Last week it was announced President Barack Obama is preparing to name the Greenwich Village neighborhood bar, and park across the street, as part of the National Park Service. In 1969 the Stonewall riots occurred outside of the bar, an event considered as the spark of the modern LGBTI equality movement. This Friday, May 6, evangelical leader Franklin Graham wrote a Facebook post which showed that he completely opposes this decision: ‘A monument to sin? That’s unbelievable. War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin? The Washington Post reports that President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument in New York recognizing “the struggle for gay rights.” It’s no surprise that the three officials who represent the area and support the monument are all openly gay. I can’t believe how far our country has digressed. I hope that the president will reconsider. Flaunting sin is a dangerous move. God’s Word tells us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” .
The CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a constant critic of LGBTI rights. He railed against Bruce Springsteen when the performer canceled a North Carolina concert to protest the state’s HB2 law.
‘A nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress,’ the preacher tweeted.In a 2015 October interview, he denounced Obama and marriage equality.‘Same-sex marriage is a sin against God,’ Graham maintained. ‘God made us male and female, and then to say that marriage is between two men or two women, this is sin and the Obama administration is celebrating sin and they are pushing sin.’