‘I Am a Christian’: Doctor Fired for Not Calling Bearded Transsexual ‘Madam’ Gets Hearing Before High Court from Faith Wire
A Christian doctor in the United Kingdom, who was fired after he said he didn’t want to call a biological male ‘madam’ because his desire was to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, will have his appeal heard next month before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, an independent court which settles legal disputes about employment law.
A previous tribunal heard Dr. David Mackereth’s case in 2019 and labeled his speech as not “worthy of respect in a democratic society” and “incompatible with human dignity.”
Mackereth, 56, a physician with 28 years of experience, will challenge that ruling at his appeal hearing in front of the high court on March 28-29.
As CBN News reported in 2019, the British government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) fired Dr. David Mackereth from his job as a disability assessor in late June 2018 because he refused to hypothetically refer to “a six-foot-tall bearded man” as “madam.”
Mackereth had previously worked as an emergency doctor for the National Health Service. He said he was removed from his job in late June 2018 after being “interrogated” about his personal religious convictions by his boss, James Owen.
The doctor said he would not use transgender pronouns and claimed during the hearing he was ultimately fired “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.”
“I am a Christian and in good conscience cannot do what the DWP is requiring of me,” Mackereth said.
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His attorneys argued in court in 2019 that the DWP policy of compelling staff to use ‘transgender pronouns’ was a breach of the Equality Act and that the Department of Work and Pensions had breached Mackereth’s right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.