A United States evangelist’s event in Glasgow has actually been cancelled following pressure from the council and religious groups.
Franklin Graham, the eldest son of late preacher Billy Graham, stated he thinks homosexuality is a “sin”.
A petition was introduced requiring the event at the Hydro on 30 Might to be scrapped – organisers reconsidered following “current negative promotion”.
Mr Graham rejected promoting despiteful speech after his events in Liverpool and Sheffield were cancelled today.
His see to Glasgow was part of an eight-city trip of the UK.
The Scottish Occasion Campus (SEC) stated it had “examined the event” with partners and shareholders – Glasgow City Council is the organisation’s bulk investor.
An SEC representative stated: “The reservation for this event was processed in the very same method we would for any religious concert of this nature and as an organisation we remain impartial to the private beliefs of both our customers and visitors.
” Following a demand from our primary investor the matter has been considered and a decision made that we must not host this occasion.”
Council leader Susan Aitken informed the Glasgow Times. she hoped the SEC could accept that “it would not be appropriate” for the event to proceed.
She said: “The reporting of the ways in which Mr Graham expresses his views makes clear that this is not merely about offence or dispute. Neither is it a dispute about free speech.
” How he reveals his views could, I believe, essentially breach the council’s statutory equalities responsibilities.”
Earlier this week the Reverend Bryan Kerr, a Church of Scotland minister in Lanark, launched a petition to pressure the SEC to reassess Mr Graham’s appearance.
Backed by Glasgow’s LGBT Interfaith Network, it said Mr Graham’s views were “not mainstream” and did not “sit easily with numerous Christians in Scotland”.
Mr Kerr said: “As the Bishop of Sheffield just recently said ‘Mr Graham’s rhetoric is consistently and unnecessarily inflammatory and in my opinion represents a danger to the social cohesion of our city.’
” The very same is real for Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.”
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It followed a previous petition, signed by 8,000 individuals, to prevent him from going into the UK.
Mr Graham has been criticised for declaring that marital relationship needs to be between a male and lady, along with comments made about fans of Islam.
He stated: “It is said by some that I am coming to the UK to bring hateful speech to your community. This is simply not true. I am concerning share the Gospel.
” The rub, I believe, is available in whether God specifies homosexuality as sin. The answer is yes. But God goes even further than that, to state that we are all sinners – myself included.
” I’m not coming to the UK to speak against anyone, I’m coming to speak for everybody. You are absolutely welcome.”
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