A practicing NHS doctor of 26 years has just been fired for refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth.
Dr. David Mackereth was told he was “unfit”to be employed at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office in Dudley, as a disability assessor if he was not able to identify patients as the sex they felt, rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.
The 55-year-old father of four stands by his belief that sex is biological and genetic, and hence, established at birth. Mackereth claims that not being allowed to work for the department, based on his religious beliefs is a violation of his freedom of speech.
After registering as a doctor in 1989, he spent the majority of his career working in Accident & Emergency wards. Dr. Mackereth told The Telegraph,: “I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But, I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief.” He continued, “I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going.”
The Reformed Baptist started a training course this past May to become a health and disability assessor for the DWP. His position would require him to interview and report independent reports regarding the health of those seeking to claim disability benefits. A discussion erupted amongst the medics about the “fluid” nature of gender when his instructor informed him that all reports must only refer to the “client”-or patient-by the sex that person identified themselves as, rather than their sex at the time of birth.
When Dr. Mackereth expressed his beliefs, based in both religious beliefs as well as his belief that gender is determined by genetics and biology, it did not sit well with his tutor.
“I said that I had a problem with this. I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female. I could have kept my mouth shut. But, it was the right time to raise it,” Mackereth said. “The tutor took me aside and said he had passed my comments up the chain to the DWP.”
Shortly after the discussion, Dr. Mackereth received an email from the agency that employed him and that would have hired him out to the DWP, Advanced Personnel Management (APM).
The email explained that Dr. Mackereth would be able to undergo training regarding the policy set by the department, but that any contact with clients and/or any report on said clients, the doctor should refer to them in their chosen sex or it “could be considered to be harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act”, and that DWP had already consulted lawyers.
Mackereth replied that “in good conscience” he would not be able to conform to the demands set by the department, and the contract between them was immediately terminated.
A spokeswoman for DWP stated that the Equality Act considers it unlawful to indirectly or directly discriminate against anyone on the grounds of a “protected characteristic”, such as gender reassignment.
For thousands of years, there has been no dispute that only two genders exist. What’s changed? In Genesis 1:27 (KJV) it reads: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
In a column written for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley stated, “Gender ideology is the next tsunami that threatens to sweep away centuries of accepted human wisdom about the complementarity and real differences between men and women.” He continues, “These differences are not merely about self-expression and personal choice. Science, philosophy, theology and the accumulated wisdom of every culture have recognized that these differences are rooted in something real and objective. They’re rooted in biology, and more fundamentally, they’re rooted in the design of the Creator.”
Dr. Mackereth told The Telegraph: “Firstly, we are not allowed to say what we believe. Secondly, as my case shows, we are not allowed to think what we believe. Finally, we are not allowed to defend what we believe. By stating what has been believed by mankind for centuries-namely the gender and sex are determined at birth-you can come under ferocious attack. If we are no longer allowed to say that you believe sex and gender are the same and are determined at birth, everyone who holds my views can be sacked on the spot under this Act. I’m not an isolated case.”
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