I agree, their lifestyle was a little weird. Who expects sheep to dance one’s self to sleep anyway? I don’t blame Bert one bit. Fuck! Ernie! Fucking hell!
Bert even says, “Not again…”
Oh, not the bugle…
Christian bakers got into a bit of a fix when they didn’t want to make and Ernie/Bert themed cake advertising gay marriage.
The McArthur family, who own Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company, decided against fulfilling an order from LGBT activist Gareth Lee who wanted a cake decorated with the words “Support Gay Marriage”.
The cake was also to be emblazoned with characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street locked in an embrace, along with the logo for QueerSpace – a campaign group for LGBT rights.
Though the order was originally accepted by shop staff, the management later decided to withdraw from the agreement on grounds of religious beliefs and Karen McArthur, who owns the company with her husband, Colin, phoned Lee to explain and offer a refund.
Just less than two months later, watchdog Equality Commission sent the McArthurs a letter accusing them of discrimination, and the family now face a legal battle in court.
Okay, fine. Your place of business, your right to refuse business.
“Imagine the uproar if the Equality Commission said that an environmentally-conscious baker had to produce a cake saying ‘Support fracking?’ Or if they threatened a feminist bakery for refusing to print a ‘Sharia for UK’ cake?” he said.
That’s a quote from Colin Hart of the Christian Institute, who may not be their lawyer, but is certainly on their side.
“Millions of ordinary people who do not agree with gay marriage, face intimidation and the real threat of legal action from the forces of political correctness if they, out of conscience, decline to provide goods or services to campaign groups they do not agree with or support.
“It establishes a dangerous precedent about the power of the state over an individual or business to force them to go against their deeply held beliefs.”
While I’m not a fan of Huff-Po generally, they had a very good list recently: How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty is being Questioned in 10 Quick Questions. Like this one.
2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.
If you’re answering mostly A’s then you have a case for attacks on religious liberty. If you’re answering mostly B’s, then you’re being a grouch and,
there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others. This is the point where I would invite you to refer back to the tenets of your faith, especially the ones about your neighbors.
As in, love thy.
The bulk of the “don’t do’s” in the Bible came about from people wanting to differentiate themselves from the pagans and other religious nutsos of the time. We want to be our kind of nutso… don’t do what those other nutsos do. Don’t lie with men. Don’t eat shrimp. Don’t wear mixed fabrics…
Funny how only some of the don’ts really made it through to present day civilization…