Christian Postgraduate Student Expelled for Opposing Gay Marriage
Country: United Kingdom
Date of incident: February 27, 2016
Category: Government Restrictions / Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith / Morals
Area of case: Education / Governmental
A Sheffield University social work postgraduate student, Felix Ngole, was expelled from his course for posting on his Facebook page that homosexual activity is against the teaching of the Bible.Mr. Ngole, a Christian, quoted a biblical verse in support of his opinion about marriage and sexual ethics. This post, from his private Facebook account, was part of a discussion thread about gay marriage in which others expressed opinions on all sides of the debate.
Two months later, he was brought before a disciplinary board at the University after a fellow student reported the post. The "Fitness to Practise Committee" told him, after a hearing, that he had been "excluded from further study on a programme leading to a professional qualification" and was "no longer recognised as a University student." This was because, as a result of his Facebook comments, he "may have caused offence to some individuals" and "transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the Social Work profession."
He is appealing the decision, noting that his "beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics reflect mainstream, biblical understanding, shared by millions around the world."