Ashers Bakery: Freedom phrase needs clarified
In criticising my letter on Ashers' censorship, Mrs Wilson says that Christians simply want the freedom of conscience this country has always allowed. But she needs to clarify this phrase because two parties were involved in the Ashers dispute. If she means freedom of speech, that is an individual's right and should not be concerned with their conduct towards other individuals.
The baker would be quite entitled to bake a cake with the message, "We don't support gay marriage", and place it in his window (though he might lose a lot of business). That is his freedom of speech. But in a public business he is not entitled to prevent someone else from exercising this freedom.
Director, Humanist Association of NI