A Christian doctor in the English Midlands lost his job in a government department after refusing to refer to a theoretical "one-meter-tall bearded man" as a "lady," he heard a court.
Dr. David Mackereth, 56, says he was fired as a disability assessor by the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP) for his religious beliefs.
The father of four claims that he was asked in a conversation with a line manager: "If you have a tall man, six feet with a beard, who says he wants to be called" she "and" lady ", would you do that?"
Mackereth, an evangelist who now works as an emergency doctor, claims that his contract was interrupted for his refusal to use transgender pronouns.
He claims to have been fired "not because of realistic concerns about the rights and sensibilities of transgender individuals, but because of my refusal to make an abstract ideological commitment".
The doctor is now suing the government in a labor court for discrimination based on his religious beliefs. The Birmingham audition was told of how Mackereth believes that transgenderism is a "delusional belief" and an "ideology that I don't believe and hate".
In a statement, he told the court: "If you believe in gender fluency, gender is nothing but your own fantasy about yourself".
The shameful theologian and Christian, who has 30 years of medical experience, secured a job as a health and disability assessor in an assessment center in May 2018.
He told the court that he was suspended the following month after being "interrogated" by his boss, James Owen, for refusing to "call a six foot tall bearded man" madam "on his whim." The doctor states that he was told that it was "overwhelmingly probable" to lose his job unless he agreed.
Mackereth left his role on June 25, 2018, after an e-mail exchange with Owen in which he was ordered to follow the "process as discussed in your training".
The e-mail said: "However, if you do not want to do it, we will respect your decision and your right to leave your contract."
I appreciate that in the current political climate, some people … may find my offensive convictions
Mackereth insists that he has not resigned from his position and is a victim of direct discrimination and harassment.
He said at the hearing: "The very fact that a doctor can be removed from the workshop for an urgent interrogation of his convictions on gender fluency is both absurd and very sinister, even more so if it translates into a dismissal.
"If something similar happened in a church – people who were pulled out of a desk, interrogated and then excommunicated – would be seen as an outrageous example of religious intolerance and bigotry".
The DWP claims that Mackereth's views are in violation of the 2010 equality law. The APM, the recruiting company that hired the doctor, was also sued for religious discrimination.
The company claims that the doctor's beliefs "are not compatible with human dignity".
In his statement, Mackereth said: "I appreciate that in the current political climate, some people, including some who believe they are transgendered, can find my offensive convictions.
"However, in a free society, this is not a sufficient reason to censure my beliefs and force me to act contrary to my conscience.
"Furthermore, as a doctor, my responsibility is always to act in good conscience in the best interests of the patients – not to adopt various fantasies, prejudices or disappointments, to avoid offense at all costs."
Mackereth added that his intrinsic belief is that transgenderism is a "rebellion against God, which is both useless and sinful".
He said: "I am, of course, aware that there are men or women who believe they have been trapped in the wrong body, and I do not doubt the sincerity of their beliefs. A small number of these people have always existed. Until recently long ago, such a belief was considered by doctors to be a delirium and a symptom of a medical disorder.