Evangelist Franklin Graham has created a perfect storm of opposition by coming to Vancouver.
After offering adoring prayers at the inauguration of Donald Trump, whom he said was elected “by the hand of God,” the globe-trotting evangelist is venturing to the West Coast of Canada where an Insights West poll shows nine out of 10 disapprove of the billionaire president.
Graham is exposing himself to a multi-faith, immigrant-filled city with an influential gay community and a population of 2.5 million that tends to boast tolerance of everything except intolerance.
Metro Vancouverites – two of five of whom have “no religion” – have a live-and-let-live view of things Graham denounces: homosexuals, atheists, abortion, immigrants, Islam, refugees, Democrats, gun control and assisted dying.
Since Graham also has a habit of telling Christians who disagree with him that they’re not real Christians, it’s another reason he’s been drawing spikey local and international media attention for his March 3-5 crusade at Rogers Arena.