The American bigot, currently touring Britain with a ridiculous 'God Loves You' series of events, is harshly grilled by Piers Morgan.
Despite vociferous opposition voiced in the past by gay rights activists, the Muslim Council of Britain and even some Christians to crusades held in the UK by the demented Graham, he is back in Britain, spouting the same drivel he’s internationally known for.
But, in an interview with Piers Morgan, posted on YouTube on July 14, the head of Samaritan’s Purse got a rough ride. Appearing on Morgan’s Uncensored show he said he “loves” homosexuals, but feels duty-bound to “warn them and tell them the truth.”
Warn them about what?
In 2014, he is reported as saying that he loves gays:
Enough to care to warn them that if they want to continue living like this, it’s the flames of hell for you.
He vowed to continue to to issue such warnings because he would one day have to answer to God and “does not want to be found to have been a coward who refused to preach God’s laws.”
Reporting on the interview, LGBTNation quoted Morgan as saying: “Your tour is called ‘God Loves You.’ Why do you think it’s Christian to stigmatise gay people?”
Graham’s response: “I don’t stigmatise them.”
Explaining why he labels members of LGBT communities as “sinners”, Graham played the slippery eel, declaring:
We are all sinners. It’s what God says. It’s what the Bible teaches.
Morgan suggests the Bible is full of “all sorts of things that we don’t do now,” but Graham asserts he believes in the Bible “from cover to cover.”
“The Bible has stuff in it that would be absurd today,” Morgan continues.
“No, I believe the Bible to be the word of God.”
“So we should still be stoning people in the street?” Morgan asks. “Would you do that? Would you allow adulterers to be stoned in the street?”
Graham says “Jesus straightened that up” and recalls the story of a woman brought before him to be stoned for adultery.
Jesus told her to “go, and sin no more.”
Morgan suggested that plummeting belief in God and organised religion in the US may be related to the church’s views on LGBTQ people, and a reason for religion “going out of fashion with younger people.”
Graham has long been known for speaking out against LGBTQ people. In October, he praised North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) for “having the guts to stand up and tell the truth.” Robinson called LGBTQ people “filth”.
Around the same time, Graham called for foreign nations to deny people with official gender-neutral markers on their passport, and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA), which he runs, was named in a report as a group materially supporting proposed law further criminalizing LGBTQ people around the world.
You’re entitled to your views, but I think one of the reasons religion is becoming less popular is because young people look at senior figures like you and think, ‘That doesn’t sound very Christian to me, that sounds to me like somebody who is homophobic.’
In 2018, the Muslim Council of Great Britain called upon the Home Office to deny Graham a visa, accusing him of spreading of “hatred”.
The Council, which represents more than 500 mosques and Islamic organisations, told The Guardian:
In the past, the government has banned individuals whom they claim are ‘not conducive to the public good’. Mr Graham’s remarks are on record and clearly demonstrate a hatred for Muslims and other minorities.
Among the criticisms made of Franklin Graham, he is purported to have said during an interview shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001 that Islam is a “very evil and wicked religion”.
In 2020 the BGEA launched legal proceedings after a series of UK venues cancelled its bookings.
Eight venues, located in Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle cancelled his gospel events because of his hateful views.
The evangelist stated that the meetings had been cancelled:
Because we preach a message of God’s love, stand uncompromisingly on traditional Biblical beliefs about human sexuality, and share with all people that Jesus Christ is the only way they can be forgiven of sin and have a right relationship with God.
Rise of secularism blamed
Graham expressed concern over:
The rise of secularism and the potential suppression of religious freedom and freedom of speech in the UK. I will never sit back quietly and let the government—or any other power—silence the church and prevent the preaching of God’s Word.
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