Gospel Minister, Franklin Graham on Thursday won a two-year court battle with a town in England that yanked his crusade ads off buses because of his scriptural “anti-LGBTQ” remarks.
In September of 2018, the Blackpool Borough Council and Blackpool Transport Services Limited removed bus advertisements displaying the words “Time for Hope,” citing that members of the community complained about Graham’s association with the festival.
The transportation company said they received feedback from members of the community who were concerned over the evangelist’s religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality. According to the court documents, complaints referenced Graham’s biblical views about LGBTQ matters like same-sex marriage. Some falsely accused him of “preaching hate” or being “racist”.
After the decision was announced, additional complaints were made about the removal of the advertisements by members of the public who saw the move as bias against Christians, censorship, and a restriction of free speech.