Say NO to Franklin Graham!
On May 25th Graham will be speaking at Sheffield Arena, pushing his agenda of hate and division. This is despite both the local authority and the Arena trying to refuse.
Franklin Graham has publicly engaged in hate speech against multiple minority groups including, but not limited to, Muslims, LGBT+ people, and Migrants. His extreme views promote prejudice and division. Franklin Graham and his followers are everything that Sheffield is proud to stand against, and we need your help to make it clear he isn’t welcome!
Graham has a large public platform (with 2.3 million followers on Twitter alone) and was previously banned from speaking at all eight venues (Glasgow, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newport, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and London) that he was due to appear at in the UK in 2020. Following threats of legal action for breach of contract, he is now due to appear at four UK venues (Liverpool, Newport, Sheffield and London) in 2022.
Supported Putin during Russia's murders of gay men
Called on U.S. "to use weapons of mass destruction" against Islam
Opposed indictment of Sudanese president for acts of genocide
Supported those responsible for fatal violence in Charlottesville and Capitol Hill
Declared war on gay people
Referred to trans women as “paedophiles & sexually perverted men”
See more examples of Graham's harmful comments and beliefs below.
The UK currently has the highest level of hate crimes on record and the UK National Terrorism Threat Level has recently been raised from substantial to severe. We believe that given Graham’s previous public statements, his planned UK arena tour both justifies terrorist violence and fosters hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.
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More examples of Graham's harmful comments and beliefs
Support for acts of Terrorism
Stating that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is right” and praised his leadership for "protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda." in response to the state-sanctioned torture and murders of gay and bisexual men.
Stated schools have no right to “teach our children something that is an affront to God” referring to teaching about LGBT+ people in school, something which has been part of the national curriculum in the UK since 2020.
Opened a Covid field hospital which required all staff and volunteers to sign an anti-gay statement.
Insists that gay and lesbian people cannot have families
Accuses gay people of “recruiting” children.
Claims gay people ‘steal children’
Claims LGBT activists help ‘sexual predators and perverts’
Advocates for the right to fire people for being LGBT+
Advocates for ‘freedom’ to reject gay customers
Declared war on gay people – claiming they are “the enemy”
Refered to trans women as “pedophiles & sexually perverted men”
More statements describing Islam as a ‘very violent’ religion resulting in the U.S. Army withdrawing an invitation for him to speak at a Pentagon prayer event fearing Graham would fuel tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Graham and Trump at a rally in 2017. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images