LABOUR and an Extremist Muslim hate group have called for a Christian preacher linked to President Trump to be denied UK visa sparking fears of a ‘Holy War’ against Christians.
Franklin Graham, who has called Islam ‘evil’, is due to speak at a festival in Blackpool later this year, but Labour, the Muslim Council of Britain and a Tory Government Whip have called on Sajid Javid to BAN him from the UK.
The preacher said Trump’s election victory was evidence that “God’s hand” was at work, has called Islam “evil” and “wicked” and claimed Barack Obama’s “problem is that he was born a Muslim.”
The Muslim Council of Britain, who once used Extremists to investigate Extremism joined three MPs, including a government whip, in demanding the Home Office apply its criteria on hate speech to Graham’s visa request.
The MCB said: “In the past, the government has banned individuals whom they claim are ‘not conducive to the public good’.
Mr Graham’s remarks are on record and clearly, demonstrate a hatred for Muslims.
“We would expect the government to apply its criteria here. If it does not, it will send a clear message that it is not consistent in challenging all forms of bigotry.”
Gordon Marsden, the Labour MP for Blackpool South, said he would write to Sajid Javid, the home secretary, this week to call for Graham to be denied a visa.
“It’s perfectly possible for the government not to admit someone whose presence is not conducive to the public good,” he said. “Graham’s visit to Blackpool is likely to cause considerable offence.”
Paul Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys and a government whip, and Afzal Khan, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, have also opposed the visit – despite Britain being a majority Christian country.
Graham is scheduled to be the main speaker at the Festival of Hope, which opens at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens conference centre on 21 September.
The event has been organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is backed by more than 30 local churches of various denominations.