invitation to church events and Victoria’s offer to pray for Enya.