By Jonathon Van Maren
Last year, I wrote about a story out of the United Kingdom, where a Reformed Baptist doctor was fired from his job as a medical assessor after declining to embrace the new ideology of gender fluidity—specifically, when his manager asked him if he would be willing to call a 6-foot-tall bearded man “madam,” he stated that he would not. Dr. David Mackareth had worked as an emergency doctor for the National Health Service for 26 years, and he took his case to court. On October 1, however, a British court essentially rules that Mackareth’s believe in the truth of the Bible was “incompatible with human dignity.” From The Daily Wire:
The court’s ruling stated: “Belief 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.” The court added. “… in so far as those beliefs form part of his wider faith, his wider faith also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.”
Mackareth, who is planning to appeal this ruling, responded by noting how dangerous of a precedent this court decision sets for Christians in a number of fields:
I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling. No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex. Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.
As I wrote in my 2016 book The Culture War, the Sexual Revolution has pit sexual freedoms against the freedoms we have long taken for granted: Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association. At the moment, right across the West, these new sexual freedoms—and the coming years will surely produce more of them—are eroding and replacing those fundamental freedoms necessary for our society to flourish.