05/02/2020, Michael Foust
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says a 2020 Franklin Graham tour of the United Kingdom will go on, despite seven of the eight venues canceling agreements due to what critics say are Graham’s “homophobic views.”
Graham, the son of the late Billy Graham, is scheduled to speak in eight United Kingdom cities from May 30 to Oct. 4, but that is in doubt after seven venues canceled the contracts – or refused to sign them – under pressure from LGBT groups and activists.
ACC Liverpool, an arena and conference center in Liverpool, was the first to cancel, as Christian Headlines previously reported in January. Since then, though, six more venues have done the same. The Graham Tour website lists “Location TBA” on every city except Newcastle, where it is scheduled to be held at Utilita Arena. The Planetshakers and Michael W. Smith also are scheduled to sing.
Bryan Kerr, a Church of Scotland minister, launched a petition to pressure the Scottish Event Campus to cancel Graham’s appearance at Glasgow Hydro, an arena. It worked: Scottish Event Campus scrapped the booking.
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