Tuesday 20 February 2018

A bigot is a bigot, no matter what

Martin Deegan (Letters, April 17), asks me for a yes or no answer to his question: should people discriminating against gays because of their own religious beliefs be prosecuted as racist bigots?

In the spirit of equality of treatment, my answer would be that they should be treated the same as those who would discriminate against people based on some other arbitrary measure. Does Mr Deegan support the right of the BNP to discriminate against people based on their appearance?

Did he support the right of housing authorities, voting registers and employers in Northern Ireland to discriminate against people because they went to the wrong kind of church? Did he support the exclusion of women from many parts of the workforce in Ireland because many jobs were considered "not suitable for women"?

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