A council has publicly apologised after it was fined for 'breaching human rights' by...
Oh boy! *gets popcorn*
...removing bus adverts for an evangelical Christian event.
Of course! It'd never be done for a Muslim Eid gathering, would it? But Christians are fair game, right?
Wrong, as it turned out. But what was so objectionable?
Ahead of an event at the town's Winter Gardens, the council removed advertisements that read 'Lancashire Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham - Time for Hope'.
'Hope'..? Hope is objectionable? To whom?
They had initially them (sic) but changed their position after a social media campaign against Mr Graham's 'offensive' opposition to same-sex marriage.
Ah! The usual suspects. And no doubt the council thought that they'd been played a winning hand in Victimhood Poker, until the courts slapped down a Royal Flush...
'We accept the findings of the Court that we discriminated against Lancashire Festival of Hope because of the religious beliefs of Franklin Graham and in doing so interfered with Lancashire Festival of Hope's right to freedom of speech,' the council said in a statement.
'We sincerely apologise to the organisers of the event for the upset and inconvenience caused.'
What about an apology to all the ratepayers who will actually be paying for your miscalculation?