Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is on a U.K. tour called “God Loves You” despite opposition from LGBT activists, including a Welsh Labour Party politician, due to his biblical views on marriage, said the accusation that he’s “a preacher of hate” is a lie.
“Their criticism is a lie. They say, I’m a preacher of hate,” Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told Premier Christian Newsduring his ongoing tour, which was scheduled for 2020, but the venues he had booked canceled the booking after activists groups complained about his past comments on homosexuality and Islam.
“The reason they say I’m a preacher of hate is because I say that marriage is between a man and a woman,” explained Graham, who also heads the Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian ministry. “And it is. What I do is I answer reporters’ questions. Well, what do you think about gay marriage? Well, it’s a sin. That’s what the Bible calls it.”
Graham’s tour involves free events throughout the U.K. from May through July.