Catholic MP Backs Free Speech as Anglican Bishops Gag Franklin Graham

Feb 17, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

A leading traditionalist Catholic politician has robustly defended Franklin Graham’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion after all seven venues booked by the preacher banned the evangelist from speaking during his forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom.

Liberal Anglican bishops had joined hands with anti-Christian secularists and gay activists in attempting to silence Graham by accusing him of peddling hate speech.

The Leader of Britain’s House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, condemned Graham’s “no-platforming” as a “particularly disagreeable modern trend” and stressed that freedom of speech was of “fundamental importance” for British society.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Rees-Mogg warned that the service providers running the seven tour venues were in danger of discriminating against Graham “unlawfully on grounds of religion and belief.”

“The U.K. has robust protections for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and the price of living in a free, plural society is tolerating views and beliefs that we disagree with or are even offended by,” Rees-Mogg told members of Parliament.

Alluding to liberal Anglican bishops who called for Christians to boycott Graham’s evangelistic meetings, Rees-Mogg lamented the “sad truth that many people who tout themselves as being liberal are liberal only about what they like and are very intolerant of the views with which they disagree.”

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