A court has ruled in favor of the organizers of the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope in the UK after Blackpool Transport removed ads about the three-day festival from buses.
“We sincerely apologize to the event organizers for the inconvenience and inconvenience caused,” Blackpool Council and Blackpool Transport said in their public apology, according to Blackpool Gazette.
An LGBT group complained about Graham’s reported views on same-sex marriage.
The judge ruled that the council and the bus company violated the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act by banning the advertisements.
“This is a pivotal moment for religious freedom in the United Kingdom,” Graham said in a statement.
“We are grateful to God for the eventual outcome of this case, and what it will mean for churches and Christians across the UK in the years to come. The Good News of Jesus Christ must be proclaimed”.
He added, “My prayer is that this case will encourage Christians to stand firm.”
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Judge Claire Evans ruled at a Manchester District Court hearing in April that the panel had set aside “freedom of speech”, according to BBC.
She added that the council “prioritizes the rights and opinions of a section of the community without regard to the rights of claimants or those who share their religious beliefs.”
According to the ruling, Blackpool Council and Blackpool Transport Company must pay £25,000 (about $34,000) in damages “for satisfaction only” and the festival team’s legal costs of £84,000. (about $116,000).
Council leader Lynn Williams issued a public apology accepting the court’s ruling that “the advertisements are not self-infringing”.
“We accept that in removing the ads we did not take into account the fact that this might be offensive to other members of the public and suggested that some voices should not be,” Williams said. be heard.
“We also regret that we did not consult the organizers before making our decision.”
She added, “We accept the court’s finding that we discriminated against the Lancashire Festival of Hope because of Franklin Graham’s religious beliefs and in doing so interfered with freedom of speech. Essays of the Lancashire Festival of Hope.”
The Festival of Hope 2018 took place at the Winter Gardens, where Billy Graham preached in 1982.
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