Court rules in favour of student who labelled gay sex an ‘abomination’

Court rules in favour of student who labelled gay sex an ‘abomination’
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Posted on 8 Jul 2019

The Court of Appeals has overturned a University of Sheffield decision to expel a Christian student from a social work course after he accused gay people of committing a ‘wicked’ act.


Forty-year-old Felix Ngole had written on Facebook that homosexuality is a “wicked act and God hates the act”. He also wrote that God will “judge all those who indulged in all forms of wicked acts such as homosexuality”, described gay sex as an ‘abomination’ and claimed that gay people will face a ‘punishment of eternal fire’.

The university expelled him from his course in 2016, saying that his online comments were ‘inappropriate for someone entering the social work profession’.


But the Court of Appeals has now overturned a High Court decision and ruled in Ngole’s favour, stating that “The university wrongly confused the expression of religious views with the notion of discrimination.

“The mere expression of views on theological grounds (e.g. that ‘homosexuality is a sin’) does not necessarily connote that the person expressing such views will discriminate on such grounds.


The justices added: “Instead of exploring and imposing a lesser penalty, such as a warning, the university imposed the extreme penalty of dismissing the appellant from his course, which was inappropriate in all the circumstances.”

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