Gay cake: why don’t CofE bishops care about freedom of religion?

Oct 11, 2018 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

It was a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court. The queer case of the ‘gay cake’ has been rumbling on for four long years, and the highest court in the land has finally decreed that Christians may not be coerced to propagate a political or religious message which offends against their conscience: illegal discrimination does not extend to compelled speech. In their place of business, Ashers Bakery, the McArthur family had rights to free expression and freedom of conscience not to express a view with which they did not agree.

“It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny someone a service because of that person’s race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any of the other protected personal characteristics,” the judgment said. “But that is not what happened in this case and it does the project of equal treatment no favors to seek to extend it beyond its proper scope.”

A five-judge panel of Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Hodge and Lady Black made the decision, and it was unanimous. That is significant: there was no conservative-liberal split; no ‘swing vote’ making it a product of partisan deliberation. It was consistent and undisputed.

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