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Some Christians seem to struggle with their own ideology of showing compassion and tolerance

letter of the day: ashers fallout

Published 14/11/2016

Rob Irvin (Write Back, November 10) says the 'plaintiff' in the Ashers cake row wasn't refused service until he asked for a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it. But he was refused service, which is against the law in this case.

Mr Irvin goes on to say that Christians are told to deal with people in gentleness and with respect, but that some struggle to do this. He then says the Christian community is marked by tolerance.

But struggling to deal with people in gentleness and respect and Christians being tolerant is a contradiction. And where is their tolerance for equal marriage? Why should some in society need to ask for tolerance of a gender identity they were born with?

Some Christians do demonstrate the values Mr Irvin refers to, but not all of them. The former Justice Minister, David Ford, wasn't shown much tolerance, respect or gentleness when he was removed as an elder from his Presbyterian church after supporting equal marriage.

I'm not sure what Mr Irvin means by Christians not being "called to be tolerant, loving or compassionate towards idolatry". Is he referring to the image of Ernie and Bert on the cake?

It's quite simple: no tolerance is needed towards what consenting adults get up to, as long as they're not hurting anyone (which applies to all of us) or who they love. If you don't like it, don't do it. And let others live their lives in peace and equality.

Didn't Jesus say: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"?

SHELLEY LEGGETT

Assistant editor, Irish Freethinker

Belfast Telegraph

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