If a Christian doctor can be forced to deny biology, there is no hope for theology

Jul 18, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

Piers Morgan has some robust views about religion and sexual-reproductive morality, and if you happen not to agree with his perfectly enlightened worldview, you are a lunatic, a bigot, or a peddler of hate (or all three). He likes to interrogate people’s dogma and expose intolerance wherever it may be found, especially if it adds to Good Morning Britain’s viewing figures or boosts his 6.72m Twitter horde. It is no surprise, therefore, that a Christian doctor who refused to call a 6ft bearded man ‘madam’ has tickled Torquemorgan’s self-promoting antennae.

Dr David Mackereth, a Christian, has spent 20 years as an NHS doctor in A&E. He then became a benefits assessor in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). In an interview in the Daily Mail, he explains how a tall bearded man came to him for assessment and insisted on being addressed as ‘Mrs’ and ‘she’, which Dr Mackereth declined to do. He was duly sacked from his job with the DWP for transgressing transgender rights and breaching the provisions of the 2010 Equality Act.

O, hang on. That’s not quite what happened. There was no actual tall bearded man who insisted on being addressed by female pronouns: it was just a DWP diversity training exercise:

The doctor alleged that during his two-week training he was asked this hypothetical question in June last year, just four days into the job: ‘If you have a man, 6ft tall with a beard, who says he wants to be addressed as “she” and “Mrs”, would you do that?’

When Dr Mackereth, from Dudley in the West Midlands, said his religious conscience would not let him do so, he claims he was dismissed.

Then Piers Morgan duly branded him a ‘bigot’ on national TV, and now Dr Mackereth, supported through an Employment Tribunal by Christian Concern, fears he may never work as a doctor again. He reasons:

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