Christian bakeries who have been threatened with lawsuits by members of the gay mafia have a new ally. It isn’t just another conservative commentator or activist, but Captain Picard/Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart.
Sir Patrick is about as liberal as they come; in fact, the man’s political views could be considered borderline socialist. However, he recently voiced support for a British bakery found guilty of discrimination and fined for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake. The bakery is owned by the McArthurs, a Christian family, and refused to bake a cake voicing support for gay marriage on religious grounds.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Patrick made his feelings on the matter quite clear:
“I found myself on the side of the bakers. It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were celebrating some sort of marriage or an agreement between them. It was the actual words on the cake they objected to. Because they found the words offensive. I would support their rights to say no, this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it,” he said.
You can see Patrick’s full remarks here:
Patrick later clarified his remarks, but did not backtrack. He reiterated his support for the McArthurs, and explained why:
“In my view, this particular matter was not about discrimination, but rather personal freedoms and what constitutes them, including the freedom to object. Both equality and freedom of speech are fundamental rights— and this case underscores how we need to ensure one isn’t compromised in the pursuit of the other. I know many disagree with my sentiments, including the courts. I respect and understand their position, especially in this important climate where the tides of prejudices and inequality are (thankfully) turning.”
In this case, in the name of free speech and religious freedom, Stewart is full of win.