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Championing Freedom of Belief

Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review into the persecution of Christians worldwide. We are fortunate in this country to be able to practice our faiths, or have no faith, whichever the case might be. But in many countries of the world this is not the case. 

Our 2017 General Election manifesto called for the UK to lead on establishing the right to religious freedom around the world:

Appoint an ambassador-level champion for freedom of belief to drive British diplomatic efforts in this field, and campaign for the abolition of

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Ashers Bakery Verdict is Dodgy and Dangerous

The verdict of the Supreme Court in favour of Ashers bakery’s refusal to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage is dodgy and dangerous.

It is undoubtedly a complicated case. It makes sense, on the surface, because we all have freedom of speech and freedom of thought; yet it also makes sense that if you are running a business that is serving the public then you have to serve all the public, taking them as they are, whether you agree with their opinions or not.

The judgment was reached because the Supreme Court decided that it was the message, not the person that the Christian proprietors objected to. But how was this fact proved?

I don’t think it can be proved because prejudice is often hidden.

It seems to me that the judges have simply taken at face value what the owners of the bakery have said. How can it be proved that they weren’t using their beliefs as a pretext to conceal a hatred they have for gay people?

This question is important because it is at the core of homophobia and hatred against the LGBT+ community: this prejudice is legitimised and normalised because it is spun as an opinion, it’s just someone’s point of view – especially when it’s religious beliefs that are being weaponised.

It’s a slippery slope indeed.

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  • Lorenzo Cherin
    As for the link, it is a very considered piece. But it is designed to support the writer's viewpoint, as I mention, he almost seems to push the view , he was wr...
  • Lorenzo Cherin
    Laurence Cox Very unsure as why you presume i did my best to avoid your link, when I did no such thing! You presume you know a lot about my approach but seem...
  • David Raw
    On topic : How Sir Edward's comments were reported in the Glasgow Herald : "THE Liberal Democrat leader has said his party is no longer interested in t...
  • Katharine Pindar
    Peter Hirst, that is an admirable idea. But it seems that the Federal Conference Committee will decide on what is going to be debated regardless of any strength...
  • Laurence Cox
    @Lorenzo Cherin Since you haven't bothered to read the reference I cited, here is what Tom Chivers says: "Similarly, there’s been a bit of a hoo-hah abo...