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The Great Gay Cake Scandal

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Bakery Sued For Refusing to Produce Pro-Gay Marriage Cake

Sesame Street' Bert and Ernie, not gay, not straight, they're puppets

A bakery in Belfast being sued after its owners declined an order for a cake with the words “support gay marriage” on it.

Staff at Ashers Bakery initially accepted the order but when it was reviewed by the owners they felt the cake would cause them to go against their Christian beliefs, according to the Daily Mail.

In the past, Christians have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to cater for Civil Partnership ceremonies, but this is thought to be the first time a Christian has been sued for refusing to campaign in favour of gay rights. The case is that the cake in question was not for a wedding or civil ceremony, but for a political event organised by gay activists campaigning to have same sdex unions made legal in Northern Ireland.

The dispute began in May when an activist from QueerSpace ordered a cake supporting gay marriage and featuring two characters from Sesame Street from Ashers, a business whose owners are known to be evangelical Christians. The family that own the shop decided they were unwilling to make the cake as have done before when asked to produce cakes they deemed to be obscene. Due to modern icing methods the cakes could in theory have almost any picture put on them.

It should be noted here that the Sesame Streeet characters, Bert and Ernie, are covered by copyright, and the makers of the show, which is aimed at pre school children, have previously stated in reponse to previous efforts from the gay rights lobby to sexualise the characters, stated: "Bert and Ernie are best friends. Bert and Ernie are not gay or straight, they're puppets, they don't exist below the waist."

Personally I have always found the determination of gay activists to sexualise chilrens' television or fictional characters quite disturbing. In more reasonable times the gay community were very eager to dispel certain myths by explaining that being homosexual did not make one a paedophile. As the gay rights lobby have moved more towrds fascism however, they now are determined at all costs to sexualise childhood. The backlash, when it comes, could push homosexuality back into the closet or worse.

The McArthur family who own Asher's are fortunately not so extreme, they only want their feelings to be treated with equal sensitivity as those of the gay rights whiners. Mr McArthur said: "I would like the outcome of this to be that any Christians running a business could be allowed to follow their Christian beliefs and principles in the day-to-day running of the business and that they are allowed to make decisions based on that."

The legal duty to produce campaign material for a group you strong disagree with is likely to be fought all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Christian Who Asked Gay Rights Bakery to Bake Anti-Gay Marriage Cake Faces Legal Action

Bakeries in the USA and Britain that have refused to bake cakes for same sex weddings or supporting gay marriage political campaigns have been prosecuted as have caterers who refuse to work for same sex marriage celebrations. But now a bakery which refused to make a cake with an anti-gay wedding message has found itself at the centre of controversy. Unlike mirror image cases in which Christian bakers have been taken to court for refusing to bake pro-gay marriage cakes, this time, it is the Christian to tried to place the order who may face legal action.

The latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between Christians and gay rights campaigners began when pastor Josh Feuerstein called Cut the Cake in Longwood, Florida to request a sheet cake with the slogan “We do not support gay marriage” written on it.

Sharon Haller, owner of Cut the Cake, who took the call, asked Feuerstein whether the request was a prank (it took place on April 1st), before refusing to bake the cake saying “We wouldn’t do that, sorry”. She then hung up without explaining her reasons.

The call was recorded by Feuerstein who then gave his views on the gay-rights-versus-non-gay-civil-liberties debate currently taking place.

“It obviously violates her principles, so she doesn’t feel like she should be forced to make the cake. And yet there is all of this hoopla because Christian bakeries think that they shouldn’t be forced,” he said. “We’re getting to the place in America now where Christians are not allowed any form of freedom of speech. “Have we gotten to the point in America where the left is so ‘open minded’ that they’re close minded to anybody that doesn’t agree with them, or is America big enough for different points of view? Christian bakeries should never be forced to do something that violates their Christian principles. That’s not American. “I love gay people. This is nothing against gay people. This is about religious freedom.”

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Top Judge: Militant Atheists Who Silence Christians Are as Bad as Oppressive Tudor Monarchs

Militant atheists and gay rights campaigners who try to silence Christian views are as bad as Tudor monarchs who executed thousands of religions dissenters, a senior british judge has said. Sir Michael Tugendhat, who has recently retired as a High Court judge, said that human rights law all too often trump the rights of Christians, and they fail to guarantee protection for religious views.

Speaking at Tyburn Convent, near the historic Tyburn execution site where hundreds of Catholics were put to death for their religious beliefs, Sir Michael compared the attacks on Christianity today to the way Queen Elizabeth I and Lord Burghley oppressed Roman Catholics. A leading newspaper quotes him as saying: “Those who are hostile to belief in a superhuman being or to religious practices, I am afraid, sometimes exhibit an attitude to freedom of religion and freedom of speech which is as restrictive of that of Elizabeth I or Burghley.

"They seek to limit those freedoms to the private sphere, but that is a denial of the rights that these freedoms enshrine and that is what the puritans and reformers such as John Lilburn and Thomas Helwys fought against. Their fight was ultimately successful, as we all know, but at enormous personal cost."

He added: "The terrible story of the Tudor-Stuart religious divisions should be a reminder that freedom which is confined entirely to the privacy of a person’s home is a form of oppression. The fact that states recognise human rights and natural rights and even the fact that they may enshrine them in their laws doesn’t mean they always respect them. Secularism comes in different forms. It can be neutral, as it usually is in the United States and sometimes is in France, but it can also stand for hostility to belief in the superhuman."

He also said that lawsuits involving religion were virtually unheard of when he began his career, but have become increasingly frequent over the past decade and a half. Where in the past legal cases were usually about blasphemy of heresy, now they are more often about attemps by militant gays and left wing extremists to suppress Christian's right of free speech. Stangely the opposition of extremists to the right to express opinions they do not approve of or 'hate speech' as the left styles it. Strangely the opposition to hate speech does not extend to the rabid preaching onf Muslim extremists who call for their supporters to "kill all infidels."

Over the past decade, judges have repeatedly ruled that equality laws take precedence over the rights of Christians, even when the judgement has gone way beyond what could reasonably be termed equality. Cases include British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida, who was told she could not wear a cross while at work, although the decision was later reversed by the European Court of Human Rights.

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Christian Bakery Guilty of Discrimination for Refusing Pro-Gay Marriage Cake Order

The Gay cake - a clear breach of copyright

Christian bakery Ashers in Belfast has been found guilty of discrimination for declining an order for a cake bearing the slogan “support gay marriage”. The ruling was handed down by District Judge Isobel Brownlie following three days of evidence at Belfast County Court, Northern Ireland, in March.

Gay rights activist Gareth Lee placed the order for the cake, which also featured Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie with Ashers Baking Company, which employs 80 people across nine branches and delivers across the UK and Ireland. Founder and owner Karen McArthur, a born-again Christian, at first accepted the order, but two days later phoned Mr Lee to inform him that the company would not be able to fulfil the order. He subsequently had the cake made by another company.

During the evidence sessions, Mr Lee told the court that the McArthur’s refusal to make the cake had left him feeling like a lesser person (oh the poor little darling!). "I wasn’t worthy of service because they were Christian. That was the message that struck me. It made me feel not worthy, like I’m a lesser person and to me that is wrong," he said. This publication feels he proved himself a lesser persom, a mean spirited little bigot, by not having the maturity to walk away and go elsewhere. In fact subsequent events show he selected Ashers because he knew they were evangelical Christians who opposed same sex marriage

The case was brought on behalf of Mr Lee by the Ulster Gay Fascist Northern Ireland Equality Commission, which monitors compliance with the region’s anti-discrimination laws.

Mrs McArthur told the court that she had initially taken the order to avoid embarrassment or confrontation, but knew that her company would not be able to complete it. The family, who are all devout Christians, discussed how to proceed amongst themselves before deciding to decline the order. They told the judge they “could not stand before God” and produce a cake which declared support for same sex marriage.

Speaking ahead of the judgement, Ashers’ General Manager Daniel McArthur said: “Our faith is very important to us; it determines how we live, how we bring up our children, how we run our business, how we meet and how we engage with other people in society, so yes we can’t leave it out whenever we go to work in the morning.

“It’s been a difficult and exhausting time for us as a family but God has been faithful to us. And He has given us the strength to deal with this, and we know and trust in Him that going forward He will continue to give us His strength.”

Ashers was supported by The Christian Institute which funded their defence.

The Institute’s Deputy Director Simon Calvert commented: "The McArthurs, like countless other Christian business owners across the country, simply want to live and work in accordance with their Christian beliefs – beliefs which have long had a positive influence on Western culture and history."

The case has prompted calls for a “conscience clause” to be included in equality legislation. Sinn Fein has vowed to veto the clause.

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Oregon bakery that refused same-sex couple owes $135,000 in damages

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his page started by looking as a case of personal liberty versus gay fascism in Belfast, Northern Ireland but looks set to spread in all directions. While the Belfast Gay Cake case was, to the best of our knowledge, the first of its kind in Britain, there have already been a number of high profile cases in which the authorities have deemed that gay bitchiness trumps the civil rights of straight people, mostly in the USA. We look at the personal consequences of upsetting the gay fascists for the owners of a small business in Oregon, USA.

The damages awarded to Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryerare for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for the lesbian couple. A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organisations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal,” Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian said in the final order. Since then the ruling has been upheld by higher courts but the obscene level of damages awarded, plus the burden of costs forced Sweet Cakes by Melissa out of business. The bakers always maintained their refusal to bake for the couple was prompted by religious beliefs. The case has now been cited in the increasingly acrimonious national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays. Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein closed their Gresham store in 2013 and operate the business from home. They can still file an appeal with the Oregon court of appeals but due to the state justice system having been hijacked by political activists are unlikley obtain relief through the courts. One of the Kleins’ attorneys, Anna Harmon, criticised the order, saying it was a case of "an overpowered elected official using his position to root out thought and speech with which he personally disagrees". Avakian’s order is unconstitutional, Harmon said, because "the right to speak freely, to think uniquely, and to live according to our faith is the bedrock of this country". But Jeana Frazzini, co-director of the gay-rights group Basic Rights Oregon, praised the order. "This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they are and whom they love is hurtful and wrong," she said in a statement. In a nutshell, the ruling means that while a celebration cake baker could refuse my order for a cake in the colours of the Union Flag with the slogan "Britannia Rules", because it is UnAmerican, they would not dare refuse an order for a rainbow flag cake with the slogan "gay sex is best". Where is the fairness in that?

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Gay Marriage Cake: UK Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Christian Bakers

In a rare outbreak of common sense, the UK’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favour of Northern Irish bakers who, because of the owners' Christian faith, declined to make and decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage message "Support Same Sex Marriage." It should be made clear from the outset, this was not a wedding cake for the marriage of a same sex couple, but was intended to be served as part of a political event aimed at putting pressure on the legislature in Northern Ireland to make same sex marriage legal. The bakery owners, Daniel and Amy McArthur, heralded the decision as a victory for free speech. After a five year legal battleBritain’s highest court ruled Wednesday morning that it was not discriminatory for Ashers Bakery, run by the Amy McArthurs, to refuse to produce the cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” because it was the message of the case that they objected to, not the sexual orientation of the customer, the BBC reported. The Supreme Court judgement was read by the presiding justice, Lady Hale, who said of the decision arrived at by the five justices that the McArthurs “would have refused to make such a cake for any customer, irrespective of their sexual orientation. Their objection was to the message on the cake, not to the personal characteristics of [customer, Gareth] Lee.” “Accordingly, this court holds that there was no discrimination on the ground of the sexual orientation of Mr Lee,” Lady Hale ruled. “We are grateful to the judges and especially to God. We are particularly pleased the Supreme Court judges emphatically accepted what we’ve said all along. We did not turn down the order because of the person who made it but because of the message itself,” Mr McArthur said outside of London’s High Court following the ruling.



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