Devout Christian Felix Ngole | Picture: Facebook
A devout Christian student who wrote that homosexuality is a ‘wicked act’ that God ‘hates’ has won an appeal against the decision to expel him from a UK university.
University of Sheffield management expelled Felix Ngole, 40, in 2015 after complaints over his online comments about queer people.
While the university dubbed the comments ‘inappropriate for someone entering the social work profession,’ the Court of Appeals sided with Ngole on 3 July, it has emerged.
The university removed Ngole from his postgraduate social work course in 2016. This was after an anonymous tipper alerted the college about his comments.
The student made comments on Facebook saying ‘homosexuality is a sin.’
Moreover, he also said ‘the devil has hijacked the constitution of the USA.’
He also commented: ‘It is a wicked act and God hates the act; God hates sin and not man.’
Ngole made the comments during a debate on Facebook about Kim Davis. The state official in the Kentucky refused to register same-sex marriages, judges heard.
As a result, staff held a fitness to practise hearing, and the college concluded to remove Ngole.
He said he had been expressing a traditional Christian view that ‘the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin.’
Although he unsuccessfully appealed the decision multiple times, Court of Appeal judges overturned the rulings. They concluded that university bosses must reconsider Ngole’s case.
Justices: Ngole can’t discriminate as the Bible ‘prohibits’ it
Lord Justice Irwin, Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Sir Jack Beatson analysed Ngole’s appeal in London in March.
The three ruled in his favor last week.
They jointly affirmed that Ngole ‘was not likely to’ discriminate against gay people, ‘because, as he explained, the Bible prohibited him from discriminating against anybody.’
Justices said ‘the disciplinary proceedings were flawed and unfair’ and that Ngole’s case should be heard by another FtP hearing, according to BBC News.
A university spokesperson told the BBC it supported the rights of students to ‘hold and debate a wide range of views and beliefs.’
‘However, for students studying on courses that lead to professional registration, we have a responsibility to look at how any concerns raised could impact a student’s fitness to practise once registered.
On a public statement on his Facebook profile, Ngole concluded this his case, backed by anti-LGBTI lobbying group Christian Concern, will ‘surely turn the tide.’