It's a sign of things to come – so warns a Christian ethicist after a doctor in the UK lost his job when a tribunal ruled his biblical view of male and female violates human dignity.
"When I first saw this, I thought it was something out of The Babylon Bee or The Onion, some type of satire story, but this is a real story that happened in the UK," said David Closson, director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview at the Family Research Council, during a recent segment on the "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" radio program.
"This is a well-known, well-respected doctor," Closson continued, "and I'm afraid this does appear to be a harbinger … that Christian views and beliefs on marriage and sexuality are increasingly not just seen as outdated, but bigoted and so subversive that they need to be driven from the public square."
The ruling in early October against Dr. David Mackereth said that his "belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism, and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflicts with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here transgender individuals."
Dr. Mackereth was working as a disability benefits assessor. According to CBN News, Mackereth was sacked in June 2018 after being "interrogated" about his personal religious convictions by his superior. He filed suit, and that case was the one recently decided by the tribunal.
"In the years leading up to 2015 and the Obergefell decision that imposed same-sex marriage on all 50 states, we were making these warnings that if this takes place then we're going to be seeing persecution on Christian beliefs on marriage and sexuality," Closson stated on the broadcast.
"We were told, 'Oh, that's a slippery slope argument,' but let me just read the second part of the statement from that tribunal: … 'insofar 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 compatible with human dignity and not in conflict with the fundamental rights of others.'"
"I believe gender is defined by biology and genetics," Mackereth said after losing his case. "As a Christian, the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female."
Indeed, it does: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27)