Law and religion round-up – 30th October

And as Rishi Sunak becomes the sixth Prime Minister since we started this blog…

When cancelling an event unilaterally amounts to discrimination

In Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Against Scottish Event Campus Ltd [2022] SC GLW 33, Franklin Graham – the son of Dr Billy Graham – had been due to appear at the Hydro in Glasgow venue in May 2020 as part of a UK tour under the auspices of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). The “private” event was to be non-ticketed with members of the public entering free of charge. It was described as “an evangelistic outreach event to profess and promote religion or philosophical belief”; however, the SEC became aware of opposition to the event in November 2019 through the press and social media and decided to postpone it, after a meeting of Glasgow City Council including its leader, Susan Aitken, and the Labour group leader, Frank McAveety. The BGEA sued, alleging discrimination.

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