British Pastors, Politicians Want To Stop U.S. Evangelist From Preaching In Their Town

Source: Huffington Post

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Franklin Graham (shown here at a rally in Haiti in 2011) is planning to attend an evangelistic event in Blackpool, England, in September 2018.

Several British pastors and politicians are voicing concerns about a controversial American evangelist’s plans to preach in the U.K. next year.

Franklin Graham, a prominent evangelical pastor who has made blatantly homophobicand Islamophobic statements in the past, is scheduled to headline the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool in September 2018. Graham’s three-day event — similar to the “crusades” once led by his famous father, Billy Graham — is reportedly taking place with the blessing of more than 300 church leaders and members in England.

But not all residents of the area are enthused about Graham coming to town. Some have urged the U.K.’s home secretary Amber Rudd to ban the preacher from entering the country altogether, the Guardian reports.

Nina Parker, the pastor of a church in Blackpool, told HuffPost in an email that she’s worried that Graham’s visit could embolden those who are prejudiced toward Muslims and queer people to express that hate.

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