Enoch Burke was jailed for contempt for coming to work despite a disciplinary suspension
Enoch Burke, an evangelical Christian teacher, has been jailed in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, Ireland, for contempt of court after he swore to continue disobeying a court injunction meant to keep him off campus pending the outcome of a disciplinary procedure. Burke spent his first night in jail in solitary confinement on Monday.
Judge Michael Quinn has sworn to keep Burke behind bars until he agrees to comply with the demands of Wilson Hospital School. However, Burke insisted it would violate his religious beliefs and admitted that if he wasn’t jailed, he would start showing up for work every day again.
“I’m here today because I wouldn’t call a boy a girl“, he said, insisting that this was”in violation of my conscience.” Burke and other staff were told to speak to a male former student who wanted to change his name and use the pronouns “they” in May, but the teacher refused to do so, triggering a series of clashes that resulted in his suspension. last month with full pay.
Rather than stay home while disciplinary proceedings are completed, Burke continued to report to school, leading his employer to obtain a court injunction barring him from campus until Wednesday. . His continued disobedience ended with his arrest over the weekend.
Burke dismissed the suspension order against him as invalid and unfair, arguing that “gross misconduct” is required for such a sentence, when he had simply expressed his religious beliefs that “transgenderism” was contrary to the teaching of the Church.
“It is reprehensible that anyone’s religious beliefs could be considered grounds for misconduct or serious misconduct“, Burke said.
Contempt charges carry an indefinite prison sentence, which does not end until the person agrees to serve the contempt or the judge chooses to order the individual’s release. Burke, who represented himself in court, insists he doesn’t “purge my scorn by scorning my Christian beliefs” Where “go to school and bow down to something that I know is obviously wrong“, that is to say that his “the belief in man and woman is wrong.”
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