Liverpool arena cancels Franklin Graham’s speech

MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 17: Evangelist and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Franklin Graham takes the stage before president-elect Donald Trump during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. President-elect Trump has been visiting several states that he won, to thank people for their support during the U.S. election. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

An event by anti-LGBT+ hate preacher Franklin Graham has been cancelled in Liverpool in the wake of the backlash around Mr. Graham’s visit. The venue’s spokesperson said that Mr. Graham’s views are not divided by the arena’s representatives, so that they cannot welcome him. “In light of [Mr. Graham’s statements] we can no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city. We have informed the organizers of the event that the booking will no longer be fulfilled. We are proud to represent all communities and will continue to move forward with our aim as a business to drive profile, major events and economic impact for Liverpool City Region,” their official statement reads. The evangelical preacher was due to speak at the ACC Liverpool on June 12 as part of an eight-city tour of the UK in memory of his father, one of the most famous prominent evangelicals of the XX century Billy Graham. But the Liverpool branch of the Labour Party LGBT+ Network started a petition not to let the preacher enter the city. A representative for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association already responded to the arena’s representatives claiming that the event will go as planned and there is no need to cancel it, but they will find another venue to hold it.


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