Franklin Graham is ‘outraged’ over ACC’s move out of North Carolina

FILE - In this Sunday, May 24, 2009 file photo, Franklin Graham prepares to give the invocation before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. A watchdog group objected Tuesday, April 20, 2010 to Graham's invitation to speak at the Pentagon in May, saying his past description of Islam as "evil" offended Muslims who work for the Department of Defense and the appearance should be canceled. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, file)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Evangelist Franklin Graham has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference saying he’s “outraged” as the decision by the league to pull its championship games out of North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.

The Charlotte Observer reports the son of the Reverend Billy Graham sent a letter to ACC commissioner John Swofford. Copies were sent to the presidents of the 15 member schools.

In the letter, the younger Graham called on Swofford not to make “political pawns of student-athletes.” He also told Swofford that the ACC, NCAA and other companies and organizations now boycotting North Carolina because of the controversial law known as HB2 are guilty of “profound hypocrisy” for “making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage.”


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