Pink News reports:
Following decisions from arenas in Liverpool, Glasgow and Sheffield earlier this week, Franklin Graham’s appearances in Birmingham and Newport have now been dropped – while another in Milton Keynes is also set to be axed.
A spokesperson for the Arena Birmingham confirmed to PinkNews that his June 17 appearance had been cancelled, saying: “Following a review of The Graham Tour, Arena Birmingham has made the decision to no longer hold the scheduled event at the venue.”
The ICC Wales venue in Newport also confirmed that it has dropped his planned June 14 rally in the city. His June 10 appearance at the Marshall Arena in Milton Kenyes has also been scrapped. A statement to PinkNews says: “The Marshall Arena has taken the decision to cancel the event due to be held at the Arena on June 10.
Christianity Today reports:
Despite the setbacks, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, of which Graham is the CEO, said that the tour was going ahead as planned.
“This small but vocal minority is pressuring venues to back out of our contracts because I have said that God defines homosexuality as sin. Several venues have already told us that they are cancelling.
“Much prayer and effort has been put into this, and hundreds of churches across the U.K. are partnering in this tour. This is spiritual warfare. The enemy does not want the Gospel proclaimed.”
Our City is a diverse City and proud of our LGBTQ+ community and always will be. We can not allow hatred and intolerance to go unchallenged by anyone including by religious groups or sects. It’s right we have banned from the M&S Arena Franklin Graham.#Love conquers hatred always
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) January 26, 2020
Franklin doesn’t hate anybody. He disagrees with the homosexual agenda. Disagreement is not hate.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) January 29, 2020