Belief in Only Two Genders is ‘Incompatible with Human Dignity,’ UK Court Rules
Christian doctor’s biblical understanding of transgenderism cost him his job
A Christian doctor’s biblical understanding of genders, sexuality, and lack of belief in transgenderism, has been ruled as “incompatible with human dignity," by a British employment tribunal.
Mackereth filed a complaint against the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for harassment and discrimination under the Equality Act.
But the court's decision this week declared that Dr. Mackereth’s biblical belief that "God made humans male or female” was “incompatible with human dignity.”
The ruled explicitly on three positions taken by Dr. Mackereth that stopped him from being able in good conscience to address a person as if they were a member of the opposite sex.
The courted cited Mackereth’s “belief in Genesis 1:27,” a passage from the Bible that states: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
The court also referred to the doctor’s “lack of belief in transgenderism” because he refused to accept that it's possible for a person to change their sex.
The tribunal then referenced Mackereth’s “conscientious objection to transgenderism," asserting that his belief that it would be irresponsible and dishonest for a health professional to encourage and/or accommodate a patient’s impersonation of the opposite sex.
The tribunal determined that Dr. Mackereth’s three beliefs are not protected because they “are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.”
The ruling implies that belief in “Genesis 1:27,” along with a “lack of belief in transgenderism,” is now adequate grounds for punishment in the UK - which in this case, means loss of employment.
Dr. Mackereth said he feels obliged to appeal in response to the ruling:
“I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians to speak the truth,” he said.
“If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK.”
“No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex,” he added.
“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.”
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."