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Religious can't impose their beliefs on others

Published 01/07/2015

I wish to challenge RJ Gibson's implied assertion (Write Back, June 25) that a belief allegedly emanating from a supernatural source is deserving of even more respect than one which is grounded in everyday reality.

In this increasingly secular age, when the rational insights of the Enlightenment are at last available to the man in the street, it is no longer acceptable for anyone to justify discriminatory actions on the basis of their obedience to supernatural authority.

It follows from this that Asher's bakery was wrong to withhold services from a customer on the grounds that the message requested on the cake conflicted with the precepts of the owners' religion.

While it is anyone's right to adopt the rigour of a religious code on our own behalf, we must not attempt to control the lives of others in the interests of its implementation.

JAMES A McKENNA

Belfast

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