The leadership in charge of protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community should be extremely cautious about trying to ban Christian events. The recent ban on Franklin Graham by Liverpool, England is, in my opinion, a monumental blunder. It doesn’t take long for a rights movement to fall into disfavor. The quickest way I know, is by unjustly silencing the rights of other minority groups.
I believe most fair minded people can plainly see that the parties responsible for the ban in Liverpool are lying. They claim that Franklin Graham preaches hate. That is an absolute lie. Are they trying to associate preaching the Bible with hate? Are they trying to lump Graham in with bigots like the Westboro Baptist crowd, Christian in name only, and who really do preach hate?
The second lie, is that they are banning Franklin Graham because they “are against hate.” This is important because as I said, I believe they are trying to link Graham with extremists. By that metric, they should also be banning Islamic events, linking them to extremist nations where Gays are thrown off of buildings in the name of Islam. But these Liverpool leaders would never do that. I will deal with that double standard later in this blog.
This grandstanding has zero to do with hate, intolerance, or inclusion. Most of all, it has nothing to do with the safety of the LGBTQ community. There is no evidence of any kind that Franklin’s preaching has ever incited violence anywhere. That’s because his message condemns violence. The fact is that it has the total opposite effect, because it is a message which values all human life as priceless—something so precious, that it was why Jesus gave His life.
Ask yourself this: Franklin often preaches in the conservative south—a place that ignorant people love to label as intolerant—yet there has never been any violence when Graham has preached there. How much less would it be likely to occur in uber—leftist Liverpool? I mean, come on.
That is like thinking that if Graham preached in Berkeley, leftist protesters would spontaneously turn on Antifa. Give me a break!
Their actions have nothing to do with either Graham’s nonexistent hate, or the myth of inciting violence. This is not about hate, it is not about intolerance. This is about tyranny.
This is about a system that wants control over what you are allowed to believe, and even what you are allowed to think. Were you aware that the government in Great Britain monitors and censors everything that Church of England pastors preach from the pulpit?
Why will they not censor Radical Islam? Because the Left is atheist-based and hates Christianity, Western Civilization, and of course Israel. So, while some on the Left violently oppose the theology they find common ground. The old adage applies…my enemy’s enemy is my friend.
I have no doubt that this terribly misguided ban will backfire in Biblical proportions.
George Orwell would be horrified by these leaders in Liverpool, where it has finally struck ‘thirteen o’clock.’ As he predicted in his books, the message of those in favor of a one-world government is, ‘We tell you what you can say. We tell you what you can think. We tell you what to hate. We tell you it is consistent, even when it is totally inconsistent. Don’t you dare think for yourself. And don’t you dare listen to truth unless of course, it is our truth…’
P.S. We have a special concern because this same tyranny is brewing in California where God haters are looking for an excuse to muffle free speech, including banning events that are incompatible with “California Values.” We need special prayer as we win souls down Highway 99 in California. MMM