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Bus advert decision not unlawful

The Mayor of London's decision to ban a Christian group's controversial bus advert about gay people was not unlawful, the High Court ruled today.

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Christian Legal Centre: public debate is 'censored'

The Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which is supporting Core Issues, welcomed the judge's criticism of TfL's "unfair" procedures.

"Coming on the heels of the 'BA cross' judgment in the European Court, this is another important victory for Christian freedoms and a stinging rebuke for Boris Johnson and TfL," said CLC's director Andrea Minichiello Williams."Blatant discrimination will not be tolerated by the courts."

She added: "This judgment exposes that bus adverts placed by Stonewall and the British Humanist Association were in clear breach of TfL's own guidelines yet they were allowed to run, even though they proved to be highly controversial at the time."Then, as soon as a Christian group responds to Stonewall's provocation and dares to challenge the reigning political orthodoxy, the message is banned.

"This case demonstrates the huge asymmetry and censorship that characterises public debate at the moment."Some people choose not to act on same-sex attraction. They should not be ostracised for doing so but helped, if that is what they choose. Mike Davidson and Core Issues Trust want to help those who experience same-sex attraction but would prefer to change that."

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