A former Stormont finance minister has likened the Equality Commission to Nero for what he said was its persecution of a Christian-owned bakery.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson said that the quango’s legal threat to Ashers Baking Company for refusing to decorate a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’ was akin to the infamously anti-Christian Roman emperor’s actions when he threw believers to the lions.
Writing in his weekly News Letter column, Mr Wilson said that the Equality Commission’s threat to pursue court action against Ashers “speaks volumes about the inbuilt bias of this body”.
He said that the commission “has now become the blunt instrument of the thought police bludgeoning into submission those who dare to deviate from the politically correct speech and behaviour demanded by the intolerant liberal elite who seem to hate everything that Christians stand for”.
The East Antrim MP said that he would like to see the Equality Commission — which gets its funding from Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness’s department — should have its £10 million annual budget “looked at”.
And he urged members of the public to support the business, stating that he enjoyed “frequent Ulster fries in their cafes” and found the bakery’s orange-iced madeira cakes “a delight”.