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Evangelist Franklin Graham Banned from Liverpool Venue for Preaching Hate

Christian evangelist and hate-preacher Franklin Graham was scheduled to speak in Liverpool this summer as part of a longer UK tour, but that stop won’t be happening anymore. The venue where he was speaking, ACC Liverpool, announced that he would no longer be welcome. They cited Graham’s history of statements which are “incompatible with our values.”

Over the past few days we have been made aware of a number of statements which we consider to be incompatible with our values. In light of this 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 organisers of the event that the booking will no longer be fulfilled.

The BBC offers a hint of what they’re talking about by noting that Graham says gay marriage is a “sin,” but a letter to the venue from a coalition of LGBTQ groups was more explicit: