A British doctor who lost a court case over the use of transgender pronouns says he is “deeply concerned” over the survival of freedom of speech in the U.K., reports BBC.
Disability assessor Dr. David Mackereth from Dudley, West Midlands, England, claimed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) restricted his freedom of religion by requiring him to use a transgender person’s chosen pronouns. But the court ruled his Christian principles as “incompatible with human dignity.”
Dr. Mackereth said using pronouns incompatible with a person’s biological sex was “a ritual denial of an obvious truth.” He was suspended from his job after telling a manager at an assessment center that he would not use feminine pronouns to refer to “any 6-foot-tall bearded man” in June 2018.
Dr. Mackereth made his beliefs clear: “As a Christian, I would not be able to accede to such a request in good conscience.”
His counsel, Michael Phillips of the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), argued that the DWP discriminated against Dr. Mackereth for his Christian beliefs, reports Christian Today.
“It follows that every person is created by God as either male or female,” Phillips said during the hearing. “A person cannot change their sex [or] gender at will. Any attempt at, or pretence of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive and sinful.”
But the tribunal in Birmingham did not agree.
“A lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others,” the judgment said.
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SOURCE: Charisma News