So my week started with the news that a bakery in Belfast lost their appeal against their choice not to make a cake depicting Bert and Ernie giving their support to gay marriage.
I was stunned that this was news.
Before we start, let me state that I disagree with the bakery decision to not make the cake. Even if it is based on their beliefs. But I agree with the freedom a business has to provide a service to whoever they want. That is how the free world works.
If they are in a position to let business walk out the door then the cake making business must be doing well. I have no idea on the subject based on my expertise being only in the eating of said cakes.
The issue to me is bigger than a sponge product. The issue is the reaction of people to this in the first place. Ranging from discrimination to ‘if someone walked in wanting to have a cake made supporting ISIS they would probably make it’. Both absolute nonsense! This is a business! As the owners they are allowed to provide the service to whoever they want. I know I have repeated this but it bears repeating.
People react saying that they should have just said they were too busy to make the cake. Again this is just nonsense. The result is exactly the same. The business is sent away, but the precious feelings of people are spared. I’ll ask you a question, do you think that insurance companies are discriminating when they quadruple (and more) the premium of teenage drivers? They don’t want the business! Instead of saying no, they make it near impossible to afford. Exactly the same thing. They do not want the business, instead of just saying no, they are pricing them out of the system.
The LGBTQ community is facing far more battles than a cake maker in Belfast. This is not the topic to scream about. It appears that most people are more interested in being offended rather than seeing this for what it is. That being closed minded people turning away business based on an ideology.
The person who wanted the cake made should have moved to a bakery up the street and moved on. Instead the first reaction is to jump to being offended and affecting peoples ability to make money. The bakery I am sure has had a drop in sales because of this. Again, taking offence is the first reaction.
Let’s cop on, move on and make the world a better place!
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