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Ashers ruling a low for diversity and tolerance

Published 28/10/2016

The Appeal Court's decision in the Ashers Bakery case is a sad day for religious freedom and freedom of conscience. It's obvious now homosexual rights take priority over religious rights.

We have heard much in the media and by governments about diversity and tolerance. But a diverse society means variety, or array, and tolerance means to allow differences.

Yet people with a religious view, it seems, are not welcome in this diverse society. Their right to express their views and live by their religious convictions are being silenced and they are excluded from the public arena.

There has to be some way these two diverse groups can live side by side in society without either group ramming their views down the other's throat. Peter Tatchell is correct in saying this ruling has set "a dangerous, authoritarian precedent".

MARY ROSE DOHERTY

Buncrana, Co Donegal

 

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