|In 2015, during a Facebook discussion prompted by a news story about Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, Felix put forward his Christian beliefs on the issue and argued that “same sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words”.
But nearly two months later, he received an email from a university official telling him that his comments were being investigated.
Then in February 2016, a ‘Fitness to Practise’ committee at Sheffield University removed Felix from his two-year MA course.
Tomorrow Paul Diamond, standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, will argue that the European Convention on Human Rights protects Felix’s Christian beliefs, and that those beliefs should not bar him from public service as a social worker.
If the decision is not overturned it may be impossible for Felix to pursue his vocation as a social worker.
Felix says that he is “determined to challenge the decision because of its wider consequences and the huge issues of freedom of religion and freedom of expression that it raises.”
“My beliefs about marriage and sexual ethics reflect mainstream, biblical understanding, shared by millions around the world. Simply expressing that understanding, in a personal capacity, on my Facebook page, cannot be allowed to become a bar to serving and helping others in a professional capacity as a social worker,” he explains.