Gay Activist Talks Straight

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 1, 2016   

Gay advocate changes views and now defends Christian bakers in Northern Ireland

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Belfast (ChurchMilitant.com) - Prominent gay rights advocate Peter Tatchell has changed his mind about a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to put a so-called gay marriage slogan on a cake, and he is now supporting the bakers.

As reported by ChurchMilitant.com last year, when Christian-run Ashers Baking Company in Belfast refused to put the message "Support Gay Marriage" on a cake for gay activist Gareth Lee, the company was sued by Lee for discrimination. Daniel and Amy McArthur, who run the company, were found guilty of discrimination by the court and ordered to pay a fine. Their appeal will be heard in court this week.

In the following video, the McArthurs give a heartwarming account of their trust in God throughout their ordeal as well as offer encouragement to other like-minded citizens to also stand firm in their faith under persecution.

 

But Peter Tatchell, who previously lauded the court's decision, is now saying, "I have changed my mind." He's publicly disagreeing with the verdict. "[T]he court was wrong to penalize Ashers and I was wrong to endorse its decision."

In a recent letter published in The Guardian, Tatchell writes, "It pains me to say this, as a long-time supporter for LGBT [Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender] equality in Northern Ireland."

The court found Ashers Bakery discriminated against Lee because of his sexual orientation and because of his political views.

But Tatchell now believes the court erred in its ruling. "His cake was refused not because he was gay, but because of the message he asked for."

Tatchell further believes there were no grounds for political discrimination either, noting that the judge ruled that Asher had "denied Lee service based on his request for a message supporting same-sex marriage."

It's this verdict Tatchell believes "sets a worrying precedent." Speaking of the anti-discrimination laws of Northern Ireland, Tatchell says they were to keep people from being denied jobs or housing because of sectarian beliefs or politics, adding, "There was never an intention that this law should compel people to promote political ideas with which they disagreed."

This ruling, Tatchell warns, brings up the question: "Should Muslim printers be obliged to publish cartoons of Mohammed?" or "Jewish ones publish the words of a Holocaust denier?" or should "gay bakers accept orders for cakes with homophobic slurs?"

Tatchell concludes his letter, affirming, "In my view, it is an infringement of freedom to require businesses to aid the promotion of ideas to which they conscientiously object. Discrimination against people should be unlawful, but not against ideas."

To learn more about the homosexual agenda in politics, watch "Mic'd Up—Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia."

 

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