Posted by: the watchmen | February 3, 2009

Vile persecution of Christian nurse.

Christians haven’t got a prayer in ‘diversity’ Britain…
Nurse Caroline Petrie has been suspended and could even be struck off. What was her offence? Did she turn up drunk? Did she dispense the wrong medicine or forget to empty a bedpan? Was she knocking out prescription drugs to the local pusher?
Perhaps she was guilty of neglect, of deliberate cruelty, or of practising a bit of freelance euthanasia.
No. Her ‘crime’ was to offer to say a prayer for one old lady on the ward. It’s what we used to call an act of Christian charity.
But that was enough to bring her to the attention of the ‘diversity’ nazis at the North Somerset Primary Care Trust.
Caroline Petrie was threatened with all sorts of disciplinary action – simply because she offered to say a prayer for a patient

The next day she got a call from her ‘co-ordinator’ telling her not to report for work and informing her that her disgraceful behaviour was the subject of a disciplinary hearing.
Mrs Petrie, a committed Christian since she was aged ten when her mother died of breast cancer, routinely offers to pray for her patients’ speedy recovery. Many of them find it a great comfort.
In this case, 79-year-old May Phippen said: thanks, but no thanks. No offence given or taken. But when Mrs Phippen mentioned it to another nurse, all hell broke loose.
Mrs Petrie had previously been warned about her conduct after she asked a male patient if he would like a prayer card. He thought nothing of it, but his ‘carer’ threw a wobbly and reported her to hospital authorities.

Administrator Alison Withers wrote to her: ‘As a nurse you are required to uphold the reputation of your profession. Your NMC (Nursing Midwifery Council) code states that “you must demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity”, and “you must not use your professional status to promote causes that are not related to health”.’
She didn’t explain how innocently volunteering to pray for a patient brought the game into disrepute or how it compromised Mrs Petrie’s discharge of her professional duties.
If I was in hospital, I’d be flattered if someone wanted to pray for my recovery. It wouldn’t matter to me what God they believed in.
As far as I’m concerned, they could draft in a Red Indian to perform a raindance at the end of my bed if it meant I got home sooner. I wouldn’t care less about my nurse’s religious belief, provided it didn’t involve blood-letting and human sacrifice.


The power of prayer has long been acknowledged as part of the healing process. That’s why hospitals have chaplains and there are Bibles in bedside cabinets.
All over the world, nuns double as nurses. So what is so heinous about Mrs Petrie praying for her patients?
The truth is that Christianity forms no part of the ‘diversity’ agenda.
As I wrote on Friday, in relation to the gay adoption scandal in Edinburgh, the only religion that official Britain recognises is ‘diversity’ itself. The NHS, like every single one of our institutions, long ago fell to the Guardianistas, who pursue their agenda with a deranged zeal.
While they genuflect to Islam and ‘respect’ every oddball religion from paganism to devil-worship, they despise Britain’s Judeo-Christian tradition and use every extent of their powers to crush it. It’s only Christianity which is singled out for such vilification, as with the airport worker suspended for wearing a crucifix and the devout Christian registrar threatened with the sack for refusing to perform homosexual marriages.
Would you object to a nurse offering to pray for you?
Close All polls Click to view yesterday’s poll results Just imagine how they would have reacted had Mrs Petrie been a Muslim offering to pray to Allah for a patient’s recovery. Anyone who objected would be accused of a ‘hate crime’ and dumped in a skip at the back of the mortuary.
What’s really chilling about this case is that neither of the patients complained. It was only when news reached the ears of another nurse and a ‘carer’ that the full inquisition swung into action.
What kind of sick society have we become where self-righteous sneaks can ruin someone’s career?
That this happened in North Somerset and not in one of the barmier inner-city boroughs only serves to illustrate the depths to which the Guardianistas have insinuated themselves into the system.
This is what the small print at the bottom of all those public sector job adverts means in reality. ‘Diversity’ is just another way of persecuting decent people trying to go about their daily business. This is ‘investing in diversity’ in action. What else do you think all those equality managers do all day?
The most intolerant people in Britain are always those who preach ‘tolerance’ most loudly.
How does victimising Mrs Petrie square with not promoting ’causes that are not related to health’? Isn’t that exactly what the hospital authorities themselves are doing?
Why should Mrs Petrie, or anyone else, have to ‘demonstrate a personal commitment to equality and diversity’? She can harbour whatever beliefs she likes, provided it doesn’t interfere with her professionalism.
There’s only one word to describe hatchet-faced harridans like administrator Alison Withers and the tell-tale creeps trying to get a dedicated nurse such as Caroline Petrie sacked for dispensing a little Christian kindness.


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