Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Cakegate: Aren't sausage rolls a contradiction of what the Bible teaches?

The image the customer wanted on the cake

I read with interest that Asher’s Baking Company in Northern Ireland refused to bake a cake that featured an image supporting gay marriage because 'it is in contradiction of what the Bible teaches' (July 8).

I was surprised then that the company makes and sells sausage rolls.

Here is what the bible teaches us about pork:

Leviticus 11:7-8: "And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."

Isaiah 66:17: “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord."

Isaiah 65:2-4: "I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks; who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig's flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels..."

Deuteronomy 14:8: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.”

Therefore isn't the production and sale of sausage rolls for human consumption in contradiction of what the Bible teaches us? From what I have read loving, same-sex relationships are not addressed in the Bible, let alone condemned.

Pork, on the other hand, is specifically addressed and condemned. Food for thought.

Karen Lappin via email

Further reading

David Cameron in the mix over Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake row

Gay marriage cake row: Stand firm, gay rights storm Christian B&B proprietors urge bakery

'We are convinced decision was right'

'I like their baking, but not the taste of homophobia'

Gay marriage cake row: 'Bert and Ernie' cake was for ex-mayor's anti-homophobia event

Asher’s Baking Company faces court for refusing order for gay marriage cake

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