A postgraduate student at a UK university has apparently been expelled for calling gay people an “abomination” on Facebook. While that might seem a tad extreme at first glance, there is something important to consider: he would have been entering the social work profession after his degree.
This was made clear to the student, one Felix Ngole, when he was told to leave his second year Masters course in social work, because he had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession”.
The post which caused all the trouble was when Ngole cited that old favourite from Leviticus in support of Kim Davis, who needs no introduction in these parts.
The original post reads: “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 is currently trying to appeal the decision.
He spoke about the issue with Christian Radio, saying: “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. 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?”
He is arguing that it is unfair for the university to rule on his potential career because of posts on his social media.
When speaking to The Guardian, Ngole said: “I have worked with people in same-sex relationships in the past and there has been no issue whatsoever.”
Ngole currently has the support of the Christian Legal Centre, who is claiming that the university violated Ngole’s freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
A spokesperson from the University of Sheffield had this to say on the subject: “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.”