Rev. Franklin Graham Wins $150K Settlement from English Council for Banning Religious Ads

Rev. Franklin Graham Wins $150K Settlement from English Council for Banning Religious Ads


In a landmark case for religious liberty in Britain, Blackpool Council and Blackpool Transport have agreed to issue a public apology and to pay out £109,000 ($150,000) to Reverend Franklin Graham’s evangelical organisation in compensation for banning advertisements for a religious festival in 2018.

Franklin Graham, the eldest son of famed American evangelist Billy Graham and the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took the Blackpool government to court after they removed advertisements for the 2018 Lancashire Festival of Hope from busses after complaints were made about the preacher’s views on same-sex marriage.

On Monday, judges ruled that the council and transport services must pay £25,000 ($34,400) in “just satisfaction” damages and an additional £84,000 ($115,600) to cover the legal costs for the festival organisers, the local Blackpool Gazette newspaper reported.

In response to the ruling, Reverend Graham said: “This is an important moment for religious freedom in

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