More than 8,000 people have signed a petition calling on event organizers in Britain to cancel an event that would see Trump ally and anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham appear in London this year as part of a planned tour across Britain.The petition, organized by action group All Out had initially claimed that Graham would be speaking at The O2, which it noted has the capacity to hold an audience of 20,000.
However, on Tuesday morning, Stephanie Moses, the head of communications for The O2, told Newsweek that while Graham may have had an interest in holding the event there, no deal was ever made and the event would not be happening at the premises. Asked why that was, Moses said: “It’s not very us. It’s just not an event we would take.” “Graham is a hate preacher. His message is deeply divisive, encourages violence has been condemned by UK Christian leaders,” the petition states.
Yesterday a Liverpool venue canceled Graham’s event after a similar public outcry.