A Christian doctor in the United Kingdom, who says he was fired for refusing to use a patients’ preferred “gender” pronoun, has lost his court battle.
Dr. David Mackereth, who lost his job after 30 years of employment because he refuses to refer to men as women and vice versa, stated to staff that he could not in good conscience use pronouns that do not align with the biological sex of his patients.
During the proceedings in July, giving evidence, Dr. Mackereth had said that he was asked in a conversation with his 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?”
Mackereth, who is now working as an NHS emergency doctor in Shropshire, was subsequently terminated over his refusal.
The tribunal that heard the case claimed that Mackereth’s beliefs were “incompatible with human dignity.” The ruling stated in part:
“Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.”
Mackereth remains determined:
“Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended…I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practise of medicine in the UK.”
Dr. Mackereth states that he will be appealing the decision to fight for the freedoms of Christians.