A Christian doctor that was barred from becoming a disability assessor after answering hypothetical questions about pronouns has launched an appeal.
Dr David Mackereth was looking to become a disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions, but was rejected because he said he wouldn’t call transgender people by their preferred pronouns, because it goes against his religious and scientific beliefs.
He was consequently thrown off the training course.
The former A & E doctor has taken the matter to court twice, losing both times.
He believes he was discriminated against for his beliefs.
Now, he will take the matter to the Court of Appeals, saying that, if he didn’t, he would be accepting an “Orwellian” world of “compelled speech.”
So far, the judges have argued that the DWP has the right to protect people.
The judgement from his 2019 employment tribunal states: “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.”
However, Dr Mackereth has doubled-down over the last three years.
Speaking after launching his appeal, he said: “My case affects everyone, not just me and Bible-believing Christians, but anyone who is concerned by compelled speech and transgender ideology being enforced on the NHS and other public services.
“Everyone in the NHS should be able to say publicly, without fear, that a person cannot change sex, but instead we are being forced to accept a massive change to our concept of the medical reality of sex, with no scientific basis for that change.”