A court ruled that the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham in the North of England was discriminated against by the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited by taking down bus ads that simply read “Time for Hope,” according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) UK.
“We thank God for this ruling because it is a win for every Christian in the UK,” evangelist Franklin Graham said.
The court emphatically affirmed that Christians and people of other faiths who hold and publicly express traditional religious views about marriage and human sexuality are entitled to protection under the law.
Blackpool was ruled to have been in violation of the Equality Act 2010 in discriminating against the Festival specifically because of the religious views of Franklin Graham. The court found that Blackpool also interfered with the Lancashire Festival of Hope’s rights of freedom of expression without justification.
A Twitter pile-on from LGBT activists pressured Blackpool into removing the bus ads because of Franklin Graham’s religious beliefs on marriage, according to BGEA UK. But the judge ruled that sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage—which are characteristic of Christians and other religions—does not make the individuals or organisations who hold them “extremist.” They are entitled to the same nondiscrimination and freedom of expression protection as those with other views.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Peter Wooding