United Kingdom officials are “delighted” that Evangelical leader, and a big supporter of President Trump, Rev. Franklin Graham is being banned from all seven venues he was planning to use for his United Kingdom tour.
The Utility Arena in Newcastle was the more recent venue that denied Graham the use of their facility after venues in Birmingham, Newport, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, and Liverpool barred him as well. Graham was censored because of his anti-LGBTQ views, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said he was “delighted” the Arena will not allow the event.
“Pastor Graham peddles controversial, repulsive views about LGBT people which are in direct conflict with the values we hold dear in Newcastle,” Forbes told Chronicle Live.
A petition campaign organized by the group “All Out” received 9,000 signatures to prevent Graham from appearing in London at the O2 Arena. On its website the group said, “Let’s send a clear message to this US hate monger that he is not welcome in London or the UK!”
In response to the backlash Rev. Graham said: “When my father first came to [the London Borough of] Harringay, there was a petition circulated by many churches demanding that he not be allowed in the country. Throughout history, the Gospel has consistently faced opposition.”
Graham wrote an open letter on Facebook to the UK LGBTQ community saying:
It is said by some that I am coming to the UK to bring hateful speech to your community. This is just not true. I am coming to share the Gospel, which is the Good News that God loves the people of the UK, and that Jesus Christ came to this earth to save us from our sins.
The rub, I think, comes in whether God defines homosexuality as sin. The answer is yes. But God goes even further than that, to say that we are all sinners—myself included. The Bible says that every human being is guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness and cleansing. The penalty of sin is spiritual death—separation from God for eternity.
I invite everyone in the LGBTQ community to come and hear for yourselves the Gospel messages that I will be bringing from God’s Word, the Bible. You are absolutely welcome.
To this date, Graham is working with other venues and the tour has not been canceled. The LGBTQ community in the UK has done nothing to try and stop Muslim meetings in the country and is solely targeting Christians.