The Buckpool Council of England and the Municipal Transportation Corporation were convicted in a pre-2018 case of religious discrimination against US evangelist Franklin Graham.
The organization that represents the sermon paid the congregation to put up posters advertising an event where Franklin Graham, the son of the charismatic Billy Graham, was to speak. Posters were put up on city buses.
However, they were only in the vehicles for 24 hours. After a campaign led by groups and activists accusing Graham of defending views that violated the rights of members of homosexuals and sexual minorities, authorities ordered the removal of the advertisement and the rainbow flag in the City Hall building and the lights with tower lights the same colors.
The posters pointed out the day, time and place of the event, with the aim of being a “time of hope” without making any reference to the issues complained of by LGBT groups and activists.
The organization promoting the event complained to the courts, which eventually ruled that the municipality and its transportation company were clearly violating Graham’s freedom of expression and his religious freedom. Event organizers received about 7,127,000 in compensation and both Blackpool Council and the transportation agency posted a general apology on their websites.
This is not the only time Graham has been embroiled in controversy in the UK over his views on homosexuality. By 2020, a series of eight matches in various parts of the UK are finally in question, leading to a new campaign led by pro-LGBT groups to cancel all venues.
Franklin Graham even raised the possibility of competing in court on cancellation, but imprisonment caused by the epidemic made the whole issue endless.
“Total creator. Devoted tv fanatic. Communicator. Evil pop culture buff. Social media advocate.”