A postgraduate student at a British university has been reportedly expelled after calling gay people an ‘abomination’ on Facebook.
Felix Ngole, 38, was told to leave his second year Masters course in social work after the university ruled he had ‘transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession’.
He had cited Leviticus to support Kim Davis, the US clerk, who refused to issue marriage certificates for same-sex couples in Kentucky two months ago. Another student then complained to the university.
‘If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death,’ Ngole said on Facebook.
Ngole is appealing the decision.
‘I wonder whether the university would have taken any action if a Muslim student who believes in Sharia law, with its teaching about women and homosexuality, had made moderate comments on his Facebook page,’ he told Christian Radio, claiming he is being discriminated against for expressing Christian beliefs.
‘If [people] are “censored” from even sharing their ideas or beliefs as part of a discussion on Facebook then how can [an exchange of opinion] happen?’
Ngole, who was a refugee who came to England from Cameroon in 2003, said it was unfair that the university to rule on his potential career on private social media postings. This is Ngole’s third degree.
‘I have worked with people in same-sex relationships in the past and there has been no issue whatsoever,’ he claimed, according to The Guardian.
The post-grad student is being backed by the Christian Legal Centre, who have previously worked with ‘gay cure’ group Core Issues Trust, who claims the university’s conduct has breached his freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
A spokesperson from the University of Sheffield said: ‘The University of Sheffield is concerned that stories in the media about a student undertaking a MA in Social Work are factually incorrect. The individual concerned is currently appealing the decision of a Fitness to Practise Committee, relating to professional registration and the standards of the relevant professional body.
‘These standards are nationally determined by the Health and Care Professions Council. As the case is subject to appeal, the University of Sheffield will not comment on this case at this time.’