Petitioning Home Secretary Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Stop Hate Preacher Franklin Graham's Visa to UK

Franklin Graham engages in hate speech against minorities. He is due to  speak in the UK, in Blackpool, in Sept 2018.

Franklin Graham has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is right” in his crackdown against LGBT rights in his country (5)where gay people are subject to severe human rights abuses. Atrocities and executions of gay people continue to go on in the Russian republic of Chechyna with no intervention from the Russian authorities.

Franklin Graham has stated that gay children and gay people are dangerous (6) and should not be allowed into churches or Christian homes.

Franklin Graham supports a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States (3) while advocating that Muslims already in living in the United States should be interned in concentration camps (4).

Unlike his father, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham engages in outspoken bigotry targeting refugees, Muslims and LGBT people. His father promoted unity and respect in communities but Franklin Graham’s extreme views promote prejudice and division.

Franklin Graham presents Donald Trump’s Presidency as the result of God’s intervention in the American election (1a). He wholeheartedly supports Trump whose rhetoric targeting immigrants and Muslims as a cause of the problems in the United States has jeopardised the safety of many.

He says that refugees (of any religion) fleeing ISIS in the Middle East should not be offered sanctuary in the United States (1b).This has alarmed aid workers working with desperate people fleeing for their lives in these regions.

Evangelical leaders in Norway are engaged in protests about his invitation to their country (7). In Vancouver 60 Christian leaders publicly expressed their objections to him preaching in their city (8). BBC Radio 4 has broadcast a feature about the controversy surrounding his invitation to Blackpool in 2018 (7& 9).

Speech likely to promote prejudice and hatred is grounds for the government to refuse a visa. Help us stop this man getting a visa to come here to spread his hatred. 

References:

1a Tweeted by Franklin Graham on 14.12.2016 at 5.02pm @Franklin_Graham

1b https://baptistnews.com/article/franklin-graham-is-dead-wrong/

2 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/20

3 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/frankling-graham-refugees_us_5889049ce4b061cf898c6c42

4 https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/franklin-grahams-turn-toward-intolerance

5 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2014/03/19/franklin-graham-putin-is-better-than-obama-on-gay-rights/?utm_term=.4f7b77379897

6 http://drjamesdobson.org/Broadcasts/Broadcast?i=a3d573e3-9c9c-498a-860b-9c0d6f08ef3a

7 Radio 4 Sunday 2nd July 7.20am http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wmjp2

8 www.cbc.ca/.../franklin-graham-says-controversy-over-vancouver-rogers-arena-speaking

9. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/church-fury-as-anti-gay-cleric-invited-to-talk-1-8601343

 

 

 

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