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All articles & reviews tagged with supreme-court

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November 2018
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Victory against compelled speech, but it should never have got this far

As we mark 100 years this month since the end of the Great War, it would utterly shock some of those men who gave their lives that we are living in a nation where we are fighting a battle against compelled speech. Yes, we rejoice that Ashers Bakery won their case at the Supreme Court last month, but it should never have got this far. It is blindingly obvious to anyone who cares to look at the case, this was never a matter of discrimination against the customer Mr Lee. He had been served before in Ashers Bakery, and no doubt he will be welcome...

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November 2018
News > Persecution

Christian bakers win ‘gay cake’ free speech case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland did not break discrimination laws when it refused to bake a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The result is a major boost for freedom of speech. However, it does not overturn previous cases against Christian hotel owners or marriage registrars. Handing down their ruling on 10 October, the five judges were unanimous in their judgment. The judges said that equality law does not compel people to say something with which they profoundly disagree. President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, said the Ashers bakery did not discriminate against the customer,...

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September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Brain damage’ safeguard removed

The UK Supreme Court has removed an important safeguard from ‘brain damaged’ patients, making it easier to end their lives early. Until now, doctors and families had to go to court to take the ultimate step of withdrawing food and fluids from such patients. But the Supreme Court has decided that doctors can go ahead without going to court, as long as doctors and families both agree. The decision has been met with criticism. Campaign Director of Care Not Killing, Dr Peter Saunders, commented: ‘This is concerning and disappointing news, because it removes an important safeguard from those without a voice. ‘Once we accept that...

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