Bus advertising to promote a church event in Lancashire have been banned by bosses at Blackpool Transport because they may upset the gay community. The Franklin Graham Lancashire Festival of Hope event placed the ads, which were then banned following a backlash from people claiming Franklin Graham was a homophobe because of his biblical views about sexual ethics.
Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport said, ‘The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.’
The churches, who form the organising committee for the Franklin Graham Lancashire Festival of Hope, issued a public statement in response to the ban. The statement read: ‘We hope Blackpool Transport will listen to our public feedback as well, and not show what appears to be a potential bias against Christians’.
It also called on supporters of the festival to ‘refrain from contacting Blackpool Transport directly’ and to ‘commit their energies to prayer’, so the committee could pursue a ‘fair and open dialogue’ with Blackpool Transport. The Lancashire Festival of Hope is to take place between 21 and 23 September this year.