Sheffield University supports silencing free speech

Jan 21, 2020 by

by Rebekah Moffett, Christian Concern:

An article in The Sunday Telegraph this weekend raised the news that the University of Sheffield – the very university that expelled former student social worker Felix Ngole – is set to roll out a scheme paying students to challenge wrong thinking.

Expelled for expressing his faith

Felix was removed from his university course in 2016 after he made comments on his personal Facebook account in support of Biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality. Lawyers representing the University of Sheffield argued that any expression of disapproval of same-sex marriage or relations should result in an expulsion; while Felix was entitled to his views, he was not entitled to express them.

Writing for this week’s Sunday Telegraph, Policy’s Exchange’s Head of Education, Iain Mansfield, points out how “authoritarian and sinister” this was. Thankfully, judges in the Court of Appeal realised this, saying that the university was lacking insight because it “failed to appreciate that it had taken a stance which did not accord with the HCPC guidance or common sense.”

In other words, the university had failed to comply to its own standards.

New thought-crime initiative

However, it now appears that the university has learnt nothing from Felix’s case, as Iain Mansfield points out:

Read here


Related Posts


Share This