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Franklin Graham: University of Tennessee's Sex Week Is 'Promoting Sin'

Franklin Graham

Programs on sex education and LGBT issues have come under fire from the conservative preacher.


Franklin Graham said the University of Tennessee is "promoting sin" for hosting sex education programs.

The conservative Christian preacher -- and defender of Donald Trump, who stands accused of sexual assault -- slammed Sex Week, a week-long series of programs at the Southern college, in a scathing Facebook post Friday.

The line-up, which runs April 6-12, includes titles like "Queer Theory," "Trans Convo Starter Pack," and "Trans Sex Positivity," "Masturbation Nation," "Butt Stuff 2.0," and "Science of Abortion." To boot, the week boasts a carnival, a cabaret, and a drag show.

"I'm saddened, disappointed -- and yes, shocked -- to see that University of Tennessee, Knoxville is promoting a 'Sex Week' for its students," Graham wrote. "This Fox News story refers to it as 'Sodom & Gomorrah.' It's even worse than the name sounds when you read the events and classes on their own website."

"There's nothing healthy or educational about all of this. It's just simply promoting sin. I think parents should take steps to see this stopped--or pull their students out," Graham added, urging his followers to complain to the school's chancellor. He even called on Governor Bill Haslam to "step in and make sure the group responsible is no longer allowed to do their damage at UT."

At the time of this article's publishing, Graham's post has nearly 25,000 shares and 10,000 comments. Most commenters agreed with Graham, calling the programs "sick," "wicked" and full of "brainwashing techniques" employed by "satan worshippers."

The founders of Sex Week expressed a different view. "Appreciating the diversity and unity of the human experience entails understanding the range of sexual and gender identities we hold and express, and how these are shaped by culture, politics, religion, the environment, and even the economy," read a statement on the event's website. "College is about education and thoughtful discussion, and that includes important topics like sex and sexuality."

The event's core values are listed as open-mindedness, inclusivity, and sex-positivity.

Graham is notoriously anti-LGBT. The head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, founded by his father, supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in his home state of North Carolina. He has said advances in LGBT rights have the U.S. on the edge of a "spiritual cliff."

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.