Commenting on a court case involving Felix Ngole, a Christian student who was excluded from Sheffield University for being homophobic, Andrea Williams, above, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:
Felix’s case is another example of just how totalitarian the LGBT movement is. They cannot tolerate any whiff of dissent. They demand not just tolerance, but unanimous approval and celebration. Anything less is met with name-calling, vilification and punishment. This lobby is deeply illiberal and unkind. We can only pray for them.
The university’s decision is a fundamental violation of Felix’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. He was severely penalised for holding, manifesting and expressing views based on Christian beliefs … Sadly, Felix is another in a long line of Christians who have been pushed out of public service because of their Christian beliefs.
Ngole, according to this report, was removed from his social work course by a “Fitness to Practise” Committee after he articulated his Christian beliefs about sexual ethics and marriage during a Facebook discussion. With the help of the Christian Legal Centre, he challenged the ruling this week in the High Court.
It’s reported here that Deputy High Court judge Rowena Collins-Rice decided not to immediately deliver a decision following a two-day hearing in London but instead chose to make a reserved ruling. A decision could be days, or even weeks, away.
Ngole, above, from Barnsley claimed his human rights were breached when university bosses ejected him from a postgraduate social work course.
The online exchange, which took place in 2015, centred on a US state official Kentucky, Kim David, who refused to register same-sex marriages. During the Facebook discussion Ngole put forward his Christian beliefs on the issue and argued that:
Same sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.
Sheffield University then said it had to consider the 39-year-old’s “fitness to practise”. The institution said Mr Ngole:
Failed to show any insight into why his view may be problematic.
Representing Ngole, barrister Paul Diamond said his client expressed his views in a “polite and temperate way”, adding he is:
Entitled to express his religious views.
Ngole accused the university of “double standards”. He submitted evidence to the court that in December 2015 the university allowed an Islamic teacher, Fadel Soliman, to speak to a segregated student audience, and that during the presentation Soliman promoted his YouTube channel on which he sets out an Islamic case for domestic violence, sex slavery, and polygamy.
The university has defended its handling of the Islamic speaker’s visit.
Ngole’s barrister also submitted evidence that the committee was chaired by a prominent and long-standing LGBT campaigner, Professor Jacqueline Marsh, and that both she and the university failed to disclose her interest in the issue at any point during the proceedings.
The professor’s undisclosed conflict of interest makes the committee’s decision unsafe, Ngole said. He added that unless the decision is reversed and he is restored to his course, he will effectively be barred from serving society as a social worker
Commenting on his case, Ngole, said:
I was born in Cameroon, under a dictatorship, where free speech was heavily censored. I had always been led to believe that in the UK people could share their beliefs and opinions without fear of persecution from public authorities. Of all places, I would expect universities to be places for free exchange of ideas and debate. It is shocking that, as a student, I can be thrown out just for believing in the Bible.
I find it unbelievable that the person presiding over the disciplinary panel was a ‘proud’ Lesbian and a veteran LGBT activist, and that fact was never disclosed to me.
I am also amazed by how the university has handled the visit of the controversial Islamic speaker.
My case highlights the complicity of the liberal elite in this worrying movement. Instead of banning Christian students, universities should concern themselves with the increasing censorship of Christian belief and lack of religious literacy. Britain has led the world in education and is now in danger of becoming a laughing stock.
Hat tip: Angela_K