Use conscience clause to protect all of our people
Why the row over a conscience clause? It is something that can be crafted to protect all people of sincere convictions.
Just because people of a particular practising lifestyle decided to take other people with differing beliefs to court is to lay the ground against their own liberty.
If, for example, an anti-gay agency ordered a printing company owned by a gay couple to publish material they found offensive, would it not be better to have protection for those who want to refuse? The same applies to a bakery, or to any business.
Whatever perceptions may abound, it is advisable to uphold religious liberty and to remember that, if some succeed in binding the active conscience of others, they could be inventing handcuffs for themselves.
CLLR DAVID D BARBOUR (UUP)
Coleraine Borough Council