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Call the Bearded Man ‘Madam’ — or Else

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By Rod Dreher | 3 October 2019

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE — In Britain, a Christian doctor, David Mackereth, who refused to call transgender patients by their preferred pronoun has been told by an Employment Tribunal that he had better do so, or else:

Andrea Williams, the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said if the decision is upheld it will have “seismic consequences” for anyone in the workplace “who is prepared to believe and say that we are created male and female”.

“It is deeply disturbing that this is the first time in the history of English law that a judge has ruled that free citizens must engage in compelled speech,” she added.

Here is a link to the full ruling of the Employment Tribunal. What follows is from Paragraph 197:

[B]elief in Genesis 1:27, 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, specifically here, transgender individuals.

Think about that. Believing in a fundamental precept of the Christian religion’s anthropology (Gen. 1:27 reads “”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”) is, in the eyes of this agency of the British state, “incompatible with human dignity.” Indeed, this is seismic. Christianity, in this sense, has been judged by the state’s agency as anti-human. Because Dr. Mackereth told the tribunal that he would refuse to address a six-foot bearded man as “Madam.” […]

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