In a shocking decision, an employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian doctor’s belief in Genesis 1:27 is ‘incompatible with human dignity’.
Dr David Mackereth told his employer he would not use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith.
He then claimed his employer – the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – breached his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
An employment tribunal considered his case and heard that Dr Mackereth refused to refer to ‘any 6ft-tall bearded man’ as ‘madam’.
But the tribunal dismissed his case, ruling that the DWP had not discriminated against him.
In the ruling, the employment tribunal stated: ‘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’.
Genesis 1:27 says, ‘So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them’.
Dr Mackereth, 56, said he was ‘deeply concerned’ by the ruling. ‘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’, he said.
‘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 was supported by the Christian Legal Centre. Chief Executive Andrea Williams said, ‘It is deeply disturbing that this is the first time in the history of English law that a judge has ruled that free citizens must engage in compelled speech’.