The judge's ruling on the McFarlane case was that,
"We do not live in a society where all the people share uniform religious beliefs.
The precepts of any one religion - any belief system - cannot, by force of their religious origins, sound any louder in the general law than the precepts of any other. "
I have said before that I think some Christians are struggling to come to terms with the fact that, although Christians enjoy many privileges and exemptions in British society, there are definite limits upon these. There is also the issue of whether Gary McFarlane's views did represent those of Christians in Britain as a whole, or only an increasingly diminishing number of Christians - although I do not think the judge would think this a factor for consideration.
I can see that the desire of the judge to apply the law equally across the board is probably to the benefit of society as a whole, I can understand that it causes dismay in those who think their views are deserving of special treatment.