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Ashers case shows bowing to equality legislation is of more importance than freedom of religion

Once upon a time someone who went to a B&B, or even a bakery, and could not get what they wanted, would have said "thank you anyway" and would go to one of many other places which could supply them. They then thought nothing more about it.

Now, however, they take the "offenders" to court - because they feel hurt - and get compensation of £3,600 to infinity. Once upon a time, not so long ago, if a worker said something not related to his work situation, it was counted as private.

Now, however, he is demoted and gets only a third of his salary, because he has "offended" equality legislation.

He takes his employers to court, he wins his case, but he gets a derisory £96 in compensation - but not his job back.

Now, we have a bakery, which "hurts someone", because it will not promote an idea it believes to be wrong. And they are faced with a bill of £188,000?

Equality? Only for LGBTs, it appears. That is why the judge's remarks about not bringing a chill factor rings very hollow in many of our ears.

Thank you for your very good coverage of the Ashers judgment and for seeing that the deeper problem is freedom of conscience, speech and religion for all.


Tandragee, Co Armagh

Belfast Telegraph