UK doc uses Jesus to defend his position on gender issues

UK doc uses Jesus to defend his position on gender issues July 9, 2019

CHRISTIAN Concern, defender of ‘persecuted’ Christians in the UK, has just found itself a new client: Dr David Mackereth, 56, who was sacked from his government post after refusing to identify clients by their chosen gender instead of their biological sex.

Mackereth and Christian Concern’s deranged CEO Andrea Minichiello Williams. Images via YouTube/Christian Concern

Concerns were raised after Mackereth, began working as a Health and Disability Assessor at the Department for Work and Pensions in June 2018. He was told his reports must refer to clients by their preferred pronouns, regardless of their gender.

Mackereth, who had been an A & E doctor for 26 years, challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, at Birmingham Employment Tribunal this week over his sacking.

He is contesting his dismissal on the grounds that his freedom of speech, conscience and religion had been violated.

Mackereth maintained that using transgender pronouns was against his conscience as a doctor and a Bible-believing Christian. This led to the suspension of his contract.

Several requests were made by the company’s employment agency for Mackereth to comply with the DWP’s requirements, to which he responded:

I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He made all things including/especially mankind. We read that He made them “male and female” (Genesis chapter 1 verse 27). In good conscience I believe that gender is determined by biology and genetics, and I see no reason to be in any way ashamed of that.

He was dismissed from his post a week later.

The DWP declared that failing to accommodate clients’ preferences would amount to “harassment” under the Equality Act.

His legal case is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Christian Concern’s a sister organisation.

Image via YouTube/Christian Concern

CC’s Head of Public Policy Tim Dieppe, above, said:

If somebody presents to Dr Mackereth who is obviously biological male, he would want to refer to them as male because that’s who they are and that’s who God made them to be and that’s the reality biologically, obviously he’s a doctor, he’s treating them biologically as well and therefore he should be allowed to do that.

Dieppe said the government demand for compelled speech contradicts the right to freedom of speech.

It’s a very draconian position that the government is putting forward here against him and shows the kind of totalitarian system we’re coming to – compelled speech, which has to overthrow freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, all in one go.

Dieppe argued that doctors need to know the biological sex of a person in order to medically treat them for certain medical conditions such as breast cancer, that could be overlooked in transgender presenting patients.

This sort of denial of reality of who people are makes a mockery of medicine and ends up causing medical problems and conscience problems and freedom of religion problems for lots of people.

Christian Concern loses more cases than it ever wins. Here’s hoping that this one will be notched up as another loss for the bigots who run this foul outfit.


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  • CoastalMaineBird

    Are there any pictures of that Minichiello woman where she DOESN”T look like she escaped from a bad vampire movie?

    I haven’t seen one.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    It’s such a burden to treat others with basic courtesy.

  • sweeks

    I have dental concerns about the guy from “Christian Concerns”.
    (Yes, I’m a dentist.)

  • Mark Palmer
  • LeekSoup

    Just once I’d like to hear of Christians here in the UK being “persecuted” for standing up for the poor, marginalised and oppressed. But, no, it’s always because they want to impose their opinions on gay or trans people. It’s tiresome.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Yet another case of a fundgelical who doesn’t want to do all the tasks he was hired to do, but believes that he should keep drawing a full paycheck, because Christian Privilege.

  • phatkhat

    Bachmann eyes. The religious fundy women all seem to have them, and most of the men, as well. Her counterpart there looks pretty fiendish, himself. Shudder.

  • phatkhat

    If dental care in the UK is as expensive as it is here, and insurance doesn’t pay half… I have dreadful teeth, but can’t afford the dentist. At least I still have teeth, at 71.

  • Michael Neville

    Freedom of religion has come to mean using religion as an excuse to harass and bully people.

  • sweeks

    They don’t have to look great to be healthy… you just need to do the daily maintenance.
    “Be true to your teeth or they’ll be false to you!”

    BTW, if you live near a dental school you may find more reasonably-priced care. I’m on the faculty of a state school… care isn’t free, but it’s much less expensive than private practice.

  • phatkhat

    The front ones look okay, but the back ones are disintegrating. Both parents had dentures already in their 40s, so I guess I’m lucky. No dental schools – I live waaay in the boonies. LOL, every now and then I think I’ve gotten an olive pit or something, and it’s just another piece of broken off tooth.

  • Jim Jones

    Dollar Tree sells fluoride mouthwash.

  • If this “God” made me, then he made me to be non-binary. To closet myself would be a sin.

  • And in this case, disabled people, as well.

  • phatkhat

    Well, that’s helpful. Not. First, I’m allergic to fluoride. Second, it wouldn’t help the problems I have. If Medicare covered dental care like it ought to, I’d be okay. We have dental insurance, but it doesn’t pay much. It never does. Dental care is a bigger racket than medical care.

  • Jim Jones

    Deamonte Driver. Hard to forget.

  • Dieppe argued that doctors need to know the biological sex of a person in order to medically treat them for certain medical conditions…

    Which may sound reasonable on the surface, but that’s what medical records are for. Anything that’s relevant will be noted when it’s relevant. Besides which, many transgender people take hormones, and hormone levels (aside from being an aspect of biological sex) have a larger impact on most medical conditions than designated birth sex. And that’s not even getting into the effects of surgeries.

    For instance, there appears to be a link between estrogen and breast cancer risk. Estrogen levels would be rather high in a trans woman on hormone therapy, but he’d consider her a “man” and therefore presumably low risk. A trans man, though, even if he’s had most of his breast tissue removed, would still be a “woman” to Dieppe. Simplistic views of biological sex get things backwards.

    More to the point, though, none of this has anything to do with pronouns. People often call cars and boats “she”, for crying out loud, and I don’t see anyone arguing that they have a female biological sex.

  • persephone

    Have you noticed that the kind of people freaking out over gender look exactly like the kind of people you want out of the gene pool?

  • barriejohn