A British medical doctor was fired from his job at a government office because he believes gender is determined at birth.
Dr David Mackereth (56) refused to call “any six-foot-tall bearded man ‘madam’” he said. During a consultation with a transgender person, he ignored the person’s preferred personal pronoun, the BBC reported.
Mackereth – a father of four – was heard at an employment tribunal in Birmingham on Wednesday after he was dismissed from his job as a health and disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions.
The accused is an experienced emergency department doctor. He explained to the tribunal that shortly after his appointment in May 2018, he was asked by his line manager, James Owen: “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’, would you do that?”
He responded that he would not do so. Owen then warned him he was “overwhelmingly likely” to lose his job unless he changed his convictions, and in June 2018, the doctor alleged that he was dismissed.
Mackereth had received a warning letter from the Department in which he was instructed to follow the “process as discussed in your training”, to which the doctor replied: “I am a Christian and in good conscience cannot do what the DWP is requiring of me.”
He says he has become a victim of harassment and discrimination and told the tribunal on Wednesday that he was dismissed because he had refused to conform to the Department’s ideological bias.
“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.”
He concluded: “What I object to is being forced to do violence to language and common sense, in a ritual denial of an obvious truth, for the sake of an ideology which I disbelieve and detest.
“The very fact a doctor can be pulled off the shop floor for an urgent interrogation about his beliefs on gender fluidity is both absurd and very sinister.”
Mackereth also pointed out that the recognition of transgenderism was not “normal” and that “such delusional beliefs” were being “accepted at face value” and was not the result of “scientific evidence” but “political pressure”.
His case is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, whose chief executive Andrea Williams described the doctor as “a Christian hero who chose to sacrifice his distinguished professional career rather than compromise on the Bible and his conscience”.
The tribunal is ongoing. Mackereth now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire.