Sep 12, 2017 by Will Maule

Thousands Sign Petition Boycotting Franklin Graham From The UK

Franklin Graham has once again fallen victim to a boycott protest. This time, it is coming out of the United Kingdom. Graham is set to speak at an event in Blackpool, UK, next year, but residents are not happy. Graham holds traditional Christian views on gay marriage and has been supporting of President Donald Trump, two things that many in this seaside town are not happy about. 

Liberty Church Blackpool, is opposing his visit and pastor Nina Parker launched the petition to block the invite. "It's horrendous really," she told the Blackpool Gazette. "I cannot understand what has got into these churches. This is not what we stand for in Blackpool. We don't need somebody preaching hate." The peition states that Graham has declared "hate speech against minorities." The peition continues: "Franklin Graham presents Donald Trump’s Presidency as the result of God’s intervention in the American election."

As it stands, the petition has gathered almost 2,000 signatures. 

Earlier this year, a group of Christian leaders attempted to stop Franklin coming to Vancouver for an evangelism event. 

"Franklin Graham's recent public comments compromise Jesus's mission of justice and love for all," a petition from Christian leaders read. "For instance, he has said that all Muslims should be banned from the United States because Islam is a 'very evil and wicked religion' at war with the Christian West."

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