After Floridians revolt, Disney’s tax status canceled

The Reverend Franklin Graham on Saturday blasted Disney, saying Floridians pushed back against the company’s leftist agenda by revoking its special tax status.

“LGBTQ activists use corporations to force their agenda on the public, and corporations may want to review what they allow. Disney has gone too far,” Graham wrote in a social media post.

“The people of Florida have rioted, and it’s going to cost Disney dearly. Disney had special tax status in the state from which they benefited immensely, but because they spoke out against parents in Florida, the governor and lawmakers revoked that status,” he added:

LGBTQ activists use corporations to force their agenda on the public, and corporations may want to take another look…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Saturday, April 23, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) recently signed into law legislation to dissolve Disney’s special tax and governmental jurisdiction in the state.

As Breitbart News reported on Friday:

The move by Republican lawmakers to dismantle the corporate exclusion comes after Disney CEO Bob Chapek pledged to oppose the state’s Parental Rights in Education Act, and the brand beleaguered entertainment industry openly pushes LGBTQIA+ content towards young audiences.

Legislation DeSantis signed will eliminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which has existed for 55 years as a vehicle for Disney to govern itself within the state. Florida established the Disney Special Tax District in 1967 after Walt Disney petitioned the Florida Legislature for greater control over the development of Walt Disney World.

During a recent interview on Fox News Channel Tucker Carlson tonightDeSantis spoke about the decision to eliminate Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

“Because I think the left has come to this, all they want is to see power exercised before their left-wing agenda,” he said, adding that she was previously hostile to business .

“Now they realized they could try to outsource their leftism to some of these big companies,” he commented.

Disney employee Nicholas Maldonado holds a sign during a protest outside Walt Disney World on March 22, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Graham described what happened at Disney as a “moral failure” and thanked God DeSantis took a stand.

After Floridians revolt, Disney's tax status canceled

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; inset: Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company (Joe Raedle; Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“We need more leaders like him. God bless him and the Florida Legislature,” he wrote, also telling his followers that he was in Orlando with Samaritan’s Purse’s “Operation Heal Our Patriots.”

“I can tell you there’s a ton of fun things for families to do here other than supporting Disney,” Graham concluded.


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