Saturday, October 28, 2017

British Court Upholds Removal of Christian Social Work Student Over Facebook Comments

As reported by The Guardian and by a press release from Christian Concern, a British trial court judge yesterday upheld a decision by Sheffield University to remove graduate student Felix Ngole from his 2-year MA program in Social Work because of comments he posted on Facebook.  In 2015, commenting on the widely publicized case of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, Ngole, a devout Christian, said: "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." Ngole argued that the University's action infringed his free expression rights.  High Court Judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled, however:
Public religious speech has to be looked at in a regulated context from the perspective of a public readership. Social workers have considerable power over the lives of vulnerable service users and trust is a precious professional commodity.