The National Health Service in the United Kingdom fired a Christian doctor who refused to identify transgender patients by their chosen pronouns.
David Mackereth, who worked for the NHS for 26 years, told the Telegraph that the British government denied him his rights to freedom of speech based on his faith.
Mackereth had been training to become a health and disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions when the instructor stated that all clients and patients interviewed and reported on must be addressed by their preferred gender.
“I said that I had a problem with this. I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female. I could have kept my mouth shut. But it was the right time to raise it,” Mackereth told the Telegraph. “The tutor took me aside and said he had passed my comments up the chain to the DWP.” . . .
“I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But, I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief,” Mackareth said. “I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going.” (Read more from “Government Fires Doctor for Refusing to Identify Transgender Patients by Their Chosen Pronouns” HERE)