Not fit to be a social worker: Felix Ngole loses court appeal
The High Court has sided with the University of Sheffield who threw Felix Ngole out of his postgraduate course in social work.
The University said it was concerned his publicly expressed antipathy towards gay people could affect his work as a social worker.
Ngole appealed against the university’s decision with the help of the Christian Legal Centre, which can now add his case to its long list of failures. Last week it lost a case brought against the NHS by a sacked Christian magistrate Richard Page.
Ngole was axed from his course after using social media to rant against homosexuality. His view, the university concluded, made him unfit to be a social worker.
In April 2017, the 39-year-old was granted the right to take the case to the High Court.
Ngole’s barrister said:
The expression that homosexuality is a ‘sin’, or even use of the strong Biblical term of ‘abomination’, is a lawful religious expression.
The High Court ruled on Friday to uphold his removal from the University.
The Christian Legal Centre said:
The university’s treatment of Felix fundamentally violates its responsibilities under human rights legislation.
Representing Sheffield University, barrister Sarah Hannett said that Ngole had:
Posted comments on a publicly accessible Facebook page that were derogatory of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
The views expressed are likely to undermine the trust and confidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual clients are entitled to have in his professional role as a social worker (and in the social work profession more widely).
Lawyers from the University highlighted that Ngole was studying for a qualification in social work and that the University had to take his “fitness to practice” into account.
Earlier this month Christian Concern posted this video:
Hat tip: Angela_K