Franklin Graham, who heads the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse, says Disney has “gone too far” and now it’s going to cost the company “big time.”
His comments came over the weekend in response to the fracas that has developed in Florida over Disney’s open advocacy for the LGBTQ agenda – and its attacks on the state of Florida for a law that protects young children in school from indoctrination efforts by those promoting transgenderism and the like.
“LGBTQ activists are using corporations to force their agenda on the public, and companies may want to take another look at what they are allowing to happen,” he explained. “Disney has gone too far. The people of Florida have revolted, and it’s going to cost Disney big time.”
He pointed out the state’s decision to rescind a special district set up to allow the corporation great freedom to operate its businesses and parks.
“Disney had a special tax status in the state which they benefited from in a huge way—but because they came out against the parents of Florida, the governor and legislators have revoked that status,” Graham wrote in an online post.
“What has happened at Disney is moral failure. Walt Disney had a vision for wholesome family entertainment. He was committed to the family,” he said.
But now, “The morals of the corporate leadership of Disney today are in the gutter, and they want to redefine family counter to God’s original design and flaunt sin. Thank God for Gov. Ron DeSantis who is willing to take a bold stand. We need more leaders like him. God bless him and the Florida legislature.”
He pointed out there’s “a TON of fun things for families to do [in Florida] other than supporting Disney.”
The Washington Examiner explained it was Disney’s “outspoken criticism” of the state’s “Parental Rights in Education Act” that provoked the war.
WND reported on Friday that DeSantis has signed legislation that eliminates the Reedy Creek Improvement District, that special government privilege that was created nearly 60 years ago and allowed the Disney megacorporation to run its parks and other properties in Florida essentially without government oversight.
Those properties soon will be subject to the oversight of county health departments, building departments, road departments and taxation.
DeSantis had requested the legislation because of Disney’s decision to bash a new state law that bans LGBT indoctrination in public schools for students in kindergarten through grade 3.
Joe Biden had, only hours earlier, lashed out angrily at the GOP for its provision to protect parental rights and children in Florida.
He was trying to raise money for Democrats when he blasted DeSantis and his state.
“Christ, they’re going after Mickey Mouse,” he said in a profane rant.
Earlier in the week, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a homosexual, invited Disney to move to the mountain state, claiming that there, the government doesn’t interfere with the internal workings of corporations.
He was, however, wrong, as Colorado has actively attacked multiple Christian-owned companies for declining to violate their owners’ faith standards by promoting homosexuality.
The state even famously earned a public rebuke from the U.S. Supreme Court for its interference in Masterpiece Cakeshop, whose owner, Jack Phillips, was ordered into a reindoctrination program by the state for refusing to promote homosexuality with his baking artistry.
The court gave Phillips the win in his dispute with the state because of Colorado’s public “hostility” to Christianity.
Even now, Colorado is demanding to control how a web company, 3030 Creative which designs websites for weddings, runs its operations. The state is demanding the owner, a Christian, promote same-sex weddings online. The state even banned her from explaining she cannot do that because of her religious faith.
That case now is at the Supreme Court.
In Florida, Disney’s operations now will be regulated by two counties, Orange and Osceola, in which its properties lie.
The district, which now apparently will sunset about a year from now, oversaw land use, environmental protections, fire protection, emergency medical services, water and sewage, waste management, drainage and flood control, electric power distribution, and more.
The counties then will assume all of Reedy Creek’s assets, including taxing authority, and liabilities.
The creation of the district back in the 1960s was key to the company’s decision to develop its 27,000 acres. At the time, Disney claimed it needed complete autonomy to plan a “futuristic city” which never materialized.
The action by the state was in response to the company’s interference in state matters. Lawmakers there adopted a law preventing teachers of students in kindergarten through grade three from indoctrinating them with transgender ideologies.
The company publicly opposed it and claimed its goal was to overturn the law.
Disney’s Latoya Raveneau, as seen in a leaked video, told her colleagues in a virtual meeting that she and her team are regularly “adding queerness” to children’s programming. In another leaked video, Disney corporate president Kathy Burke told employees that “as the mother [of] one transgender child and one pansexual child,” she supports having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories.” She said she wants a minimum of 50% of characters to be LGBTQIA and racial minorities.
Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, mischaracterized by opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, bans “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade. It also bars teaching “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” Critics say that could be interpreted to extend through all grades.
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