PCI: Ashers ruling ‘has far-reaching implications’

Following today’s Court of Appeal ruling on Ashers Bakery Limited, the Convener of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s Council for Public Affairs, Very Rev. Dr. Norman Hamilton, made the following statement:

“Today’s judgement will have far-reaching implications for all business owners by confirming that they cannot in conscience refuse to be involved in the promotion of particular causes or messages that run contrary to their beliefs – religious or otherwise. I remain deeply concerned by the apparent limiting of freedom of conscience and free expression, which are hallmarks of any democratic society.”

“Out of respect for the dignity and worth of every person, and in the interests of the common good, we want the law to protect everyone from discrimination whilst ensuring that freedom of conscience and expression are properly valued and respected.”

Source: presbyterianireland.org

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