Student Expelled for Expressing the Wrong Opinions
The 38-year-old student and father of four, Felix Ngole, has recently been expelled from his course of study by the University of Sheffield because of a Facebook post he shared which expressed his disagreement with same-sex “marriage”.
Mr. Ngole made the comments last September on his facebook page in relation to Kim Davis, the marriage clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue a marriage licence to a same-sex couple. He defended her freedom of conscience and in the course of discussion expressed his view of the Bible’s teaching on sexual ethics.
The comments were seen by another student at the university who subsequently complained to he university.
At a subsequent “Fitness to Practice Committee”, Mr. Ngole was told that he had been “excluded from further study on a programme leading to a professional qualification" and is "no longer recognised as a University student." Their reasoning: he “may have caused offence to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the Social Work profession.” They went on to say that his action would have has an effect on his “ability to carry out a role as a Social Worker.”
In short then Mr Ngole made a comment on his personal facebook page which expressed an opinion deemed inappropriate of someone preparing to enter into social work and his studies were terminated.
It seems that it is no longer enough to qualified to do your job or complete the course requirements – it is apparently equally as important that you think the “right” way and hold the “correct” opinions.
Mr. Ngole said he is “determined to challenge the decision because of its wider consequences and the huge issues of freedom of religion and freedom of expression that it raises.”
“My beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics reflect mainstream, biblical understanding, shared by millions around the world. Simply expressing that understanding, in a personal capacity, on my Facebook page, cannot be allowed to become a bar to serving and helping others in a professional capacity as a social worker.”
Additionally, Mr. Ngole also told the Guardian that he had worked with people in same-sex relationships in the past and there have been no issues.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre has pointed out that the university is completely undermining current human rights legislation: “the university has failed to protect his freedom of speech under Article 10 and his freedom of religion under Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Students are entitled to discuss and debate their own personal views on their own Facebook page.”
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