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Friday, June 5, 2015

Stewart Takes the Cake-Bakers' Side

Sir Patrick Stewart on the Ashers Baking Company lawsuit in Northern Ireland:

What I Say: Your Head Trucker is inclined to agree with Sir Patrick. It is, as he said, a "deliciously difficult" subject: here we are not talking about merely providing a service, but about freedom of expression.

Think about it: would you want to be forced to write or print something that said "No Gay Marriage" or "Vote for Bush" or even "God Hates Fags"?

And how important is a cake, anyway?   I wouldn't want to buy a cake or anything else from someone who despised me.


Meade Bollard said...

Captain Picard is portrayed by Patrick Stewart. Ian McKellan is an entirely different, and equally gifted, actor.

Davis said...

I am inclined to agree with the gentleman. There are limits as to how far I think people ought to be required to go to agree with me...

Russ Manley said...

Meade - You are quite right, and I was so wrong. I don't know where my mind was at, but I've now corrected the post. Thanks for spotting that.

Davis - Yes, it's one thing to urge agreement, but quite another to require it. Isn't that what we've hated about the rightwingers and fanatical religionists all these years?

Frank said...

Perhaps businesses should clearly state the parameters of their services up front. That might save everyone a lot of misery and law suits. Even an L,G,B, or T owned business may not want to write hate speech on a cake or other media. Customers can gravitate to businesses they feel comfortable with. Let everyone eat cake.

Russ Manley said...

A chacun son gout!

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