A Christian doctor in England has apparently lost his job because he refused to acquiesce to politically correct nonsense.
Dr David Mackereth, 56, claims he was sacked as a disability benefits assessor by the Department of Work and Pensions over his religious beliefs.
The father-of-four alleges he was asked in a conversation with a line manager: “If you have a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’, would you do that?”
Dr Mackereth, an evangelist who now works as an emergency doctor in Shropshire, claims his contract was then terminated over his refusal to use transgendered pronouns.
He argues that he was dismissed “not because of any realistic concerns over the rights and sensitivities of transgender individuals, but because of my refusal to make an abstract ideological pledge”.
The doctor is now suing the government at an employment tribunal for discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief.
There's more at the link.
Frankly, I think the good doctor is arguing along the wrong lines. He may feel that his religious beliefs are being discriminated against, but even worse than that, scientific fact is being discriminated against as well. As we've discussed several times before on this blog (most recently just last month), one's sex is determined by chromosomes, not by feelings. It doesn't matter how much one "feels like" or "wants to be" a different gender than one's physical sex; the chromosomes are the final and ultimate arbiter. That's the plain and simple truth of the matter, and all the waffle in the world about gender being different from sex, or psychological and/or psychiatric factors being determinants of one's gender, won't change that. Science is science. Facts are facts. Chromosomes are chromosomes. Ain't no arguing with any of them, no matter how much some might wish to do so.
If I encountered "a man six foot tall with a beard who says he wants to be addressed as ‘she’ and ‘Mrs’," my immediate response would be to refer them for psychiatric evaluation and mental health intervention. Medical and scientific reality demands no less.