The U.K.'s University of Sheffield won't allow a student to return to his studies after he was expelled earlier for expressing his opposition to gay marriage in a Facebook post.
Felix Ngole, 38, was a postgraduate student in the university's program for social work. In September 2015, he wrote a Facebook post saying he supported Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Ngole's post, which was visible only to his friends on the social media platform, was part of a larger discussion in his Facebook social circle about the Davis case, according to The Telegraph.
Two months later, faculty and administrators at Sheffield summoned Ngole to a disciplinary hearing, which was prompted by another student's complaint about the post. Officials at the college told him he was guilty of unacceptable "personal conduct" and "bringing the profession into disrepute," The Telegraph reported.
After the hearing, administrators sent a letter to Ngole telling him he had "transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession," and told him to return his student ID card, according to the Independent.
The expulsion effectively ended the father of four's bid to enter the social work profession, a story in The Telegraph said.
"My beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics reflect mainstream, biblical understanding, shared by millions around the world," Ngole said.
He appealed the university's decision, but officials there rejected his appeal and said they won't allow him to return to class.
Now Ngole is weighing his options, reports Christian Today. The student, who is supported by the U.K.'s Christian Legal Centre, says he won't give up the fight to be return to his studies.
Andrea Williams, the Christian Legal Centre's founder, said her organization has handled cases in which nurses, teachers and magistrates have been disciplined for expressing their views on topics like gay marriage, "but this is the very first time a Christian student has been stopped even before he enters his chosen vocation to help others, simply for holding traditional Christians views on marriage and sexuality.
"The university's decision reflects a worrying trend throughout higher education institutions, which is to censor any view that may be deemed 'offensive,'" Williams said.