UK Student Expelled Over Facebook Post Citing Biblical Law on Homosexuality Granted Judicial Review

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, U.K. — A student at a prominent university in the United Kingdom who was expelled over a post on his personal Facebook page that outlined the biblical stance on homosexuality has been granted the right to challenge his expulsion in court.

Deputy High Court Judge James Lewis opined on Wednesday that Felix Ngole’s expulsion from the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire might have been too severe of a reaction. He gave the student permission to bring his case before the High Court in London for formal review.

As previously reported, in September 2015, Ngole, 39, had posted on his private Facebook page—which is only able to be viewed by his friends—his support for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and outlined what the Scriptures state about sexuality, citing the biblical law in Leviticus.

However, nearly two months later, Ngole’s post was brought to the attention of administrators at the University of Sheffield, which touts itself as a “world top-100 university and number one in the U.K. for student satisfaction in the 2014-15 Times Higher Student Experience Survey.”

Ngole, who was a second-year Master’s student studying to be a social worker, then became the subject of a “Fitness to Practice” hearing, as he was advised that he “may have caused offense to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”

Following additional meetings, the Sheffield committee concluded that Ngole’s beliefs would negatively affect his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker,” and was consequently advised that he was “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.” The school recently informed Ngole that he is “no longer recognized as a university student.”

“Your student record will be terminated shortly and your library membership and university computer account withdrawn. You may wish to contact your funding body for advice on your financial position,” it wrote.

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Ngole appealed the decision, but last April, he received a letter from the appeals office at the University of Sheffield stating that his post was “inappropriate” in light of the professional conduct standards outlined in the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC).

It was additionally asserted that Ngole had not “offered any insight or reflection” on the “potential impact” that his comment might have had on his Facebook friends, or how it would reflect on the social work profession.

With the assistance of the Christian Legal Centre, Ngole took the matter to the Royal Courts of Justice.

“We are pleased that the judge has granted permission to judicially review the university’s decision,” said Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre. “This case has wide-reaching ramifications for the freedom of Christians, and we will continue to fight with Felix to ensure that these freedoms are upheld.”

“Felix has worked with people who identify as homosexual, treating them with respect and kindness. What he shared on his Facebook page simply reflects biblical teaching on sexual behavior,” she outlined. “Unless he wins this case he will be forever barred from social work. Felix is entitled to express his views, especially ones shared by millions of people around the world.”


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  • InTheChurch

    As a former social worker, I have prayed with my clients. I have shared Scriptures with clients. I have invited clients to church, not mine but to attend a church. My belief helped the client. Clients are asking for help. We provide physical, emotional and spiritual help.
    I hope he wins and he is allowed to do real social work; to help the client in all areas of their lives, that includes spiritual.

    • Amos Moses

      Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sstephaniew stephanie wilson

        dude, he wasn’t condemning a person, just quoting scripture. what is your point??

        • Amos Moses

          that the scriptures agree with what he said and does ….. is that an issue for you …..

      • rottenrollin

        Ecclesiastes….the wise leams to the right, the fool to the left.

        • Amos Moses

          probably …. but do you have a more specific reference …………..

          • rottenrollin

            Ecclesiastes 10:2……… The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.

            I interpret things my way, and the Bible is a gift of prophecy.

          • Amos Moses

            thnx

    • http://www.facebook.com/sstephaniew stephanie wilson

      i have depression. i wish you were my therapist. you sound wonderful!

      • InTheChurch

        Are you being sarcastic? This is not a funny matter.

    • rottenrollin

      The Lefties are coming to arrest you tomorrow.

      Get ready for room 101.

      • InTheChurch

        Here I am. I will lay hands on them and they will feel the power of God. 😉

  • Toro Keng

    So…..? Christians cannot be a social worker?

    It’s on Facebook though. A social network for friends and family. Not that he said it infront of clients….

    Weird counsel decision.

    Come Ireland, I have lots of Christian friend who worked in social field.

  • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

    The only good English people left … are black.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      The Western whites put the colored and the depraved together and rant equality; that’s the problem. Western whites should differenciate skin colors and sexual sins.

    • rottenrollin

      Blather much, do you?

      • http://www.gmail.com/ David van Heerden

        Bite much, I do.

        • rottenrollin

          Honest, give you that.

  • Steven

    What he shared on his Facebook page simply reflects biblical teaching on sexual behavior,”

    John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So Christian whites are not singled out for persecutions in the West. There should be fairness among races if the secular Western whites are determined to persecute the Christians for opposing the homosexual depravity. UK needs the truth and freedom. So sad that UK and USA are turning into some villain nations this century. If one cannot oppose the West’s homosexual depravity, such society is a Sodom and has no liberty. The English will have to ban the Holy Bible and Christianity this century to create their Sodomic dystopia. God forbid such evil.

  • Helga miller

    May God Bless you, Felix and Family and may you come out of this vindicated! You are a truly caring man and not just paying lip service like the Liberals spout every day! What has the great Country of England come to?

  • rottenrollin

    So, are the Lefties after our free speech OR WHAT?

    • Chris

      Since when is Facebook a leftie business?

      • rottenrollin

        Pay attention, Chris:

        Since Zuckerberg.

        • Chris

          “In December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan
          announced that over the course of their lives they would give the
          majority of their wealth to “advancing human potential and promoting
          equality” in the spirit of The Giving Pledge.[9]
          On December 1, 2015, they announced they would eventually give 99
          percent of their Facebook shares (worth about US$45 billion at the time)
          to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.”

          Sounds a very Christian thing to do as well.

          • rottenrollin

            One man’s “advancing human potential and promoting equality” is another man’s Big Brother.

          • Chris

            So helping people out of poverty, giving them access to the internet to advance their education are attempts at attempting to set up a dictatorial government? How?

          • rottenrollin

            Like most all things, it all depends………if you’re actually helping them or just enabling them, whether you are helping them with given money or with stolen money and so on.

            The Left is afflicted by good intentions that have unintended consequences……usually a case of the cure being worse than the illness.

            Dictatorial Gov? That’s what lefties want, witness NYT/Patriots, Berkeley,
            you speak when you’re spoken to AND say what we want to hear, the Leftie creed.

            They haven’t been able to control the Second because of the First, so they are destroying the First so it cannot protect the Second.

            Also, I would like to help who I would like to help (AND I DO), not who you want me to help. See stolen money above). You help the ones you want to help, and I won’t spite you for it, ok?

          • Chris

            “The Left is afflicted by good intentions that have unintended
            consequences……usually a case of the cure being worse than the
            illness.”

            Where as the right doesn’t have that trouble. They just want to look after their rich mates and make life as tough for the poor as possible. See I can generalise too.

          • rottenrollin

            Yeah, I see where Obama’s gone to Wall Street for a personal dose of poverty.

            Dimmercrat. Thy name is hypocrisy.

          • Chris

            When has Obama been against wealth?

          • rottenrollin

            Say what?

            Obamas a good socialist, he’s all for his own wealth, but wants to redistribute the rest.

            Even the Dimmercrats are calling him in it.

          • Chris

            One man’s “protecting Christian religious liberty” is another man’s theocracy.

          • rottenrollin

            One man’s theocracy is another man’s leftwing dementia.

            But the Left is still scared silly of Jesus, so they think to minimize and remove him. Rather Marxist, eh?

            Of course, the Left literally threw God under the bus at the DNC Conventio, then backed up and ran over Him a few times.

            Got news for you………God didn’t even feel it.

            But man did.

          • Chris

            “But the Left is still scared silly of Jesus, so they think to minimize and remove him. Rather Marxist, eh?”

            You’ll have to explain that to Barry Lynn. He’s a minister. He doesn’t know he’s supposed to be scared of Jesus.

            “Of course, the Left literally threw God under the bus at the DNC Convention, then backed up and ran over Him a few times.”

            Really? They did that to an all-powerful God? That’s prettyincredible.

            “Got news for you………God didn’t even feel it. But man did.”

            I got news for you. You’re opinions of what God did or didn’t feel and how God did or didn’t react are just that – opinions.

          • rottenrollin

            Got news for you. Everything you say is just that….opinion.

          • Chris

            Oh and by the way, if something meets the conditions of a theocracy it’s a theocracy. If fundie Christian groups like the Dominionists arise saying they want a theocracy then they want a theocracy.

          • rottenrollin

            Did I say left-wing dementia? You sound further along than that.

          • Chris

            I’ve been respectful up to now. Since you’re resorting to abuse you obviously have nothing of any use to add to the discussion. see ya.

          • rottenrollin

            East is East and West is West, and ne’er the Twain shall meet.

            See ya.

        • Chris

          Oh and you might want to consider this “Zuckerberg has never revealed his own political views: some consider him a conservative, while others consider him liberal.”

          • rottenrollin

            Oh. Did you hear? Zuck is lwttinf his employees have the day off if they want to go celebrate Socialist Day… ..

            And he’s trying to insist other companies who do business with him do the same.

            Bet you good money he doesn’t do that for conservative causes?

  • Franie

    Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13….Forbidden relationships
    Judges 19:22-24….Example of homosexual conduct
    1 Kings 15:12, 14:24….Eradication of deviates
    Romans 1:24-27….Unnatural passion and desire
    1 Corinthians 6:9-10….Homosexual activity condemned

  • James Bryson

    Moral cowardice and denial of the faith that created western civilization. Shameful.