ESS Communication Officer – Letter in Scotsman ‘Ashers Baking Company’

That Northern Irish Ashers Baking Company has been found to have discriminated by refusing to make a marriage equality cake brings up some interesting issues. (your report May 20th)

It could be argued that a private company should not be forced to take on any customers it doesn’t want. What if a para-military group had asked for a cake?

However the judge seemed to draw a  distinction between political ideas and the protection the law rightly provides against discrimination because of who you are. Equality is not someone’s personal idea, it is a basic human right.

Religious belief has no special privilege to break the law.

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

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