No one should be forced into making anything or doing anything against their beliefs! Sadly, Christian bakers Daniel and Amy McArthur from Northern Ireland were taken to court when they refused to make a cake for a gay wedding with a gay marriage slogan.
The owners of Belfast-based Ashers Bakery declined an order placed by gay activist Gareth Lee for a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, claiming the message was inconsistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.
Through the legal proceedings, Asher’s manager Daniel McArthur insisted Mr. Lee’s sexuality was never an issue, rather the message he wanted the bakery to create.
If equality law means people can be punished for politely refusing to support other people’s causes, then equality law needs to change,”-Mr. McArthur said.
This ruling undermines democratic freedom. It undermines religious freedom. It undermines free speech.
He added: What we refused to do was to be involved with promoting a political campaign to change marriage law in Northern Ireland.”
“Because we’re Christians, we support the current law and we felt that making this cake would make us responsible for its message.”
“We wouldn’t decorate a cake with a pornographic picture or with swear words. We wouldn’t even decorate a cake with a spiteful message about gay people because to do so would be to endorse and promote it.”
He added: “In the meantime, other businesses will have to take advice about whether they have to refuse orders that conflict with their conscience or whether they have to be coerced as well into promoting other people’s views.”
But unfortunately, the judge ruled against them and didn’t accept their defense that making this cake would go against their religious beliefs. The rights of the customer to demand any type of cake trumped their right to practice their religion in their own business.
However, this hasn’t impacted their profits. The couple has seven outlets throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. And their 2016 profits were almost $300,000 higher than the prior years.
They may have lost in court, but standing up for their rights and principles apparently has been good for their business!
What happened to: “we have the right to refuse service to anyone.” I don’t want anyone mistreated but I don’t think that you should be able to sue for standing for a religious belief. You want to be except for what you believe but you are willing to take that right away from others who don’t support your lifestyle. That is a double standard and reverse discrimination.
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