Online reservations made on 7-8 August for anti-gay preacher Franklin Graham’s lectures in Iceland have been annulled, due to “abuse”.
As reported, news broke in the Gay Pride week that missionary Franklin Graham would be the key speaker at a Christian festival held in Laugardalshöll at the end of September, Festival of Hope. Graham, along with his father, minister Billy Graham, has long been outspoken about his views that homosexuality is wrong and gay marriages shouldn’t be allowed.
The news of his visit to Iceland caused uproar in society and the National Church was criticised for promoting the event, as Graham’s views and propaganda do not align with Iceland’s public stance on gay marriages and other gay rights.
To protest, people rushed to reserve free tickets for Graham’s scheduled talks, with no intention of attending, hoping the anti-gay preacher would preach for an empty auditorium.
Everyone who had reserved tickets has now received an e-mail from midi.is stating: “Due to some people’s abuse of the booking operation for the Festival of Hope, it has been decided to annul all tickets that were reserved online on 7 and 8 August.”
Yesterday, it was revealed that Bishop of Iceland would participate in the festival.