High Court to rule on Christian student declared unfit to practice as a social worker because of ‘traditional’ views on homosexuality

Apr 26, 2017 by

by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph:

The High Court will rule on whether Christians who express “traditional” views on homosexuality can be barred from gaining professional qualifications after a social work student won the right to challenge his expulsion.

Felix Ngole, 39, was removed from a two-year MA course at Sheffield University in February last year after saying during a Facebook debate that “the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin”.

He received permission to mount a judicial review in a preliminary hearing at the High Court. The full case will be heard later this year.

He is thought to be the first claimant to challenge a decision which barred him from a profession because his religious beliefs made him “unfit to practice”.

Mr Ngole, who also worked as a religious education teacher, argued that he had been unfairly stopped from completing his degree.

His case is backed by the Christian Legal Centre, part of campaign group Christian Concern.

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Background report from Christian Concern here

See another religious freedom case here: Christian prison worker to appeal Tribunal ruling over right to quote Bible in chapel service, from Christian Concern


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