Rev. Franklin Graham. (BGEA)
In reaction to news that President Barack Obama reportedly will approve a proposal to designate the Stonewall Inn, a notorious homosexual bar in New York City, as a national monument, Reverend Franklin Graham said it was "unbelievable," a means of "flaunting sin," and added that war heroes and the Founding Fathers merited honoring, but why establish "a monument to sin?"
"A monument to sin? That's unbelievable," said Rev. Graham in a May 6 post on Facebook. "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?"
"The Washington Post reports that President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument in New York recognizing 'the struggle for gay rights,'" said Rev. Graham, the son of pastor Billy Graham. "It’s no surprise that the three officials who represent the area and support the monument are all openly gay."
"I can’t believe how far our country has regressed," he said. "I hope that the president will reconsider."
"Flaunting sin is a dangerous move," said Rev. Graham. "God’s Word tells us, 'Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people' (Proverbs 14:34)."
"President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights," the Washington Post reported on May 3. "It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City. ... Obama is prepared to designate the area part of the National Park Service as soon as next month, which commemorates gay pride."
Video below from U.S. Department of the Interior: