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‘Worthy of respect’ Belief that biological sex cannot change is worthy of respect in a democratic society, judge rules

July 2021 | by Evangelical Times

Maya Forstater speaking to Skye News
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A woman who lost her job for saying people can’t change their biological sex has won her case on appeal.

The appeal judge said the belief that biological sex is fixed and unchangeable is worthy of respect in a democratic society.

The decision means people should have more confidence to speak freely about their beliefs without the fear of losing their jobs.

It overturns a previous decision against Maya Forstater, 45, whose contract was not renewed after she used Twitter to say that people cannot change their biological sex.

She posted a series of tweets questioning government plans – which have since been abandoned – to let people declare their own gender.

The judge in the original tribunal case ruled that her views were ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society’, but that has now been overturned on appeal.

Forstater said, ‘I am delighted to have been vindicated. I lost my job simply for expressing a view that is true and important, and held by the great majority of people in this country: sex matters.

‘Being a woman is a material reality. It is not a costume or a feeling. Institutions that pretend sex doesn’t matter become hostile places for women in particular.’

She added, ‘I’m proud of the role I’ve played in clarifying the law and encouraging more people to speak up.’

Forstater had worked as a tax expert at the think tank Center for Global Development, but her contract was not renewed in March 2019 because of her beliefs.

Her case gained much public attention, including some high-profile supporters such as JK Rowling and TV presenter Jonathan Ross.

But Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of CGD, was disappointed to have lost the appeal. She said the original ruling was right because, ‘offensive speech causes harm to trans people’.

Reacting to losing the appeal, she described the decision as ‘a step backwards for inclusivity and equality for all’.

However, in his ruling, the appeal judge said that ‘beliefs may well be profoundly offensive and even distressing to many others, but they are beliefs that are and must be tolerated in a pluralist society’.

One thought on “‘Worthy of respect’ Belief that biological sex cannot change is worthy of respect in a democratic society, judge rules

  1. Beth says:

    I was so excited to read this article! Even when I realized that it was not the United States (Just having one of those kinds of days! LOL!) I was still extremely happy to see that the outcome of this suit was one for common sense.
    If I knew of a way to contact the lady who feels that biological science is “offensive to trans people, I would ask why she believes that trying to force/strong arm/threaten a person’s livelihood is considered,

    inclusivity and equality for all’.

    It is fine for everyone to have a belief, apparently, as long as that belief is exactly like theirs.
    Why are people supposed to hear over and over how “trans” a person is, but they go apoplectic if a scientifically provable fact i.e.; boys are boys because, no matter how much estrogen they have dumped into their bodies, their bodies are still made differently than a girls. Same for girls, no matter the amount of testosterone. I would venture to conclude that they scream so loudly in order to drowned out the questions that would disprove and tear down their house of cards and glue that they have erected as a belief system.

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