Evangelist Franklin Graham on Wednesday blamed the Syrian refugee crisis on President Barack Obama's support for LGBT rights.

Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelist Association, made his comments during an appearance on Newsmax TV.

“Why do you think President Obama has taken so little interest in helping to protect Christians in the Middle East?” host J.D. Hayworth asked.

“Well, he's more interested in policies that are against Christians in this country and going around the world promoting same-sex marriage and the agenda of the gay and lesbian community,” Graham answered. “And I’m not here to bash the gays and lesbians and they certainly have rights, I understand all that, but this administration has been more focused on that agenda than anything else and as a result the Middle East is burning and you have more refugees moving today since World War II, and it could have been prevented.”

Graham, a vocal opponent of LGBT rights, went on to praise Pope Francis for meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who is fighting to prevent her county office from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Davis, Graham said, is a victim of discrimination for standing up for her view that “homosexuality is a sin against God.”