Oh to be an artisan, Christian gay cake baker. One would make a fortune judging by that great taker of the public pulse – Twitter. It seems Christian bakeries all over Ulster are going to be inundated with requests to make gay cakes just because and it would nice to rub their ‘bigoted noses’ right in the delicate puff cream filling.
The decision by the Belfast court that the family business Ashers bakery was guilty of direct discrimination against a customer for refusing to fulfil an order of a cake iced with a supportive slogan on gay marriage is wrong. I have blogged previously on why I do not think it is discrimination against a customer based on his or her sexuality but due to the slogan on the cake.
The court disagreed as it was always going to. So now a gay baker must ice the slogan ‘gay marriage is an abomination’ and Muslim bakers must ice an impression of Mohammed (if this is even possible). Because this is what we do these days – ‘make our point by icing.’ At least this intolerant nonsense will have some tasty results.
I entirely expected this result. So what to do? I propose – turning the other cheek and putting on your best pinny.
The court saw fit to limit how businesses manifest their religious beliefs in the commercial sphere. If you are making money it seems, leave your Christian beliefs at the door. They are only in it to make a profit, the court lectured. Does it follow therefore that a co-op could be exempt? A question for another day.
The first thing I think all Christians should do is take stock on how they practise or manifest their beliefs when others are not watching. What I am about to say is no reflection on the Ashers staff. I am sure they bear better witness than I do. I am pretty shoddy Christian at the best of times.
If you are Catholic it is worth asking when was the last time you went to confession. I am too embarrassed to say myself. If you are C of E when was the last time you attended church? If the State is going to limit how we manifest our beliefs in the business sphere, let’s make sure we ware practising our beliefs in the private sphere as best we can (again I am more sinner than saint when it comes to this).
Secondly, there are the profits. Bake said gay cakes with vigour I say and make sure you put a very large sign up saying all ‘gay cake profits’ will be donated to a traditional marriage group, or a local church. I suspect the orders will dry up soon enough.