The cancellation of Franklin Graham’s tour events is a seminal moment for the UK

Feb 1, 2020 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea:

[…] Tozer’s comment is as relevant now as it was when he made it 65 years ago: “The church goes along with everything and stands against nothing – until she is convinced that it is the safe and popular thing to do; then she passes her courageous resolutions and issues her world-shaking manifestos – all in accord with the world’s newest venture – whatever it may be.”

All of the above has been all too common in the UK today – and in other Western countries and churches. The big difference this time – and one that has almost slipped by unnoticed – is the reason given by Glasgow City Council for it’s demand that Graham not be permitted to speak at the SEC (the Council is the major ‘stakeholder’).

Susan Aitken, the SNP Council leader stated that the Mission should not go ahead because it could be breaking the law. She stated that permitting Franklin Graham to speak at the SEC could “fundamentally breach the council’s statutory equalities duties.”

Let’s unpack the code language being used here. When Ms Aitken speaks about ‘equality’, she does not mean economic or financial equality. Last year, she defended Glasgow’s Lord Provost who had spent over £8,000 in two years on personal expenses for her civic duties – including 23 pairs of shoes. There are children in Glasgow who can’t afford shoes. No equality there.

Nor is she speaking about religious equality. One of the charges against Franklin Graham is that he has criticised Islam. Yet there are stand up comedians in Glasgow whose acts have a significant percentage of anti-Christian mockery. No equality there.

No, the issue here is that of the equality demanded by identitarian politics, those who claim victim status the most.

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Read also: The curious case of Franklin, free speech and the venue police by Peter Lynas, Premier

If the woke-ist stasi ban Franklin Graham, why don’t they ban diocesan conferences? by Julian Mann

Liverpool venue cancels Franklin Graham eventfrom BBC News

March of the thought policeby Sue Reid, Mailonline

Will no one resist the new totalitarianism? by Douglas Murray, UnHerd

 

 

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