There is nowhere to hide from the sanctimonious and the censorious once you put yourself in the hands of our broadcast media. Dr David Mackereth, whose day in court we reported on yesterday, agreed with the best of intentions to be interviewed by ITV’s Good Morning Britain before he started giving evidence.
You can watch the interview here.
The ‘aggrieved’ – remember Dr Mackereth was sacked by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for telling the truth – was immediately turned by the hectoring presenter Piers Morgan into the aggressor.
I have a couple of questions I would like to put to Mr Morgan if he cares to look back at his shameless bullying (sorry, interview).
Who was being the nasty censorious one? Not, I think, the kindly and self-critical Dr Mackereth.
Who was making it clear that unless you lie, deny your conscience and/or your faith, or shut up, you are (or will be cast) a bigot? Not Dr Mackereth.
Morgan and co-presenter Susanna Reid were hostile from the start, treating Dr Mackereth as the guilty party. In an extraordinary sleight of speciousness, Morgan conflated Christianity with the Old Testament to try to accuse the avowedly Christian (that’s the New Testament, Piers) doctor of believing that adulterers should be stoned. Clearly he does not. He agreed only that it was written in the Old Testament.
Where in the New Testament does Jesus advocate stoning? Perhaps someone could remind Piers of what Jesus actually said, which was that he who is without sin should cast the first stone.
If that was not enough, Morgan asked, apropos of nothing, whether Dr Mackereth was guilty of lust. Dr Mackereth, being the most honest of Christians, said he too was a sinner. Unfortunately Morgan has a long way to go in his religious education to understand that this doesn’t make Dr Makereth a hypocrite – the point I suppose he was trying to prove. Nor does his scientifically and faith-based view that there are two sexes, male and female, which are not interchangeable or neutral however many ‘transition’ procedures are conducted, make Mackereth a bigot.
The bottom line of Morgan’s sickening argument is that the rights of victims (at least those chosen by such as Piers to be defined as victims) trump the truth and freedom of speech. The logic being that unless we are prepared to become co-dependants of, or accessories to, a fundamental lie, we are ‘bigoted’ and will be cast out.
I don’t think you can get much more bigoted than that.
It is somewhat ironic that David Mackereth should have become the living embodiment of his own neo-Orwellian tale, Big Sibling is Watching You. Big Sibling, in the person of Piers Morgan, was certainly watching him, and all of us, yesterday.
You can read Dr Mackereth’s fable here. It reveals the thoughtfulness of the man that the arrogant Mr Morgan made no attempt to explore.