Can You Be Fired for Your Religious Beliefs?

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Felix Ngole fled horrific violence in Cameroon in order to start a life in the UK. However, he was persecuted in his new home. Ngole’s greatest desire was to become a social worker and serve his community. He worked hard to achieve this goal.

Ngole thought he had found his “dream job” when he received an offer of employment from the healthcare provider Touchstone Support Leeds. However, they rescinded their offer after discovering that Ngole won a case in court involving Ngole’s free speech regarding Ngole’s belief in traditional weddings.

Christian Concern explains:

It was a role that would have required working at Wakefield Hospital in order to manage the discharge into the community of patients who suffer from mental health issues. After Touchstone’s chief executives, Kathryn Hart and David Smith found online articles about Felix’s prior legal case, they retracted the offer.

Felix won an important free speech case in 2019 at the Court of Appeal against his university’s expulsion decision for comments he made on Facebook defending marriage and Christian sexual ethics. The court ruled “the mere expressions of religious views on sin do not necessarily imply discrimination”, and Felix completed his course.

Christian Concern reports that Touchstone, the company responsible for recruiting for Britain’s National Health Service, considered Ngole the best candidate for the job. The company also awarded him the highest score of all candidates on the equality and diversity assessment.

Touchstone then told Ngole it had “significant concerns” about his “suitability for this role”. The CEO said that “We can see you have very strong opinions against homosexuality and the same-sex relationship, which are completely against the views of Touchstone, a company committed to actively supporting and promoting LGBTQ+ rights.”

Ngole said to Touchstone he would not discriminate against anyone who he served or aided, but added: “What I can’t do, and what you cannot reasonably expect of me without yourself being discriminatory is make my participation of the ‘promotion homosexual rights’ as a condition of employment.”

We all know, of course, that such a statement would not work when the Pride Cult is in charge.

Ngole stated, “I was told that I was the most qualified candidate for the position. Then they said that I was unemployed because they found out I’m a Christian.” The reason given for the withdrawal of the job offer was an attack against me and my religion. They said that all the people I was going to be working with would be LGBT and that I should pledge allegiance and abandon my Christian beliefs to the LGBT flag.

He added: “If we reach the point that if you do not celebrate and support LGBT, you cannot have a job then every Christian has no future.” “You can do as much studying as you want, but you won’t have a shot.”

Ngole’s tone was particularly somber when he said that “The UK is not the country I first heard about when fleeing Cameroon all those years ago.” “The UK was then a bastion for free speech and expression.”

Christian Legal Centre helps Ngole in his court case. Ngole announced on Facebook that the case, which was originally scheduled to start this week, has been delayed until April next year.

Ngole, in the meantime, knows that his faith is more important than anything else the world could offer him. “I can’t deny my religion to get a good job. One day, I’ll leave this earth and all I will take with me is my faith. “I will be content to clean if necessary, so long as I maintain my faith and I am right in front of God.”

Ngole is not the only Christian who has faced discrimination. More Christians and conservatives are likely to be targeted as the Rainbow Mafia becomes more aggressive.