Doctor Fired for Refusing to 'Call 6ft Bearded' Transgender 'Madam,' Loses Court Case
Dr. David Mackereth says he was fired for arguing children are not born 'gender fluid'
A Christian doctor, who was fired for refusing to refer to transgenders with their preferred pronouns or "call any 6ft tall bearded man madam," has lost his court case for unfair dismissal.
Disability assessor Dr. David Mackereth filed a lawsuit against his former employer, the British Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for breaching his right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.
Dr. Mackereth's view of what it means to be male and female was condemned by the court as "incompatible with human dignity," however.
The doctor from Dudley, West Midlands, UK, says that he intends to appeal the court's Wednesday ruling.
While arguing his case, 56-year-old Mackereth says he was wrongfully sacked for refusing to call born-male transgender people "she" because the person now "identifies" as female.
The court ruled that Dr. Mackereth's "beliefs were likely to cause offense and have the effect of violating a transgender person's dignity or creating a proscribed environment, or subjecting a transgender person to less favorable treatment."
According to the Daily Mail, as well as claiming religious discrimination, Dr. Mackereth said no effort was made to accommodate his beliefs, such as referring transgender clients at Birmingham's Five Ways assessment center to another doctor.
Responding to the judgment, Dr. Mackereth, who now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire, said: "I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome.
"Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges' ruling.
"No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex.
"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.
"I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians - and any other NHS member of staff - to speak the truth.
"If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK."
A doctor has been fired from a top government position after claiming that children are not born "gender fluid."— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 11, 2018
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Andrea Williams, Christian Legal Centre chief executive, said: "This is an astonishing judgment and one that if upheld will have seismic consequences not just for the NHS and for Christians, but anyone in the workplace who is prepared to believe and say that we are created male and female."
A DWP spokesman said: "We acted to protect claimants from behavior that would have failed to treat them with dignity, so we welcome this ruling.
"We expect all assessors to approach their work sensitively."
In a statement admitted into evidence at the start of the tribunal, Dr. Mackereth alleged that his suspension from the Fiveways center in Birmingham in June 2018 was in response to his religious beliefs
"In truth, the argument between us arose 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 to call any six-feet tall bearded man 'madam' on his whim.
"Throughout this process, I kept stressing that my objection to that misuse of pronouns was based on my Christian beliefs and conscience."
Dr. Mackereth quoted from the Bible at his tribunal, calling the book the "infallible, inerrant word of God."
A #Christian doctor says he was fired from his job after he refused to call a "six-feet tall bearded man 'madam'" because it goes against his beliefs.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 11, 2019
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He believes maleness and femaleness are "unchangeable and fundamental to who we are as people who were created in the image of God."
He said, "transgenderism" was being regarded as "normal" due to political pressure, adding: "I cannot in good conscience go along with those ideas - for example by using people's chosen pronouns, instead of those naturally pertaining to their sex.
"As far as I am concerned, to do so would be both dishonest and irresponsible."
Dr. Mackereth, whose world view is "unashamedly" Christian, had worked in the NHS for 26 years when he was dismissed, including seven at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
He had replied to an advert for the DWP job in May 2018 and was interviewed by recruitment firm manager James Owen.
Having obtained the post, the experienced emergency department doctor was sent on a two-week training course in Marylebone, London.
The medic said that documents he was provided with before the course did not indicate he may be required to use pronouns "in accordance with arbitrary choices rather than in accordance with English grammar and common sense."
Giving his account of a meeting with Mr. Owen on June 13, 2018, at the Birmingham assessment center, Dr. Mackereth said: "I was engaged in working on my second real case when Mr. Owen called me out of my work.
"The purpose was to interrogate me about my beliefs in relation to the use of pronouns.
"To the best of my recollection, in fact, there was no mention of the word transgender during our meeting.
"We talked about the DWP's more general policy of using whatever pronoun the client wants.
"That discussion culminated in Mr. Owen asking me the following question - 'Let's just summarise this. If you have a man six feet tall with a beard, who says he wants to be addressed as 'she' and 'Mrs' - would you do that?'
"I am quite sure this is exactly what he said to me, in substance if not verbatim.
"I told him that, as a Christian, I would not be able to accede to such a request in good conscience."