A Christian doctor has filed a lawsuit against the government in the United Kingdom after he was fired from his government job for refusing to refer to a 6-foot tall bearded man as “Madam.”
The doctor, 56-year-old Dr. David Mackereth, worked as a disability benefits assessor for the Department of Work and Pensions.
According to the Telegraph, “The father-of-four alleges he was asked in a conversation with a line manager: “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’, would you do that?”
I know what I would do, call him a man and refer to him as “Sir.”
“What I object to is being forced to do violence to language and common sense, in a ritual denial of an obvious truth, for the sake of an ideology which I disbelieve and detest,” he told the BBC.
The Telegraph goes on to report:
Dr Mackereth, an evangelist who now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire, claims his contract was then terminated over his refusal to use transgendered pronouns.
He argues that he was dismissed “not because of any realistic concerns over the rights and sensitivities of transgender individuals, but because of my refusal to make an abstract ideological pledge”.
The doctor is now suing the government at an employment tribunal for discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief.
A hearing in Birmingham was told how Dr Mackereth believes transgenderism is a “delusional belief” and an ideology “which I disbelieve and detest”.
In a statement admitted into evidence, he told the court: “If you believe in gender fluidity, gender is no more than one’s own fantasy about oneself.”
The trained theologian and “unashamed” Christian, who has 30 years’ medical experience, secured a job as a Health and Disability Assessor at Birmingham’s Fiveways assessment centre in May 2018.
He told the tribunal he was suspended the following month after being “interrogated” by his boss, James Owen, for refusing to “call any six-foot-tall bearded man ‘madam’ on his whim”. The medic claims he was told he was “overwhelmingly likely” to lose his job unless he agreed.
Mackereth and Owen had an email exchange and part of the email read that spoke about the “process as discussed in your training” read as follows: “If however, you do not want to do this, we will respect your decision and your right to leave your contract.”
However, Dr. Mackereth replied: “I am a Christian and in good conscience cannot do what the DWP is requiring of me.”
He claims that he was discriminated against and did not resign his position.
I say good for Dr. Mackereth for taking a stand and not being bullied here.
Mackereth told the hearing, “The very fact a doctor can be pulled of the shop floor for an urgent interrogation about his beliefs on gender fluidity is both absurd and very sinister, even more so if it results in a dismissal.”
“If something like that happened in a church setting – people being pulled out of a pew, questioned, and then excommunicated – that would be seen as an outrageous example of religious intolerance and bigotry,” he added.
Keep in mind that Congress just tried to pass an Equality Act here in the States.
Yet, the DWP claims that Mackereth’s views are a breach of the 2010 Equality Act in the UK.
However, the good doctor is not just suing DWP, but also APM, the recruitment company who hired him.
While the company claims that Dr. Mackereth’s views, his belief system, “are not compatible with human dignity.”
Human dignity? Calling what is clearly a man a woman is not human dignity. It’s insanity.
Dr. Mackereth issued a statement to the court saying, “I appreciate that in the present political climate, some people, including some of those who believe they are transgender, may find my beliefs to be offensive.”
“However, in a free society, this is not a good enough reason to censor my beliefs and coerce me to act contrary to my conscience,” he added.
“Moreover, as a doctor, my responsibility is always to act in good conscience in the best interest of the patients – not to adopt various fancies, prejudices, or delusions, to avoid offence at all cost,” he continued.
Then there was the kicker.
Dr. Mackereth said that transgenderism is a “rebellion against God, which is both pointless and sinful.”
That obviously didn’t win him any points with those in opposition with him, but sure does with me and God.
He said: “I am, of course, aware that there are men or women who believe they have been trapped in a wrong body, and I do not question the sincerity of their convictions.”
“A small number of such people have always existed,” the doctor continued. “Up until recently, such a belief was considered by medics to be delusional and a symptom of a medical disorder.”
“It is only recently that transgenderism has been recognized as normal and such delusional beliefs accepted at face value,” he added. “What is responsible for that change is political pressure, not scientific evidence.”
Chief executive Andrea Williams described Dr Mackereth as “a Christian hero who chose to sacrifice his distinguished professional career rather than compromise on the Bible and his conscience”.
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