Friday 8 April 2016

A few weeks ago Donald Trump asked America, ‘what the hell is going on?’ We might similarly ask David Cameron’s Britain the same question.

I recently told the story of a magistrate who was sacked from the bench for stating what 90% (plus) of the population think, that a child is best raised with a mother and father rather than two parents of the same sex. That dismissal was followed by the NHS removing from his post as a non executive director of a Trust.

This week we have seen a highly qualified NHS therapist lose an appeal against a discipline notice issued after a Muslim colleague betrayed her by complaining that the therapist had prayed with her and given her a Christian book. This was in spite of the fact that the complainant had sought advice and compassion and agreed to the prayer.

In another abomination this week a student has had his future vocation prospects destroyed. The student posted a comment on the social media site, which many students use to express their thoughts, his belief that the American registrar who refused to issue certificates for same sex marriage had acted rightly. It had no business with his University at Sheffield, who do not seem to monitor other comments with such assiduity, but nevertheless have forced him to abandon his studies so destroying the career he had hoped for as a social worker. (Story below)

We are for ever hearing how careers should be open with greater opportunities for black people; we now know that is providing they do not offend with opinions against Cameron’s cherished same sex marriage act.

There are numerous other cases for which there is little purpose in recording. I am sure all will get the way things are going here.

We can see a little daylight at present. Cameron lied when he said he would never propose same sex marriage, and did.. He lied when he said he would raise the amount a person would be eligible to keep before being charged for residential care; and has not. He lied when he said the European referendum would be held neutrally and with dignity, yet has used nearly ten million pounds on propaganda for his own campaign by sending out letters to EVERY household in the United Kingdom to support remaining with the Union. He recently was untruthful when he said he had never benefited from money invested in Panama, but had to admit this was not so.

He tried to play being God when he redefined marriage. He is about to find out that was not a wise move.

Details of student suspended from Course

Felix Ngole, who was expelled from a university social work course after expressing support for biblical teaching on marriage on his own Facebook page, is to seek further legal action after losing his appeal against the decision.

The decision to expel him means he will no longer be able to continue his studies at the University of Sheffield, and pursue his desired vocation as a social worker

Felix, a second year Masters student, decided to appeal after he was told that, by posting his comments on Facebook, the Committee believed that he "may have caused offence to some individuals" and had "transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the Social Work profession."

His action would have an effect on his "ability to carry out a role as a Social Worker," the Committee said.

Felix is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre as he considers his next steps

Felix has now been told by the Appeals Office that submitting the posts in question on social media was "inappropriate", in light of the professional conduct outlined in the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC).

The letter from the Appeals Office then claimed that Mr Ngole had not "offered any insight or reflection" on the "potential impact" of his postings, or on how the social work profession may be perceived by the public, based on what he had posted.

For this reason, the Appeals Committee ruled that his expulsion was "proportionate

Commenting on the university's decision, Felix said:

"Like every other student at university I use social media to communicate and express personal views. In my Facebook posts in question, I simply expressed support for the biblical view of marriage and sexuality. However, I was reported to the university for these views and they unilaterally decided to end my course. In so doing, they ended my training for my chosen vocation in life.

"I shall be seeking further legal action as my case raises all sorts of legal questions as to whether Christians can any longer hold traditional biblical and moral beliefs and still enter mainstream professions such as social work, medicine, teaching and law in this country."

Felix made the comments in question last September on his personal Facebook page, in connection with the case of Kim Davis, the marriage clerk from the US state of Kentucky, who expressed a conscientious objection to issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples.

Felix expressed support for Kim Davies' freedom and in the course of the discussion explained biblical teaching on sexual ethics.

Nearly two months later, he received an email from a university official telling him that his comments were being investigated and summoning him to a meeting the following Monday.

Following further meetings, he was told that the Faculty of Social Sciences Fitness to Practise Committee had ruled that he should be removed from the course

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:

"The university's decision reflects a worrying trend throughout Higher Education institutions, which is to censor any view that may be deemed 'offensive'.

"Mr Ngole has worked with those who identify as homosexual in the past and has always treated them with respect, never discriminating against them. There is no evidence that Felix's biblical views would have negatively impacted his work

We have become used to registrars, nurses, teachers, magistrates and counsellors being disciplined in their jobs for acting according to conscience, but this is the very first time a Christian student has been stopped even before he enters his chosen vocation to hep others – simply for holding traditional Christians views on marriage and sexuality.

"This case raises fundamental issues which is why taking further action is vital."

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