Face of the day

Christian nurse Victoria Wasteney, 37

Christian nurse Victoria Wasteney, 37

Today’s face of the day lost her job. Can you guess why?

A) For hurting a patient
B) For turning up late to work
C) For having an affair with a Doctor
D) For praying for a co-worker
E) For swearing at a patient.

Victoria Wasteney, 37 is a Christian. She has been suspended by the NHS because she prayed for an ill Muslim co-worker. She has been disciplined for alleged harrassment and bullying of Enya Nawaz 25, a Muslim.

So let me get this right. It is ok for Muslims to try to convert non-Muslims but it is not ok for a Christian to pray for a Muslim and talk to her about the values of another faith? If Muslims feel threatened by open and honest debate about religion then I suggest that their faith is not a very strong one.


Christian nurse, 37, says she was sacked for ‘harassment and bullying’ after PRAYING for a Muslim colleague

  • Christian nurse Victoria Wasteney, 37, prayed with her ill Muslim co-worker
  • She offered Enya Nawaz, 25, a shoulder to cry on when she was unwell
  • She also gave Miss Nawaz book about a Muslim who becomes a Christian
  • But Miss Nawaz complained her colleague had tried to convert her
  • Miss Wasteney was suspended for nine months and warned about her faith
  • Now she is taking the hospital to a tribunal over religious discrimination
  • Tomorrow Miss Wasteney will launch an employment tribunal against the NHS trust she works for, claiming her employers discriminated against her because of her religion.

Miss Wasteney told the Daily Mail: ‘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.’

Miss Wasteney, who describes herself as a born-again Christian, was working at the John Howard Centre, a secure psychiatric hospital in Homerton, East London.

She said she was always careful about discussing her religion at work because her managers had warned her it could ‘get you in trouble’.

Excuse me? Open and honest debate in a democratic country could get her in trouble? We can’t even talk about religion at work now? I bet you no one complains when a Muslim talks about religion at work, they would be too scared to say anything. Only last year a co-worker of a Muslim in America got her head cut off when he was unable to convert her. Remember that?

After Miss Nawaz joined the hospital as a newly qualified occupational therapist in 2012, the two women discussed Islam and Christianity, as well as work done by Miss Wasteney’s church to campaign against human trafficking.

Miss Wasteney said her colleague had ‘definitely initiated’ the conversations, before she invited Miss Nawaz to attend church events linked to the anti-trafficking work.

She said Miss Nawaz had then come to her in tears because she was upset about health problems. Miss Wasteney said: ‘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 said yes, so I asked for God to bring peace and healing. She left the office afterwards and said she was okay.’ Miss Wasteney also gave Miss Nawaz a book, I Dared to Call Him Father, about a Muslim woman who converts to Christianity, but denied it was an attempt to make Miss Nawaz convert.


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