A Scottish court has recognized the importance and the urgency of resolving a dispute relating to the Scottish Event Campus’s (SEC) cancellation of its contract with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) by ordering expedited treatment of the case.

The SEC must tell the court within seven days why it cancelled its legally-binding contract with the BGEA.

“I want to encourage the Scottish Event Campus to meet with us and discuss options for a way forward. Let’s work toward a resolution,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“This is ultimately about whether the Scottish Event Campus will discriminate against the religious beliefs of Christians. More than 330 churches in the Glasgow area alone support this evangelistic outreach and their voices are being silenced. This case has wide-reaching ramifications for religious freedom and democracy in the UK and Europe.”

Dubbed by some in the UK as the ‘hate preacher’ because he views homosexuality as a sin, venues have been trying to stop the son of Billy Graham from touring the country. However, he remains undeterred.

Just last week, a British MP questioned how venues are ‘tolerant, inclusive’ if Franklin Graham is being banned from speaking at them.

All eight key venues have now canceled their bookings for Franklin Graham’s 2020 UK tour. He also recently traveled to the region to shore up support.

As the BGEA awaits a response from the SEC, support from local churches is continuing to grow. Throughout the UK, more than 2,000 churches of various denominations are now collaborating with this historic evangelistic effort.

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