A US Christian conservative is appalled the Stonewall Inn might be a federal historical monument.
Last week it was announced President Barack Obama is preparing to name the Greenwich Village neighborhood bar, and park across the street, as part of the National Park Service. In 1969 the Stonewall riots occurred outside of the bar, an event considered as the spark of the modern LGBTI equality movement.
Yesterday, 6 May, evangelical leader Franklin Graham used Facebook to express his dismay.
‘A monument to sin,’ Graham wailed, according to the Washington Post. ‘That’s unbelievable. War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin?’
After disparaging the local politicians supporting the move, the preacher begs the president to back away.
‘I can’t believe how far our country has digressed. I hope that the president will reconsider. Flaunting sin is a dangerous move.’
The CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a constant critic of LGBTI rights. He railed against Bruce Springsteen when the performer canceled a North Carolina concert to protest the state’s HB2 law.
‘A nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress,’ the preacher tweeted.
In a 2015 October interview, he denounced Obama and marriage equality.
‘Same-sex marriage is a sin against God,’ Graham maintained. ‘God made us male and female, and then to say that marriage is between two men or two women, this is sin and the Obama administration is celebrating sin and they are pushing sin.’
Below is the minister’s Facebook post: