PRO-MARRIAGE SUPPORTER DISMISSED BY RED CROSS – REGISTER YOUR CONCERN
Dear Marriage supporter
We wish to make you aware of a shocking new case of someone who has been victimized for their belief in traditional marriage.
In August of this year, Bryan Barkley was dismissed from his volunteer role at the British Red Cross – all because he took a stand for marriage. C4M is backing Mr Barkley’s fight for justice.
Mr Barkley’s story featured in the Daily Mail.
For 18 years Mr Barkley worked on 84 cases helping to track down missing persons and reunite families torn apart by conflict. Earlier this year he was invited to attend the British Red Cross garden party at Buckingham Palace.
But on the very same day he was at the Palace representing them, the local Operations Director wrote to Mr Barkley calling him to a meeting to discuss whether his views on same-sex marriage were “in line” with their ‘neutral’ position.
The meeting took place because in March of this year, on the day the first same-sex marriages took place, Mr Barkley held up a sign outside Wakefield Cathedral with the words “No Same Sex Marriage”.
The outcome of the meeting was that his opportunity to volunteer with the Red Cross was withdrawn on the grounds that Mr Barkley’s position was not “compatible” with the movement’s fundamental principles and values.
The dismissal was stated to be “permanent and with immediate effect” although he would have the right to appeal. The date for an appeal is yet to be set, despite being requested almost a month ago.
C4M is supporting Bryan Barkley, as it has others attacked for standing up for their beliefs about marriage. People should not feel pressurised to go along with same-sex marriage just because of misguided political ‘correctness’. They should be free peacefully to express their views, as Mr Barkley did.
Of course the Red Cross does good work, but in this case they have lost all sight of basic personal freedom. They can’t make people believe what they don’t believe.
The Red Cross mustn’t be allowed to sack volunteers or staff just because they believe in traditional marriage. Ask them to change their mind.
Please contact Mike Adamson, the CEO of the British Red Cross to register your concerns at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone: 0844 871 11 11 (main office number); lines are open between 9am and 5.30pm
or write to: British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL
Express your disappointment that a respected institution such as the Red Cross should show such intolerance towards its volunteers.
Ask if it is now official Red Cross policy to dismiss staff or volunteers who believe in traditional marriage. Voice your support for Bryan Barkley and ask the Red Cross to reinstate him as a volunteer.
Coalition for Marriage