Birmingham, England, Oct 4, 2019 / 16:01 pm
An employment tribunal in England stated Wednesday that a biblical view of sex and gender is “incompatible with human dignity” in a ruling against a doctor who was denied employment after refusing to use the preferred pronouns of transgender clients.
The tribunal’s ruling, conveyed Oct. 2, said: “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.”
Dr. David Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist who long worked at the National Health Service, was training to take a job as a disability assessor at the Department for Work and Pensions. At a June 2018 training session he said that he would not refer to a biological male as a woman. It is NHS policy to use the preferred pronouns of patients.
His instructor had said reports on those claiming disability must refer to the patient by their gender identity, in accord with the Equality Act 2010, an anti-discrimination law in England, Wales, and Scotland which includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender reassignment among its protected classes.
Mackereth said that he could not “use pronouns in that way in good conscience.” He also said that he thought it would be “irresponsible” for a doctor to “accommodate and/or encourage a patient’s impersonation of the opposite sex.”
His comments alarmed his supervisors, who asked him to confirm that he would not in fact be using preferred pronouns. He was fired shortly thereafter.
Mackereth protested the termination of his contract to the Employment Tribunal, saying that he had been discriminated against due to his Christian beliefs, and that his rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion had been breached.
He lost the case, and the ruling was made public earlier this week. The tribunal acknowledged that while Christianity is a protected class under the Equality Act 2010, the belief that people are born male or female, and that this could not be changed, is not.