Two More UK Venues Cancel Franklin Graham Events

The Guardian reports:

A second venue has cancelled a booking by an American evangelical preacher after concerns were raised about his promotion of homophobic views.

Franklin Graham, Donald Trump’s most prominent evangelical ally, had been due to visit Sheffield Arena in June as part of an eight-city tour of the UK. Sheffield City Trust (SCT), which runs the venue, announced today that it had cancelled the booking.

The ACC Liverpool had already cancelled an event featuring Graham, saying his views were incompatible with its values.

The BBC reports:

A US evangelist’s event in Glasgow has been cancelled following pressure from the council and religious groups. Franklin Graham, the eldest son of late preacher Billy Graham, said he believes homosexuality is a “sin”.

A petition was launched calling for the event at the Hydro on 30 May to be scrapped – organisers reconsidered following “recent adverse publicity”. Mr Graham denied promoting hateful speech after his events in Liverpool and Sheffield were cancelled this week.

His visit to Glasgow was part of an eight-city tour of the UK. The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) said it had “reviewed the event” with partners and shareholders – Glasgow City Council is the organisation’s majority shareholder.