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Christian social worker seeks legal action after job withdrawal, requirement to support LGBTQ rights

A Christian social worker, Felix Ngole, based in the United Kingdom, is pursuing legal action after a job offer was rescinded due to his beliefs about homosexuality and marriage. Ngole claims that he was denied an employment opportunity with the NHS (National Health Service) after his “very strong views” on homosexuality and marriage became known. Ngole gained attention in previous years when he won a significant free speech case against his university after being expelled from a social work program for sharing Bible verses that expressed opposition to homosexuality. Touchstone Support Leeds, the organization that recruited Ngole and initially offered him the position at the NHS, withdrew the job offer upon discovering his beliefs.

Fox News reports:

A Christian social worker from the United Kingdom is pursuing legal action after he had a job offer withdrawn due to his beliefs about homosexuality and marriage.

Felix Ngole said he was denied a job opportunity with the NHS after they discovered his “very strong views” on homosexuality and marriage. Ngole made headlines in recent years after he won a landmark free speech case against his university after he was kicked out of a social work program for quoting the Bible in comments against homosexuality on his Facebook account.

Touchstone Support Leeds, the health care organization who recruited the devout Christian and offered him the job at the NHS, withdrew the offer upon the discovery. Touchstone told him that his beliefs did not align with their “ethos and values” of supporting the LGBTQ community.

“In particular, we can see that you have very strong views against homosexuality and same-sex marriage, which completely go against the views of Touchstone, an organisation committed to actively promoting and supporting LGBTQ+ rights,” chief executive Kathryn Hart reportedly said in an email to Ngole.

Touchstone went on to say that they feared his views would compromise the health care organization.

Felix was “the best performing candidate in interview, gaining the highest marks of any candidate on an equality and diversity assessment,” the Christian Legal Centre, a legal group supporting Ngole claimed.

He was reportedly told that if he assured the health care organization that he would “embrace and promote homosexual rights,” the decision could be reversed.

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