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A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a gay-themed cake depicting the Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie.

Ashers Baking Company published a statement on its website defending its decision to refuse to bake the cake as the slogan above the puppets was in support of gay marriage. Northern Ireland’s first openly gay mayor, Andrew Muir, has backed legal action against the bakery, saying businesses should not be able to pick and choose who they serve.
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In its statement, the firm’s general manager, Daniel McArthur, said: “The directors and myself looked at it and considered it and thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs. It certainly was at odds with what the Bible teaches, and on the following Monday we rang the customer to let him know that we couldn’t take his order.”

McArthur said the company had offered to fully refund the customer, who wanted to have the logo of the pressure group QueerSpace on the cake.

Continuing the lefts agenda to shut down any business that disagrees with them. I’m not sure which is worse, the fundamental Christians or the radical Left when it comes to shoving their ideals down your throat. Either way, it’s extremely annoying to me.



  1. mfDX says:

    If a baker (or cab company)refuses to serve me based on my race, orientation or political beliefs, I say “fine” and take my business and money to his competitor. And I’ll encourage all who share my views to do the same.

    If a public servant refuses to serve me based on my race, orientation or political beliefs, we all have grounds to rally and remove that person from his post.

    …(me dropping the mic and walking away)

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

      Your personal choices are yours. This OP is actually about the legal/moral issues involved and the legitimacy of other decisions.

      You do speak as if:
      1. You haven’t had a life of such discrimination that varies from harmless to life threatening.

      2. There are other providers conveniently available.

      Why the microphone analogy when you are posting on a forum? Is it anything at all like dropping a deuce and not flushing?

      • mfDX says:

        Wow. You are an ass.
        Do I really need to say that I’m a black anglophone who grew up in seperatist Quebec? Unable to flag cabs after dark? With store owners refusing to serve me in english?
        No. I didn’t need to.
        I simply took my money across the street.

        Yes. My statement was based on the assumption that there are other bakers in Northern Ireland. The news story didn’t allude to this being the only bakery in town. Or that anyone who hopes to make a living must shed their socio-political views.
        That’s why most wedding photographers don’t shoot porn.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

        mfDX–YOU are the one posting that it is “OK” to discriminate against people. I would go into personalities that do that….as time may permit and only with your permission……….

        The news didn’t allude to there being other bakeries in town either. Its called: revealing ones own assumptions which is what I recited and you agreed with.

        “Or that anyone who hopes to make a living must shed their socio-political views.” //// Oh…but they must. THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS THREAD. ….. and why yes, I did put an edge on my post.

        What does shooting porn have to do with decorating a cake? ///// Such a statement is another duece!!!!!!

        We are in basic agreement on all issues, and you think I am an ass. …….. tick……. tock. Ain’t that a kick?

  2. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Well, reviewing the last few posts, I see a fairly good example of …..

    CONFLATION.

    Conflate Defined: combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one.

    Its difficult to find any idea expressed without some degree of conflation going on. Its a great sin and leads to really bad thinking.

    mfDX–you did this expressly in your response and in your analysis.

    “If a baker (or cab company)….” //// This thread is about a baker and you conflate this with a cap company. Two very different things. Why did you do this? What confusion will it introduce??

    And then you do it again:

    “refuses to serve me based on my race, orientation or political beliefs, ” /// This thread is about a baker who refuses service based on orientation. You now add race or political beliefs. We now have 6 completely different variations on a theme, only ONE of which is relevant to the OP. The confusion???==If MY POST is about the baker who refuses service based on orientation and you respond in the context of any of the five other circumstance…. then we aren’t really connecting. All 6 instances have some things in common, but they also have many things that are different. Yes, CONFLATION = CONFUSION = COMMUNICATION FAILURE.

    I say “fine” and take my business and money to his competitor. /// If you return…. is it “fine?” And don’t conflate that with “you have no other choice.” Yes, all kinds of conflation available with every word we use.

    And I’ll encourage all who share my views to do the same. /// Do the analysis for all 6 variations. You know that “basically” market forces DON’T WORK. People don’t act in concert to a common goal. Thats why without exception people form gubberments and find that with all its pros and cons, its better than being left to one’s own individual efforts.

    If a public servant refuses to serve me based on my race, orientation or political beliefs, we all have grounds to rally and remove that person from his post. /// Quit BS’s yourself. Typically, gubberment workers DON’T discriminate because the Employer forbids it. A rally?? Please, grow up.

    …(me dropping the mic and walking away) //// Thats what really irritated me….. don’t know why. Acting as if you have the final word when all you have done is shit on the floor. What we need now, is some kind of rally to get it cleaned up.

    I posted without regard to race as THE NON-CONFLATED ISSUE was orientation NOT race. You add race, you got a different issue. See the evil of conflation? I assume you do. Stop it.

    When a cab passes you by, you don’t have a choice. The relevant issues are quite different from cake decoration.

    I am an ass all depending on how you define one. Just like everyone else.

    Know what I mean?

  3. Greg Allen says:

    Gays, like you and me, pay taxes that make businesses possible —

    – for the roads, the sewers, the legal system, the monitary system, the police, the fire, air transport, food inspection, and on and on and on.

    If gays pay the taxes, then some biblically-ignorant Christian businessman doesn’t get to deny them service.