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Ashers To Ashers: Northern Ireland cakes shop makes muppets for Christians

by | 19th, March 2015


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Ashers Baking Company didn’t want to bake a cake decorated with slogans supporting gay marriage. The Northern Ireland bakery doesn’t want to make a statement about gay marriage, which remains illegal in the country.  It also goes againt their religious convictions as Christians. So. Thanks for your enquiry but no thanks.

The shop named after one of the 12 tribes of Israel thanks you for your interest.

That would be the end of it. But Ashers, based in Newtownabbey, upset / annoyed / triggered LGBT activist Gareth Lee. He wanted a cake with Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, the slogan “support gay marriage” and the logo of campaigning group QueerSpace. And he complained that he had “suffered unlawful religious, political and sexual orientation discrimination”.

But was he really treated less favourably by Ashers than they would treat heterosexuals asking for the same cake? Was he refused because he was gay? No. He wasn’t. The shop will serve gays.

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland wrote to Ashers. It said Ashers was discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation. And that’s a crime. Ashers should “remedy your illegal discrimination” within seven days or be taken to court.

A spokesman for the Rainbow Project tells Russia Today :

“The Equality Commission have made a very reasoned application of the law and were right to say legally the bakery was wrong to deny service to this customer. We’re in an untenable situation here where a Northern Irish gay couple can go anywhere else in the UK and get married, but when they return home their marriage is reclassified as a civil partnership without their consent. This throws up all sorts of constitutional issues for the UK.”

But the cake, dude. This is about Ashers and their rights to be free willed.

Human rights lawyer Aidan O’Neill QC says that is Ashers wins there is legal defence for “a Muslim printer refusing a contract requiring the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed”.

That sound fair enough. There are other printers. There are other bakers.

Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, is upset:

 “This is a truly alarming case with far-reaching implications for freedom of speech. It’s wrong for the law to force people to say things they don’t believe. Ashers serve gay customers all the time. But they didn’t want to promote gay marriage.”

Cranmer notes:

The most important fact to establish,

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