You may know him as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation or Professor X, or Charles Xavier, from the X-Men movies. Actor Patrick Stewart, when being interviewed on a BBC program, was asked about his thoughts concerning the much-publicized legal case for Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland. The family running the bakery recently lost a court case where a judge ruled they could not refuse to make a cake that carried a pro-gay ‘marriage’ message.
The actor, who is in favor of gay marriage and is known for being a staunch human rights activist, said, “It was not because this was a gay couple that they objected, it was not because they were going to be celebrating some kind of marriage or agreement between them. It was the actual words on the cake that they objected to, because they found them offensive.
“And I would support their right to say ‘no this is personally offensive to my beliefs, I will not do it’.”
Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute expressed how pleased he was that the famous actor made such a statement publicly to a wide viewing audience. He believes that most people, despite their political or religious views, can relate to what the McArthur family is going through. “Most people can imagine a situation in which they are asked to do something which requires them to go against their profoundly held beliefs and they think ‘well I shouldn’t be forced to do that so why should the McArthurs?’.”
The McArthurs have filed to appeal their case to a higher court.
Sir Patrick Stewart: ‘I’m on the side of Ashers’, The Christian Institute, June 4, 2015.
Harry A. Gaylord