“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10
On Friday, July 5th, Felix Ngole: Nearly three years later, A former British student of The University of Sheffield has gained justice for his Freedom Of Speech with his Christianity beliefs after being expelled for voicing his religious views through Bible verses in response to a vigorous social media post on Facebook.
In 2015, One-night Ngole had come across a social media debate on Facebook regarding Kim Davis, a former county clerk from Kentucky who at the time gained international attention based off of her religious objections to issue same-sex marriage certifications. Ngole coming to the UK from his country where he felt political unrest, and in fear of being arrested for his religious beliefs had thought it would be okay to give his opinion in the active comment thread he came across. (Not knowing someone from his course at the school was later going to turn this into a great ordeal going forward.) He then shared Bible verses, which supported the same view as Davis, that marriage is a sanctified bond and should be solely between one man and one woman. He also included that “the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin,” according to the BBC.
Later, Ngole had been anonymously reported to the University and had been summoned to attend a Fitness to Practice hearing. During that time, they Informed him that he had brought the social work profession into disrepute and was to be expelled from the course. The University had also told him that the expression of his Christian views was unacceptable and was effectively told to either renounce his faith or stay silent on pain of losing his career. With such a request Felix says he felt he could not surrender his faith.
However, Let justice prevail the Court of Appeal has ruled in Felix’s favor, with a landmark ruling for the rights of Christians. Stating that it was the University that was ‘lacking insight’ in not understanding a Christian viewpoint. The outcome of this case will have tremense results not only for Christian freedom of speech but as well as relation to all free speech. like in Felix’s case.
As everything comes to an end, the court has urged the University to reconsider Felix’s expulsion a university spokesman told The Mail on Sunday that they are considering its options. As for Ngole, he states. ” This is great news, not only for me and my family but for everyone who cares about freedom of speech, especially for those working in or studying for caring professions.” Following the latest ruling, Ngole explained, “As Christians, we are called to serve others and to care for everyone, yet publicly and privately we must also be free to express our beliefs and what the Bible says without fear of losing our livelihoods.”