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The Coffee House Wall – 25th/31st August

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21Aug/146

Where Responsibility Rests

Domestic ViolenceDennis Batten argues that today’s police are ill equipped and inexperienced – and cannot be expected to deal successfully with domestic violence

By chance, I caught the tail end of a news item on television. A woman in her twenties was being interviewed on the subject of domestic violence and the part played by Victim Support in assisting her to cope with a violent male partner.

She had nothing but praise for the support she had received, except for her comments on police, which to me were surprising. She said that Victim Support had treated her with kindness and concern whereas she had found the police officers who were dealing with her violent partner, to be intimidating and, in her view, more concerned with the arrest and detention of her attacker than supporting her when she was in a highly emotional state and required their support.

She then went into some detail regarding subsequent counselling and support meetings. The interviewer spoke at length regarding how domestic violence victims were mentally scarred and were in need of help and understanding.

19Aug/140

Recent Downtime

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19Aug/14192

The Coffee House Wall – 18th/24th August

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11Aug/14283

The Coffee House Wall 11th/17th August

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4Aug/14161

The Coffee House Wall – 4th/10th August

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28Jul/14106

The Coffee House Wall – 28th/3rd August

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23Jul/142

Storm in a tea-cake

Ashers BakeryI wrote about the right to discriminate last week. I do believe strongly that individuals and private businesses must be able to exercise discrimination in their affairs, otherwise what is established is not the absence of discrimination but the subjection of the majority to discrimination in favour of certain pressure groups.

It was interesting to be reminded today of the difficulties being faced by a Belfast based bakers, Ashers Baking Company. Due to the owners objection to "gay marriage", they turned down an order for a cake which was ordered by a gay activist and would have had the words "Support Gay Marriage" written in icing over it. Of course the gay activist in question, Gareth Lee, could have found another bakers in Belfast who might have been willing to produce the confection as requested, but as is the wont of gay activists, he decided that contacting the Equality Commission was the better way forward, and shortly afterwards the bakers, Colin and Karen McArthur, received a call informing them that legal action would be taken against them.

21Jul/14187

The Coffee House Wall – 21st/27th July

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14Jul/143

The Right to Discriminate

I often need to get things published and printed, especially for various Christian activities. On one occasion I contacted a printing company and received a quote for some materials. When I sent them over to be checked they returned them with an apology and said that because they were Jehovah's Witnesses they were not able to print Christian materials for other groups.  In my response to them I commended them on having such principles, even though it meant that they would be losing business.

Now perhaps I could have taken them to court, and sued them under various hate crime or discrimination laws, but in fact I was entirely supportive of their stance. I could imagine how I might feel if I were a printer and were forced to print materials supportive of Islamic jihad, or gay "marriage", or pornography, or even some of the loonier instances of modern Christianity.

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