Franklin Graham ban: Rees-Mogg defends freedom of religion

Feb 14, 2020 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

While the General Synod of the Church of England was repenting of its ‘white privilege‘ and committing to ‘net zero’ carbon omissions by 2030, the Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP has been robustly defending freedom of religion. During Business Questions in the House of Commons, he was asked:

Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con)
The Prime Minister said in his Christmas message: “We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practise your faith.” Plainly, that was meant to include the UK, so may we have a statement on whether we can really call ourselves a tolerant, inclusive and diverse society that respects freedom of speech, whatever one’s religion or beliefs, if we deny the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association a platform in this country?

To which he responded:

Mr Rees-Mogg
No-platforming is a particularly disagreeable modern trend. Although venues are allowed to take their own decisions about whether or not to host Franklin Graham during his upcoming visit, they must, like all service providers, be careful not to discriminate unlawfully on grounds of religion and belief. The UK 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. That is fundamentally important. It is a 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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