In one of those UK court rulings that probably serve as a warning as to what we can expect here in the U.S. before long, a tribunal panel ruled this week against a doctor suing the Department for Work and Pensions, claiming that the organization violated his rights to freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, and freedom of religion.
Dr. David Mackereth, who used to work for the DWP as a disability assessor, brought a complaint against his former employers that said they had breached the Equality Act by not allowing him to stand by his beliefs: Namely that you cannot merely “say” you are a man when you are quite plainly a woman, and vice versa. His refusal to use transgender pronouns (“I won’t call any 6ft-tall bearded man madam”) got him in hot water with his employers, and he ultimately left the job.
But the panel was unconvinced.
“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 judgement said.
Perhaps there is a kernel of truth to that judgment. For the sake of argument, let’s say there is. Let’s say that it would subject a transgender patient to humiliation if you went on calling them “Mr.” when they are begging you to believe they are a female. Fine.
But where does it actually end? Can you claim to be a dog and then cite “a lack of dignity” when others insist on continuing to act like you’re a human being? Or is it just THIS mental illness that suddenly deserves our – well, not just our respect, but our actual belief! We have to go along with the delusion or lose our jobs? Are you SERIOUS?
“Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended,” Dr. Mackereth said after the ruling. “I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians to speak the truth. If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the UK.”
Unfortunately, the real ramifications of this trend will stretch far beyond medicine and far beyond the shores of the United Kingdom.