Christian bakers face court action after refusing to make cake promoting same sex ‘marriage’
Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission has threatened to take legal action against a Christian-run bakery after it refused to bake a cake with the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage.’
The owners of Asher Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, said they were unable to produce the cake because it conflicted with their Biblical belief that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.
Volunteer LGBT activist Gareth Lee, who placed the order, also wanted a picture of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie in an embrace, and a logo of the homosexual pressure group, QueerSpace.
Management informed Mr Lee that the bakery, owned by the McArthy familiy, would be unable to make the cake on the basis of a conscientious objection, and offered to give him a full refund.
But the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland wrote to the bakery claiming that it had discriminated against Mr Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Commission threated to take the McArthy family to court if they failed to remedy their “illegal discrimination” within seven days.
They are being supported in their case by the Christian Institute.
“We thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs, certainly was in contradiction with what the Bible teaches”, Daniel McArthy said:
“We are Christians and our Christianity reaches to every point of our lives, whether that’s at home or in the day-to-day running of the business.”
“Unsettling and disruptive”
He added: “Although we have found this experience certainly unsettling and disruptive to our day-to-day business, we are certainly convinced that we have made the right decision, and we continue to take the stance that we do take.”
“This is a sign of things to come exactly as we predicted,” Colin Hart, chief executive of the Christian Institute said.
He added: “The Government repeatedly failed to listen to members of the public, lawyers, constitutional experts even its own MPs when they called for safeguards to protect those who back traditional marriage, especially those who work in the public sector.
“This means millions of ordinary people who do not agree with gay marriage, face intimidation and the real threat of legal action from the forces of political correctness if they, out of conscience, decline to provide good or services to campaign groups they do not agree with or support.
“It establishes a dangerous precedent about the power of the state over an individual, or business to force them to go against their deeply held beliefs.”
Culled from: http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/christian-bakers-face-court-action-after-refusing-to-make-cake-promot