Christian Student Who Was Expelled From His University After Posting Bible Verses Against Homosexuality Loses Appeal


The Christian student who was expelled from university for quoting the Bible on homosexuality has lost his appeal on the decision.

Felix Ngole, aged 38 and married with four children, was asked to leave the University of Sheffield after he wrote a post on Facebook opposing gay marriage and quoting the Bible. He was in the second year of a Masters in social work.

He was removed from the course after a Fitness to Practise Committee decided his post could have “caused offence” to some people. He quoted a passage from Leviticus on homosexuality and expressed support for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences.

Ngole decided to apeal the decision after he was told that he was “excluded from further study on a programme leading to a professional qualification” and is “no longer recognised as a University student”.

He was told that by posting his comments on Facebook, the committee believed that he “may have caused offence to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the Social Work profession.”

His action would have an effect on his “ability to carry out a role as a Social Worker,” the committee said.

Ngole appealed on the basis that it should be left to the social workers’ professional body to decide who is a fit and proper person to become a social worker.

He has now learned from the appeals office that the social media post was “inappropriate” in light of the professional conduct outlined in the Health and Care Professions Councils. In a letter, the appeals office also said Ngole had not “offered any insight or reflection” on the potential impact of his postings, or on how the social work profession might be perceived by the public based on what he had posted. For this reason, the committee ruled that his expulsion was “proportionate”.

Mr Ngole said: “Like every other student at university I use social media to communicate and express personal views. In my Facebook posts in question, I simply expressed support for the biblical view of marriage and sexuality.

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SOURCE: Christian Today, Ruth Gledhill