A Christian student who was expelled from his master’s degree studies in social work by the University of Sheffield over a Facebook post about his religious beliefs on homosexuality got a legal victory at the Court of Appeal in England.
A three-justice panel unanimously sided last Wednesday with 41-year-old Felix Ngole, who appealed a 2017 High Court judge’s decision upholding the university’s right to expel him from the two-year program for voicing beliefs online that were deemed "derogatory of gay men and bisexuals.”
The Court of Appeal ordered that there be a new hearing for Ngole held before a “differently constituted” fitness-to-practice panel at the university, stressing that the earlier proceedings were “flawed and unfair to the Appellant.”
The justices ruled that the university “wrongly confused the expression of religious views with the notion of discrimination.”
The appeals court also objected to the university’s stance that “any expression of disapproval of same-sex relations” that could be traced back to the person making it is a “breach of the professional guidelines.”
The panel warned that the university’s stance in the case was “not in accordance” with relevant Health and Care Professions Council code of conduct and guidelines.
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Photo credit (PHOTO: FACEBOOK/FELIX NGOLE)
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 12:53:00 PM