(This is a letter I happily put my name to a few days ago. It has been sent to MSPs, local councillors and newspapers)
4 February 2020
The cancellation by the SSE Hydro in Glasgow of the Franklin Graham event is a deeply disturbing decision that is antithetical to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and to true democratic values.
Franklin Graham is being discriminated against for having on occasions expressed mainstream Judaeo-Christian views on sexuality. His views in this area are not religiously extreme, indeed they simply reflect the historic and orthodox teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England and countless other denominational groups. Like all mainstream Christian leaders Franklin Graham believes that every human being is a precious soul made in the image of God, and thus should be loved and treated with respect accordingly.
The planned event is one in a rich tradition of such Christian activity going back centuries in both Glasgow and the country at large. As Rev. Graham has expressed himself his mission is not political but to make known the good news about Jesus Christ to every person regardless of their sexuality or any other characteristic.
As the leaders representing evangelical churches in the West of Scotland Gospel Partnership, we want to express our consternation and deep-seated fears at this discriminatory act against a faith group that has faithfully served the civic good of our city for generations.
Christians disagree about many things, but Christians all agree that respect for religious freedom and freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Therefore, we ask that the SSE Hydro management, and those political leaders who have influence in such matters, reverse this decision.
A failure to do so would be an ominous move towards a less free society and one that will in time have serious repercussions for the civic liberties of all.
On behalf the West of Scotland Gospel Partnership,
Rev. Colin Adams (Greenview Church, Glasgow)
Rev. Dr William Philip (The Tron Church, Glasgow)
Rev. Alan McKnight (Harper Church, Glasgow)
Rev. John MacKinnon (Calderwood Baptist Church, East Kilbride)
Rev. Dr Andrew Gemmill (Cornhill Training Scotland)
Rev. Craig Dyer (Christianity Explored Ministries)
Rev. Andrew Hunter (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches).Tweet