I have often criticised Britain’s senior judges in general, and the president of the Supreme Court Lady Hale in particular, for “liberal” partisanship and allowing ideology to influence their rulings.
Today, however, Lady Hale and her Supreme Court colleagues have bravely gone against fashionable ideology in a ruling which actually upholds liberalism, rationality and law. The judges have ruled unanimously that the Christian owners of Ashers bakery in Belfast did not act in a discriminatory manner when they refused to bake a cake iced with the message “Support Gay Marriage”.
The case against the bakers was brought by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who in 2014 ordered the cake for a private function marking International Day Against Homophobia. His order was accepted and he paid in full but, two days later, the company called to say it could not proceed due to the message requested for the cake.
Lee won his case in the Northern Ireland courts. Today the Supreme Court reversed those rulings. Said Lady Hale:
“As to Mr Lee’s claim based on sexual orientation discrimination, the bakers did not refuse to fulfil his order because of his sexual orientation. They would have refused to make such a cake for any customer, irrespective of their sexual orientation. Their objection was to the message on the cake, not to the personal characteristics of Mr Lee or of anyone else with whom he was associated.”
A Canadian citizen, Amichai Ish-Ran, originally from Montreal, was shot five times when a Palestinian jihadist opened fire on Israeli civilians in a drive-by. He is still recovering in a hospital, and his wife “Shira who was 30 weeks pregnant, was also shot, in the abdomen.” Shira and Amichai’s baby was delivered by emergency caesarian section, but he didn’t make it.
The baby was murdered by a Palestinian jihadist.
The world would be reeling if the attackers were Europeans or Jews and the victims were Muslim. Mainstream Muslim groups would be demanding a special day of recognition against “Islamophobia,” but it is Islamic jihadists who are routinely victimizing innocent people while screaming “Islamophobia” when such abuses are called out. It is offensive to call them out. It is offensive to identify the religion and ideology of the attackers. This has to stop.
If Christians, Jews, or Hindus were routinely targeting others, they should be identified and called out. But now, thanks to the efforts of stealth jihadists, it has become “racist” to expect respect for human life from everyone equally. This is the epitome of the bigotry of low expectations. It is a result of propaganda claiming that jihadists are the victims of colonialists and racists. Forget the 1,400 year history of bloody jihad against the infidel and against Muslims of other sects.
Not for the first time in this Brexit process, Theresa May misjudged the mood in the room in Brussels on Thursday night, when she went to make her ‘asks’ from Europe.
The pre-summit choreography, at least in the imagination of Downing Street, was that Mrs May would come to demand the “political and legal” reassurances needed to convince MPs that the Irish backstop was “not a trap”.
There would be warm words in the political declarations by EU leaders that the backstop was only “temporary” then, after a break for Christmas, a legal text in January that would seal the deal in Westminster just as the ‘no deal’ demons started to crowd in.
The problem with this plan? The 27 other EU leaders simply don’t believe it will work. Ducking the ‘meaningful vote’ last Tuesday only created a political vacuum that has seen the EU side harden their position, not come rushing to her aide.
The British side will feel short-changed, believing they had agreed a plan with the EU, but as yesterday’s newsletter noted, the court of the leaders is an unpredictable arena. They have an acute nose for political mortality. And they can see Mrs May’s deal looks dead in the water.
On the second day of Christmas, the only things stirring in some apartments in Frankfurt, Germany, were some Muslim refugees, the German cops smashing through the door and the chemicals in their kitchen bomb labs which they had been plotting to use to commit mass murder a year before 9/11.
It was the year 2000. And Muslim terrorism was far from unknown, but still a little bit exotic.
While the Algerian terrorists did not prove very cooperative, their home videos were very evocative, especially a shaky video videotape taken by Salim Boukari at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.
“This cathedral is Allah’s enemy,” the Algerian Muslim refugee narrated as he watched the cheerful shoppers outside the Strasbourg Cathedral.
“These are the enemies of Allah. They dance and are happy. You will go to hell, Allah willing.”
A Pulitzer-nominated New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on his social media, i24NEWS has discovered.
Wissam Nassar posted pictures of the suspected terrorists behind the Barkan Industrial Estate and Ofra shooting attacks on Instagram, adding the text: “A sad morning that carries with it pride with the martyrs, and honor in resistance. ‘If you lost the way, follow the martyrs’.”
The Palestinian Gaza-based photographer uploaded it as a “story”, meaning it was deleted after 24 hours.
Palestinians Salih Omar Barghouti and Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa were killed in IDF manhunts on the night of 12 December. Barghouti was suspected of being part of a terror cell that committed the drive-by shooting outside the West Bank settlement of Ofra on the night of 9 December. The cell injured seven people, shooting a seven-months pregnant woman in the stomach—and forcing doctors to prematurely deliver the baby, who died three days later.
A new play on antisemitism that opened in London on Tuesday has ironically inspired a torrent of anti-Jewish abuse.
Written by Stephen Laughton, “One Jewish Boy” centers on the experiences of a British Jewish man who is concerned about the rise of Jew-hatred and the failure of his friends to distinguish between Israel and Diaspora Jews, and who is ultimately subject to a violent assault.
Yet since promotion for the play began in September, Laughton himself became a target of antisemitism on social media, The Guardian reported.
He’s faced comments such as, “Who cares about Jews? This looks sh*t”; “I must say I do not give a fu*k. Perhaps you could write a play about Palestinian kids getting blown to pieces by Jews”; and “You’re a fu*king enabler. You Jews disgust me.”