According to the BBC, a woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was accused of falsifying documents. A tribunal found Meseret Kumulchew had been discriminated against after making mistakes due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time. She was given lesser duties at her branch in London and told to retrain, which left her feeling suicidal.
Is it too much to ask that the Church of England should be subject to the law that has protected this woman from the ignorance and bigotry of her employer? When I was ready to return to work following a long period of severe mental illness, I asked for a stepped return to work and was refused it on the spot. In fact I was told I would have to resign as there is no way a person who has suffered from depression should be allowed to be a parish priest. The bishop was able to discriminate against me in such a cruel and cavalier fashion because the Church of England is exempt from much employment law to allow them to legally discriminate against gay people and (formerly) women.
In my opinion the bishops of the Church of England in their refusal to offer me an apology and my ministry back are bringing Christianity into disrepute. They are treating the disabled with less compassion than secular employers which, when you consider the love Jesus had for the disabled and his willingness to help them, is ironic and tragic.