Franklin Graham is criticizing Bruce Springsteen for canceling his concert in North Carolina because of a new state law that restricts what bathrooms transgender people may use.
Under the new state law, transgender people are only allowed to use bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender, according to The Christian Post.
Springsteen announced the cancellation of his show on Friday.
“Bruce Springsteen, a long-time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert. He says the N.C. law #HB2 to prevent men from being able to use women's restrooms and locker rooms is going 'backwards instead of forwards.' Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to respecting and honoring His commands. Back to common sense," Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
"Mr. Springsteen, a nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress," he added.
Springsteen said he canceled the show because he wanted to show support for the “fight against prejudice and bigotry.”
"It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards,” he said.
Springsteen isn’t the only entertainer to cancel a show over the issue of LGBT rights. In Mississippi, Bryan Adams has canceled his April 14 show in protest of the state’s “religious freedom” bill.
"I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation," he said on his Instagram page.
Under the state’s new law, residents will be able to sue if they believe their right to free exercise of religious beliefs has been impinged upon.
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Publication date: April 11, 2016
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.