Liverpool’s regional mayor wants Franklin Graham bus ads removed for being ‘hate speech’

May 5, 2022 by

by Ian M Giatti, Christian Today:

American evangelist Franklin Graham is again drawing fire from local officials in the United Kingdom as the mayor of Liverpool has called for removing bus ads promoting Graham’s upcoming event due to his religious beliefs.

The ads, placed on buses in Liverpool, ask readers if they are “looking for something more” and show an image of the 69-year-old evangelical leader. The ads also feature information about the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s “God Loves You” Tour event set to take place on May 14 at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre.

Critics of the tour — most notably Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram — have called Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, a “known hate preacher” due to his opposition to gay marriage and radical Islam.

“To say that I’m angry that the views of a known hate preacher — who has an appalling track record of homophobic and Islamophobic views — are being displayed anywhere in our city region would be an understatement,” Rotherham told BBC.

The promotion seen on buses belonging to the Stagecoach and Arriva lines was undergoing reviews at both bus companies, the BBC reported, adding that Rotheram wrote to both companies requesting the removal of the advertisements.

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See also: Franklin Graham is not a ‘hate preacher’, by David Robertson, Christian Today

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