Free Church of Scotland Official Statement – Franklin Graham

Feb 6, 2020 by

Freedom of Speech

In Paris on December 10, 1948, The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) ‘as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.’  Among its 30 articles were the following:

Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Last week a number of UK venues cancelled upcoming appearances by the American evangelist Franklin Graham.  It seems that the spirit of the UDHR is not so universal after all.   Strangely, free speech is now unwelcome in our 21st century context.  A declaration meant to bind all peoples in shared values and common aspirations is set aside.  So, we must conclude that only some speech is free and only certain religious views may be freely held.

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