Davis spent five days in jail last summer for her faith-based refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. She became a heroic symbol of resistance to evangelical Christians and was widely praised by conservative politicians.
Now, Felix Ngole may be the next hero for anti-gay marriage forces.
According to The Independent, the master’s degree student told friends in a private post, “I stand with Kim Davis” and quoted a biblical passage from Leviticus calling homosexuality an abomination.
The Christian Legal Centre has taken up his cause. Andrea Williams, CEO of the center told The Independent this was “yet another case of Christians being ‘neutered’ in the public arena, and of censorship of views.”
Ngole, 38, a second year masters student in social work, posted his comments on Facebook in September. Two months later, a university committee that addresses “fitness to practice” told him he was expelled.
The letter to Ngole, as quoted in Christian Today, said he “may have caused offense to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”
Ngole, on the contrary, called this “secret policing of Christian belief.” If Facebook comments can be used to block access to professional licensing “then very serious questions need to be asked about the freedoms in the UK,” according to Christian Today.
A spokeswoman for the Sheffield University told the Independent there would be no comment because the case is subject to appeal.