Christian student Felix Ngole
University of Sheffield student Felix Ngole fought his expulsion for years in the courts. An appeals court just granted him the right to a new hearing.

A Christian student expelled for sharing his views on homosexuality won an appeal in his ongoing battle with the University of Sheffield.

The university booted social work student Felix Ngole from his master’s course in 2015 after he voiced his sympathy for then-Kentucky-county-clerk Kim Davis. Davis refused to grant marriage licenses because of her religious objection the legalization of same-sex marriage. “Same-sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not” Ngole wrote on Facebook, adding that “man’s sentiments would not change [God’s] words.”

A 2017 High Court decision upheld the university’s right to expel him after the university deemed his views on gays and lesbians derogatory. But now, a three-justice appeal panel sided unanimously with the 41-year-old student, granting him a new hearing.

Judgment Day

In their recent judgment, the three-judge appeals panel said that the Health and Care Professions Council does not prohibit the use of social media to share personal views and opinions. However, it does say that the school might have to take action ‘if the comments posted were offensive, for example, if they were racist or sexually explicit.’

The ruling stated: “In the present case, there was positive evidence to suggest that the Appellant had never discriminated on such grounds in the past and was not likely to do so in the future (because, as he explained, the Bible prohibited him from discriminating against anybody).”

When he was originally dismissed, Ngole accused the university of displaying a “double standard”. The university allowed a professor widely-known as an LGBT activist to chair the panel that removed him. Deputy High Court Judge Rowena Collins Rice eventually ruled in the university’s favor. She stated that they must look at religious speech “in a regulated context from the perspective of a public readership.”

But after hearing all the arguments, the Court of Appeals overturned the original ruling. They ordered a new hearing with a new panel – one that wouldn’t be “flawed and unfair to the Appellant”.

A Watershed Moment for Christians

Ngole insisted the ruling was “great news” for anyone who truly cares about freedom of speech. He said that God calls Christians “to care for and serve others, and publicly and privately we must be free to express our beliefs, especially when asked, without fear of losing our livelihoods.”

The appeals panel stressed that the university “wrongly confused the expression of religious views with the notion of discrimination.” That said, the court also found Ngole’s argument that the university “had no business” interfering with his right to express his religious views, and how he’d carry on “whatever the disciplinary consequences” to be equally untenable.

But the panel’s criticism of Ngole didn’t stop the Christian Legal Centre that represented Ngole from taking a victory lap, hailing the landmark decision as a “watershed case for Christians.” Said Christian Legal Centre CEO Andrea Williams: “Due to Felix’s sacrifice, Christians and others now know that it is their legal right to express Biblical views on social media or elsewhere without fear for their professional careers.”

Now, years later, Ngole will get a second hearing, where the school will determine if his religious beliefs will influence his care of LGBT individuals.

What do you think? Should Christians be able to express their views on gay marriage without fear of it impacting their career? Or could this decision further embolden those who hide behind religion to spread hate online?

45 comments

    1. Carl Elfstrom says:

      No. Yes yes. No no.

  1. Lionheart says:

    Everyone should be able to express their views in this country of freedom and liberty, whether they are religious or not.

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    1. Kim says:

      Even me puddin? lol

      1. Lionheart says:

        Absolutely, Cherub.

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        1. T'Keren Valmaz says:

          When we assume we can have an honest conversation about our differences of opinion with a zealot we are making a couple very dangerous mistakes. First we are elevating the beliefs and goals of those zealots to the level of civil discourse.Thats a bad idea. No its worse than a bad idea. That is morally abhorrent. If you are on one side of the table arguing that regardless of race,gender, sexuality, ability whatever.

          And on the other side the person across from you believes that certain people are inferior and deserving of persecution and death as Kim here has for homosexuals, then whats in the middle?

          Where do you compromise with someone who rejects the very concept of human rights? Perhaps you think you can persuade them of how wrong they are?

          Thats where the second mistake comes in; assuming that the zealot sitting across the table from you is any less committed to their ideals than you are to yours.

          Lots of people have this idea that people only disagree with us because they have not seen what we have seen, that they do not know what we know. That a zealot only thinks their religion is right and true because they have not gotten to know enough. That they only want to establish a biblical State because they just do not know any better.

          And sure sometimes that is the case, people who have come to their senses and recognized that a book is just a book,

          But more often then not we see through history this just is not true, from the inquisition, to the crusades, to holy wars and jihads and brutal colonization in the name of one god or another. There was no room for a high road to try and reason with those perpetuating these acts.

          You do not defeat such by arguing with them, they have heard such arguments many times and will never be persuaded by them. They must be fought against. That does not always mean with violence, but sometimes it does. Some people will always find that abhorrent.

          What it does mean though is they must always be actively opposed, working to thwart their attempts to accumulate power and influence.

          If we do not resist evil we go along with it. We do not have to imagine how bad things under a zealot regime. we have seen it all before.

          You cant put faith in the reason and humanity of zealots. If their reason and humanity functioned properly they wouldnt be zealots in the first place.

          Being nice to them, engaging them in intellectual discourse and appeasing their desire to be an equal platform does not work. You have to resist them at every turn.To deny them the chance to be viewed as legitimate. Otherwise you are giving them what they want. You are giving in to evil.

          1. Wanda says:

            EVERYONE is allowed to express their views in this country of freedom and liberty, whether they are religious or not, even zealots. You can describe zealots anyway you want, but it is just your opinion while you clearly seek to stifle any dissenters. NO, it doesn’t work that way.

            The Bible is NOT just a book, it’s first five volumes are a spoken transcripts of family history and 613 loving recommendations to the family. The other 61 volumes are commentary on those first five. You can try to minimize it’s importance and disparage it’s believers, but you will ultimately NOT be successful in your endeavor. Long after you are gone, every word in the Bible will remain important and your views will be forgotten.

            Congratulations on your transparency! Your rhetoric is unreasonable and smacks of fascism.

          2. Kim says:

            Wanda….the Bible is patriarchal. NOT familial. Big diff

          3. T'Keren Valmaz says:

            So fun fact my above is actually a highly praised article written by a rabbi during the rise of the nazi party in response to a famous speech made by Prof Cadbury who said jews resisting the nazis only made things worse for themselves. I only had to change the word nazi to zealot and slightly rephrase a few sentences but ultimately it is the same statement and one must also admit that nazism is just another breed of zealotry.

            I did this to test a theory and was right a statement made literally in opposition of the most infamous and hated fascists zealots in modern history is being called a fascist statement by those who feel it applies to them.

            FYI the right to free speech is not a personal right concerning what you and I say to each other, its a right for citizens in general to speak out against the government to help resist would be tyrants. You know like how Cadet Bone Spurs Drumpf keeps calling those who call him out fake news. That is what the freedom of speech exists to protect people from, a president that seeks to become a tyrant.

            Shutting down, and denying ignorant bigots a platform and denying them legitimacy is resistance of the non violent variety. Yet now that is being called as bad as those who use violence and intimidation to spread a message of hate based on bigotry a position that renders their views invalid and unworthy of any forum of debate.

        2. Susan says:

          The Bible was written and edited by men during a time when women were deemed sinful and were considered property. IT WAS NOT WRITTEN BY GOD.

          The new testament was rewritten some where around 300 AD to include the concept of original sin when a pope kept having wet dreams.

          I think if a supreme being – god, goddess whatever had written a text it would be filled with love, acceptance and FREE of any judgment.

          1. Lionheart says:

            You are right on, Susan. I really don’t know what is so hard for people to grasp that. Indoctrination can be a real curse for many, clouding their ability to think clearly and beyond their piousness.

            Having gone through recovery myself from religious dogma, I know it’s not easy, but it is so worth it.

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    2. Cynthia Kukler Smith says:

      100%

  2. Kim says:

    The guy wasn’t spreading hate. That statement is a logical leap by the moderator.

  3. Carla Soderberg says:

    In this distrust-filled political climate, LGBTQQ people are now targets for discrimination by “christians”. My word for the “christians” is Religicist–meaning they wrongfully use their beliefs to discriminate in the same vein as racists. Their “morally superior” stance is wrong, vulgar, and evil.

    Jesus, if he walked with us today, would have an LGBTQQ person or two following him as disciples. He most certainly not go into churches–unless the churches welcomed EVERYONE as members.

    1. Carl Elfstrom says:

      One or two, you say. He had twelve of them. They all left their wives to be with him. And they never wanted a woman again.

      1. Kim says:

        Twisting the scriptures into BS is hardly a sign of credibility or cognitive ethics.

        1. Carl Elfstrom says:

          What scriptures? I was talking about that book of christian fairytales written by delusional schizophrenics.

        2. Carl Elfstrom says:

          Who’s trying to be credulous or ethical? I’m just trying to get my point across, and you’re doing a good job of paying attention.

  4. Russ says:

    This is neither homophobia nor a victory over “anti-Christianity.” It was a correction of a bad decision. Expressing a view is not hate, even if it is a negative view. I completely disagree with his views, but his words do not threaten the lives of anyone. Conversely, Christianity is not under attack in the West. Aside from a handful of counties, Christians enjoy the benefits of majority status. This was the right decision in a case that centers on a person’s views, not a government policy.

    1. Carl Elfstrom says:

      Only Christians think they’re part of a majority. The rest of us know it isn’t true. Most Christians, like most of the rest of us, don’t preach their religion in public. That’s the only reason why they aren’t verbally attacked in this country. That’s the majority. However, atleast a few of them have tried to preach to me, and I’ve always been quick to tell them where to shove Jesus, and his gay apostles!

  5. Kim says:

    Nonsense….people don’t give a sh*t about pervs unless and until those pervs get militaristic.

    1. Rev. John D. Partin says:

      Is your getting militaristic about your perversion of bigotry why people are giving a sh*t about you and opposing your nonsense, Kim?! It certainly is!!

      1. Kim says:

        Responding to militant perverts by correcting their lies is my right. You should try it rather than spouting PC rhetoric.

        1. Carl Elfstrom says:

          Sounds like you’ve been finding more things to defend yourself and your twisted ways about around here lately, Kimmy.

  6. Carl Elfstrom says:

    People who frequently talk bad about one thing in particular often have something to hide.

  7. Carl Elfstrom says:

    When people call others perverts, especially those who say it often, it usually means they think of themselves as perverts but don’t want anyone to know it, so by calling others perverts they think they won’t be thought of as being perverted, too.

  8. Helen Brown says:

    believe God loves all of us and if we are gay he loves us, people who have businesses should not be there if they can not serve all. God is our judge, not your fellow man, I know God loves me does he love you.

    1. Kim says:

      Perverts are perverts dear.

    2. oldaabill says:

      God’s love is conditional. God loves people who obey his Law.
      (NASB) 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

      1. Lionheart says:

        That’s the problem with your god, he has one huge ego. “Do as you are told or else!” He’s such a Dom!

        I’m not impressed by what I’ve read about him. He has one huge anger management issue, and also needs to deal with his jealousy.

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        1. Kim says:

          Does the clay tell the potter what to make Lion. The commandment is to love God. Not the other way around.

          1. Lionheart says:

            How can something that doesn’t exist declare a commandment Kim?

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          2. Kim says:

            Why would think you’re noticeable enough to warrant a personal declaration of any kind from an entity powerful enough to create an entire universe?

          3. Lionheart says:

            Het, looking at your last post I want whatever you are drinking. 🥃 It’s not 5 o-clock here yet, but I’m up for it.

            I’m actually more noticeable than your mythical deity. At least I’m messaging you on here which your very illusive god seems incapable of doing, so he can’t be that omnipotent. Your usual fallacious statement that he created the entire universe is a bit of a stretch if he doesn’t even know how to show up to set us all straight.

            If you really need a deity try worshipping the sun, at least it shows up every day, unless you live in England, in which case you could worship the rain. Just a thought to help you get through life!

            🦁♥️

  9. James Bullard says:

    Expression of a viewpoint is part of debate.Trying to impose your viewpoint on others is unacceptable. It can be a fine line depending on the situation.

    1. kimberly says:

      To all…..If you’re offended by anything said on a site like this then you’ve got issues. I suggest getting a life.

      1. Lionheart says:

        Let me attempt to translate Kim’s comment into something a little more appropriate, and understandable. She sometimes finds it very difficult to say what she really means, bless her.

        Anyone who disagrees with comments on this blog, we welcome your comments, and thoroughly appreciate the time you spend in responding.

        🦁❤️

        1. Kim says:

          OMG……was I speaking in tongues again Lion dear?

          1. Lionheart says:

            It’s okay, his Holiness, the king Elf, has blessed me with the gift of translation. 🤪

  10. John says:

    Love thy neighbor….. still the best words to live by. A wise person once told me. “you can do anything you want in life just don’t be an a**hole.” KInd of her version of the golden rule.

  11. Gar Reed says:

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12); “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18). Just 2 biblical references that might raise an eyebrow or two. The Bible is replete with these, smashing babies even.

    1. Wanda says:

      It’s important to know which volumes are commentary and which ones aren’t. Paul’s writings are a collection of his letters written to specific communities and people. These were written from his viewpoint regarding issues those specific communities were facing. His advice was not meant to be literally applicable to all people, at all times in every place.

      It’s really important to know the historical basis for each volume and it’s author, in order to appropriately understand and apply it’s message.

      1. Kim says:

        Wanda…you are correct about this passage…it’s a shame you don’t apply such good logic to those passages you do like.

  12. Daniel says:

    A friend of mine recently had a son who passed away. When talking to a Christian family member about the memorial service the non-christian mother said she didn’t want the service to to turn into a sermon. The REAL Christian relative pointed out that regardless of her beliefs her, and her church ALWAYS respected the wishes of the family and that the basic Christian faith was about service to others- even if they weren’t Christian. She also noted that though her beliefs were against LGBT practices their church had still performs LGBT weddings as a Christian act of service that other “Christian” churches in her town refused to do.
    For me, this shows that some Christians ARE able to not agree yet go beyond non-discrimination to actual help who they may disagree with. I wish more Christians could do the same.

  13. pops says:

    Does anyone really care about non-issues when the United States is being destroyed by the fool who can’t shut his mouth?

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