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Franklin Graham’s Ads Pulled From British Buses Over LGBT Views. He’s Not Backing Down.

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Blackpool Transport, a British transit company, has decided to pull advertisements for Franklin Graham’s crusade from their buses after the company stated they received complaints related to his views regarding the homosexual lifestyle.

The ads were for Graham’s upcoming “Crusade of Hope” which is to take place in September. Blackpool Transit has stated that they are removing the ads due to “customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension.”

LGBTQ group Blackpool Pride last month canceled its two-day festival booking at the Winter Gardens to protest Graham’s appearance, the Gazette added.

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Two members of Parliament urged the British government to investigate if Graham should be denied a visa, the Gazette noted. Officials have accused Graham of “hate speech,” citing his words against Islam and the LGBT community. As the Guardian noted, Graham has said Islam is “an evil and very wicked religion.”

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Last year Graham said although he loves those in the LGBT community, he won’t be coerced into accepting the LGBT lifestyle: “The LGBT community continues to target Christians to try to get us to accept their lifestyle. It ain’t gonna happen. God calls homosexuality sin — take it up with Him if you don’t like it. He is the one who defines sin, not me.”

In other words, if you believe that marriage and sex are sacred institutions and practices created and designed by God — a truth evident in nature —  you are an evil bigot guilty of “hate speech.” Even if you don’t actually hate anyone at all and only disagree with their lifestyle.

This is the world we live in now, folks. And these extreme measures are what our politicians want to bring to our shores.

However, much to Blackpool Transit’s chagrin, Graham isn’t backing down. Here’s what he had to say about the ads being pulled:

“I’m sorry that some see hope as offensive, but I can assure you that tens of thousands of people in Blackpool and across the United Kingdom are searching for hope,” he wrote on Friday. “Sex, drugs, money, even religion — none of these are the answer.”

Graham continued: “I’m coming to share with everyone in Blackpool, Lancashire, and across North West England that there is One who can give you hope. Hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity. His name is Jesus Christ! Will you pray with me for this event in September and for God to work in a mighty way to transform hearts and lives across this region?”

The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle that is highly offensive to God — it violates his natural created order — and often leads to the destruction of civilization and societies. There’s nothing wrong with exercising concern with this practice and lifestyle.

Apparently the British do not value freedom of speech, or the truth for that matter, because if they did, they would allow the ads to stay up and for this man to have the full God-given right to speak about his beliefs.

God bless Mr. Graham for sticking to his faith.

Source: TheBlaze

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DOJ Opens Investigation into Minneapolis Police Department

The investigation will feature the department’s civil rights division.

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