A new commercial by the Ad Council that promotes diversity with the NFL's "kiss cam" has outraged evangelist Franklin Graham (video below).
The Valentine's Day ad, filmed at the Pro Bowl, includes kisses by same-sex couples, which Graham took exception to on Facebook on Feb. 16:
Football season is over and the Super Bowl is behind us. But the NFL is trying to push homosexuality through a new pro same-sex ad. In this ad they show two men kissing each other and two women kissing each other on the "kiss cam."
They’re trying to define sin as love and make it acceptable. This generation is being bombarded with an upside-down version of truth and love. Don’t fall for it. We have to love people enough to tell them the truth about sin and warn them of its consequences as defined by God, not man. Go to the NFL’s Facebook page and tell them how disappointed you are that they are promoting this agenda.
The NFL tweeted a link to the ad on Feb. 14 with this caption: "See how Love Has No Labels came to life at the 2017 Pro Bowl."
On Feb. 20, Graham accused LGBT activists of "blackmail" and NFL of making a "threat" because the league recently suggested that it would not hold major events in Texas if the state passes a "bathroom bill" that would not allow transgender people to use facilities that match their gender identity:
They might want to think twice about messing with Texas! One week after Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, the NFL sent a not-so-veiled threat suggesting that if TX legislature passes a proposed bathroom bill requiring people to use the bathroom, locker room, changing room, or showers assigned to their biological gender -- they might lose top dollar sports events. LGBT activists think they’ve got this kind of blackmail down pat -- but they may have a surprise with Texas.
The NFL’s threat is pretty much identical to the one the NBA and the NCAA issued against North Carolina last year. The NBA pulled out of NC for their All-Star Game -- and look what happened. I just read that ticket prices for the All-Star Game in New Orleans were 71 [percent] lower than the previous year due to low demand.
If you ask me, it serves them right -- they should’ve stayed in NC! This isn’t just basketball and football, it’s blackmail -- the liberal left and LGBT activists are trying to push this down America’s throat and I hope it backfires. I agree with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick -- "The NBA and the NFL have lost their minds, as well as their moral compass.
Graham went on to frame this position against transgender people as a "safety" issue:
As a real example, do we really want a player on the men’s high school basketball team who "self-identifies" as female to be able to choose the girls’ locker room to suit up and shower in? Obviously not. Neither do you want a man who says he feels like a woman to be able to use the public restroom with your granddaughter. There are all kinds of safety and privacy issues with what the LGBT crowd are pushing for.
The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, which is made up of 200 organizations that support domestic violence survivors and sexual assault victims, said in March 2016 that it supports "full and equal access for the transgender community" to bathrooms, noted ABC News.
The coalition also pushed back on those who promoted bathroom predator claims about transgender people:
Over 200 municipalities and 18 states have nondiscrimination laws protecting transgender people’s access to facilities consistent with the gender they live every day. None of those jurisdictions have seen a rise in sexual violence or other public safety issues due to nondiscrimination laws. Assaulting another person in a restroom or changing room remains against the law in every single state.