” In Gaystapoland Gay rights are special rights which trump the human rights of persons who are not LGBTQ or supporters of LGBTQ”
If a society claims that homosexuality is normal what the christian bakers in the article below experience is logical and will be typical.
School curricula and churches will also be forced to align with this definition of normal.
Under the rule of law an individual or institution cannot discriminate against that which is normal and lawful.
This is what the US, UK , EU and UN would like to see happen in Jamaica.
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The real victims of bigotry: A family of bakers dragged to court and how opponents of gay marriage are being persecuted – even though the Tories vowed to protect them
By ANDREW PIERCE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 23:22 GMT, 6 November 2014 | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 7 November 2014
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When the Bill to legalise gay marriage was debated by MPs, the then Tory Cabinet minister Maria Miller insisted that anybody who opposed the plan to change the centuries-old definition of marriage would not be subjected to any discrimination.
She pledged: ‘The Government is clear that the Bill does not prevent people, whether at work or outside, from expressing their belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
‘In no way will the measure undermine those who believe, for whatever reason, that marriage should be between a man and a woman. That is their right.’
Sadly, this claim by the hapless Ms Miller was almost as inaccurate as her parliamentary expenses – which led to her resignation as Culture Secretary.
For, despite gay marriage becoming legal, the Government’s vow that there would be no discrimination against those who opposed it on moral grounds has turned out just like so many other empty promises made by politicians.
Take, for example, the owners of a small bakery, Ashers, who have fallen foul of the new law, which was intended to boost equality, but which, ironically, has fostered resentment and hostility.
Their crime? The McArthur family, devout Presbyterians who own the company, refused to bake a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.
The cake was to be the focus of a civic event in Belfast, staged by the gay rights pressure group Queerspace to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The well-known beliefs of the McArthurs in the area must lead to questions about why the Queerspace activist who ordered the cake chose the bakery in the first place.
Religion is very important to the family. The bakery takes its name, Asher, from one of Jacob’s 12 sons who feature in the Book of Genesis.
The request for the cake came with specific instructions: it was to contain images of Bert and Ernie (characters from the children’s TV show Sesame Street who have long been presumed to be gay), the logo of Queerspace and the slogan: Support Gay Marriage.
After the order was rejected, Queerspace could have gone to another supplier and if it still felt offended, it could have urged its supporters to boycott Ashers.
But, instead, a complaint was lodged with the taxpayer-funded Equalities Commission, Northern Ireland.
This body, set up by the last Labour government under its controversial human rights legislation, decided to proceed with the case and sue the bakery for discrimination, on the grounds of ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘political belief’.
The decision has triggered disbelief across the political spectrum, not least because Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where politicians have voted not to introduce gay marriage.
But the commission, which has an annual budget of £6.5 million and employs 110 people, is proud of its support of same-sex marriage.
On its website, it says: ‘The commission supports the introduction of legislation permitting same-sex marriage with sufficient safeguards for religious organisations.’
But what about the human rights of people who, for strong moral reasons or based on their faith, need protection?
Indeed, Ashers bakery, struggling to make an honest living like so many other small firms, is not alone.
Another firm, in Armagh, run by Nick Williamson, a committed Christian, was similarly threatened with legal action by the commission after he turned down an order to produce a glossy gay magazine.
Let’s be clear about the Ashers’ case. The company did not refuse to take the cake order because the customer was gay.
It rejected the order (during a private telephone conversation so as to prevent any embarrassment) because the bakery staff felt the message on the cake promoted a cause which was against the deeply-held views not just of the family-owner but also of countless other Christians.
The commission’s commissars are now – with the tacit blessing of government ministers who have conspicuously failed to intervene – threatening the firm with legal action unless they pay compensation and apologise.
It’s almost as if they are determined to make the McArthurs martyrs. But then logic, common sense and morality fly out of the window when the Thought Police and political correctness become involved.
So, who are these commissioners who have decided they know best?
Interestingly, one of the three commissioners behind the legal action is Liam Maskey, a member of a prominent family of Belfast republicans who are dedicated supporters of Sinn Fein party president Gerry Adams.
Funny that the niceties of political correctness didn’t bother a party associated with the Armalite and countless killings during the Irish terror days.