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From the editor's desk 20 October

The War Cry comments on discrimination

It is sad to reflect that such a view has not always been upheld

LAST week a large slice of the news headlines was made by a cake that was never baked.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Christian owners of a bakery had not discriminated against a customer when they refused to make him a cake emblazoned with a slogan promoting gay marriage.

The court ruled that, because the bakers would have refused the order from any customer, regardless of their sexual orientation, they had not acted illegally.

However, the Supreme Court’s president, Lady Brenda Hale, did assert that it was ‘an affront to human dignity’ to discriminate because of a person’s ‘race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief’.

It is sad to reflect that such a view has not always been upheld. October is Black History Month. As we report this week, the purpose of the month is to promote the historical stories of black people who have been overlooked because of discrimination. It also reminds us of the importance of seeing worth and value in every individual. When we fail to do so, we are diminishing the opportunities of the person we are discriminating against and we miss out on experiencing the richness that comes from engaging with people who are different from us.

In her statement, however, Lady Hale was not able to identify every type of discrimination that exists. Last year, the War Cry ran a Hidden in Justice series that uncovered the discrimination former prisoners and their families face with common place activities, such as buying insurance.

The series found that there is a widely held belief by some that once a criminal, always a criminal. Yet people can change. In this week’s issue, former prisoner John Finny describes how he turned away from a life of crime after finding faith in Jesus Christ.

He now goes into prisons to encourage others to make that same change. But John is able to do so only because he sees the worth and value of the people he is encountering.

His example is one we would all do well to follow.

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