Star Trek Actor Supports Rights of Bakers
To Say No to Gay Weddings
I was a diehard “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fan as a kid, and Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard, was always my favorite. Patrick Stewart also played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” films.
To my surprise, the Captain and Professor himself has come out in support of the rights of Christian bakers in Ireland to not provide services to customers if it violates their personal beliefs.
I agree with him. It’s wrong to force a privately owned business to do something that violates their religious beliefs.
Frankly, I’m sick of people trying to do this to Christian small business owners. They’re using bullying tactics to force others to accept their worldview. I don’t like bullies, regardless of their religious or political viewpoints. Bullies in general are annoying, and they are often very self-centered. I went to a hyper-liberal college, and I’d say 6 out of 10 gay activists that I met were extremely aggressive, in-your-face bullies the moment they detected even the slightest hint of something in your belief system that did not align with theirs. Gay activists are some of the most intolerant people I’ve ever met. It’s ironic. (Though, to be fair, maybe that’s just how it was at my alma mater while I was there. Maybe it’s not like that anymore. Who knows.)
Of course, this does not mean that Patrick Stewart supports Christianity or opposes same-sex marriage. He simply supports the rights of business owners to say “no” to servicing an event if that event is offensive to their religious beliefs.
And it is wrong to use government or legal coercion to force private businesses to align themselves to a worldview that directly contradicts their beliefs. Here is a more detailed excerpt that has a quote from Stewart (taken from BreakingChristianNews and LifeSiteNews):
Patrick Stewart, also known as Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard, has publicly come out in support of beleaguered Ashers Bakery, saying the Christian bakers in Northern Ireland have every right to refuse to ice cakes with wording they deem offensive.
Speaking on the BBC’s flagship daily news and current affairs program Newsnight, Stewart said, “Finally, I found myself on the side of the bakers.”
Last month, a Belfast County Court judge issued a precedent-setting ruling when she found the Christian-owned family bakery guilty of “direct discrimination” for refusing to bake a cake supporting same-sex “marriage.”
Ashers Bakery had been asked to ice a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” along with the logo of the homosexual pressure group QueerSpace, and a picture of Sesame Street puppet characters Bert and Ernie.