Doctor challenges ruling on use of transgender language

Mar 28, 2022 by

from the Religion Media Centre:

The Christian Legal Centre is defending a doctor who lost his job after he refused to identify trans people by their chosen gender. Dr David Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist, was a medical assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions in 2018, when he was asked by his manager how he would address a man six foot tall with a beard who wanted to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’. He said he couldn’t comply, was sacked and took the case to an employment tribunal. He lost and was told his belief was not protected under the 2010 Equality Act as it was ‘mere opinion”.  It is this ruling that is to be challenged this week.

Christian Concern says:

Pray for David Mackereth, taking his case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal today

You may remember the case of Dr David Mackereth, an A&E doctor who was sacked as a medical assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions for refusing to use ‘transgender pronouns’.

In July 2019, an Employment Tribunal ruled that his belief in Genesis 1:27 – that God made humans male and female – was “mere opinion”, not protected by the Equality Act, and furthermore “incompatible with human dignity” and not “worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

His case is one that affects all Christians as, if this ruling stands, it could effectively put ‘transgender rights’ ahead of freedom of conscience. This could enable employers to compel Christians to lie about a person’s sex or gender. This means anyone who holds to the Biblical view of sex and gender could be discriminated against, as their view is not protected by the Equality Act.

Our Christian Legal Centre is supporting David as he seeks to overturn this anti-Christian ruling at the Employment Appeal Tribunal today and tomorrow (Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 March).

Please pray for David and the Christian Legal Centre, as our team supports him. Could you make a gift today to help us stand with people like David?

Find out more about David’s case


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