Graham Slams Disney’s ‘Moral Failure’: They’ve ‘Got Too Far’
Franklin Graham has warned Disney has “gone too far” in its submission to LGBT activists after speaking out against a Florida parental rights bill.
Graham, the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Facebook Saturday to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Disney’s activism against the Parental Rights in Education Act (House Bill 1557). The measure requires schools to inform parents of all health services their child receives on campus. It also prevents educators from discussing topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity with students in kindergarten through third grade. While Disney is based in California, it operates the Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida.
Initially choosing to remain neutral on the bill, Disney eventually joined a chorus of LGBT activists and progressive groups in deriding the measure as a “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Under pressure from identified LGBT employees and Disney allies, a company spokesperson later issued a statement stating that HB 1557 “should never have passed and should never have become law”, adding: ” Our goal as a company is to have this law repealed by the legislature or struck down by the courts.”
In the days following the company’s vow to push for repeal of the bill, video footage obtained by Christopher Rufo of the Manhattan Institute revealed Disney employees talking about their efforts to embed the ideology LGBT in children’s programming.
This, combined with Disney’s advocacy against HB 1557, resulted in an intense backlash from conservatives and many Christians, including Graham, who began his Facebook post by citing Disney’s activism as an example of how “LGBTQ activists use corporations to force their agenda on the public. .”
Additionally, Graham insisted that “companies may want to review what they allow.” An opinion poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group found that 70% of Americans are less likely to do business with Disney because of its creation of “content to expose young children to sexual ideas”.
The political action committee Floridians for Economic Advancement asked voters in Florida’s Democratic primary if they thought young college students should “learn about sexual orientation in the classroom from their teachers.” A majority of respondents (52%) answered either “definitely no” or “somewhat no” to the question, illustrating a contrast between the opinions of Democratic primary voters and Democrats in the state Legislature, who voted unanimously against HB 1557.
After remarking that “Disney has gone too far”, Graham proclaimed that “the people of Florida have rioted, and it’s going to cost Disney dearly.” He specifically noted that “Disney had special tax status in the state from which they benefited immensely – but because they spoke out against parents in Florida, the governor and lawmakers revoked that status.”
“What happened at Disney is a moral failure,” Graham insisted. “Walt Disney had a vision of wholesome family entertainment. He was committed to family. The morals of Disney’s corporate leadership today are in the gutter, and they want to redefine family against God’s original design and display the sin.
As noted by Graham, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will effectively abolish the “special independent district” containing Disney World.
Florida State Representative Spencer Roach explained that the Reedy Creek Improvement District allows Disney World to operate as its “own government,” making them “exempt from all county regulations and the most state regulations.
Roach reported that “under the law, Disney could build a nuclear plant there and we couldn’t do anything about it.” He classified the Reedy Creek Improvement District as a “free market outlier” since other theme parks such as Busch Gardens and Universal Studios do not have the same privileges as Disney.
Graham praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for taking a “bold stance” before offering alternative activities for families during a visit to the Sunshine State as opposed to Disney: “I’m in Orlando right now with our Samaritan’s Purse Operation Heal Our Patriots couples military veterans and it’s absolutely gorgeous!I can tell you there’s a ton of fun things to do here for families other than supporting Disney. ”
Graham isn’t the only religious leader to worry about Disney’s LGBT activism. Former Bethel cult leader Sean Feucht held a rally to protest the company’s embrace of ‘perversion’ outside Disney’s California headquarters and plans to stage a protest at Disney World later this month. next.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: email@example.com