Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, has gone ahead with his planned appearance at a Christian event in Canada despite attempts by the Vancouver mayor to drop the ‘contentious pastor’.
In February, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson asked the organisers of the Festival of Hope event, which happened between 3-5 March, to drop headline speaker Rev. Franklin Graham. Along with other councillors, he suggested that the festival consider replacing him for the free event.
According to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Mr Robertson’s objection to Mr Graham was because of his ‘controversial’ statements about Muslims, gays and lesbians.
The Globe and Mail said Rev. Tom Cooper, a minister and president of City in Focus, also opposed Mr Graham’s visit. While he praised Franklin Graham’s work with Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organisation, and acknowledged the Christian community is diverse, he said much of Mr Graham’s social and political commentary made him ‘a lightning rod for a lot of division’.