Franklin Graham leads paranoid charge against US Equality Act

Franklin Graham leads paranoid charge against US Equality Act July 16, 2019
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IN a dire warning to readers of  the July/August issue of Decision – the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association magazine – evangelist Franklin Graham predicts a grim future for American Christians if an Equality Act, championed by the Democrats, should ever become a reality.

If that happens, he warned, Christian employers:

Would lose all protections to hire people who adhere to their biblical statements of faith. Christians will be persecuted for their sincerely held beliefs as never before. The clear teachings of the Bible on the sins of homosexuality and abortion will no doubt be considered ‘hate speech.’ It will be a nightmare from which this nation may never recover.

Reporting on Graham’s paranoid warning, LifeSiteNews points out that:

The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include ‘sex’, ‘sexual orientation’, and ‘gender identity’ among expressly recognized ‘non-discrimination’ categories in ‘public accommodations’ (the definition of which would be dramatically expanded); and force employers of 15 or more people to recognize their claimed ‘gender identity’, forbid them from ‘discriminating’ based on ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity’, and mandate transgender ‘access’ to sex-specific facilities.

All of this, said Graham, means that Equality Act would have “catastrophic consequences” for both religious freedom and women’s rights if it became law.

In May, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to pass the bill, which Graham warns could become law depending on the outcome of next year’s elections.

If the Senate majority changes or if enough Republican senators change their position, it would be up to the President to veto the bill. And if that office were to change hands in 2020, I have little doubt this would become the law of the land.

LSN‘s Calvin Freiburger wrote:

Conservatives have long warned that the legislation’s true purpose is not to protect homosexual or gender-confused Americans from tangible harm, but to force other Americans such as photographers, florists, and bakers to participate in same-sex ‘weddings’; to force employers and businesses to accommodate cross-dressing, same-sex cohabitation, and sex-change treatments regardless of their own values or policies; and to force women and girls to sleep, shower, and use the bathroom alongside gender-confused males.

In May, five chairmen of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) declared:

Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.

The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ’gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools. It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father. The bill would even act as an abortion mandate.

The Daily Caller reported last month that every 2020 Democrat presidential candidate averaging above 1% in the polls has endorsed the Equality Act, including former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren.

But hey, at least one reader of the LSN report is looking forward to the Equality Act. Athanasius866 commented:

The persecutors of Christians? Bring ’em on! The Church Father Tertullian wrote that ‘the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.’ And, indeed, where Christians have been persecuted the Church, paradoxically, has grown mightily. In fact, the most vigorous, fastest-growing, and liveliest churches in the world can be found in the most unlikely places – Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, China, certain Muslim countries where Christians are actively persecuted, and in other places. But we all know how it turns out. In the end, Evil is utterly destroyed. God triumphs decisively over Satan, his demonic kingdom is destroyed, and the Kingdom of God and of His Christ comes, and He shall reign for ever and ever and unto the ages of ages.

But another, Greg Jordan, said:

Franklin Graham is a hypocrite. When Romney was running he removed Mormonism as a cult from the BGEA website just to help Romney out. He will do anything to advance himself. He is nothing like his father.

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  • Michael Neville

    How many times do we get fundamentalist Christians crying “the sky is falling” whenever their bigotry is threatened. The only thing Graham, Freiburger and the bishops neglected to do was to mention FEMA camps.

  • johnsoncatman

    All of this, said Graham, means that Equality Act would have “catastrophic consequences” for both religious freedom and women’s rights if it became law.

    Like Graham is concerned about women’s rights.

  • Drat

    I’m kinda surprised Graham hasn’t claimed that there’s a plot to turn everyone Muslim and/or Jewish via DNA manipulation.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d077602152c594f5ef9c41d0657d7a19cc4246a6886ebd5006038a38e45f27d.jpg

  • johnsoncatman

    but to force other Americans such as photographers, florists, and bakers to participate in same-sex ‘weddings’

    Baking a wedding cake or making a wedding dress is not “participating” in the wedding. It is providing a service to the public. Unless the service somehow means the baker must be at the wedding to cut and serve the cake, or the seamstress to carry the trails of the gown. A dishonest argument.

  • French Pandora

    Our right to serve our masters. /s

  • Drat

    It’s hilarious when they extend the argument to claim that a worker having to serve a gay couple is tantamount to forcing the worker to “participate in what the couple does in the bedroom”. If they followed that logic, then that shoots down serving heterosexual couples too, as that would be bisexual.

  • Matt G

    Funny thing is, the only time the sky DOES fall is when they are in charge. Ignoring climate change, supporting dictators, imprisoning children….

  • Pauli Staalesen d.y.

    It’s funny how, for those used to privilege, equality feels like oppression. Thinking that providing your services, or the goods you sell, to someone you think are sinning, would somehow implicate you before God, is paranoia of the highest order

  • nmgirl

    Sorry, I don’t need a misogynistic asshole to defend my rights. Thank you, an American woman.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    So the religion will perish if not given the legal right to discriminate against Irish immigrants, Italian immigrants, German immigrants, Asian immigrants, Black people, Latin/hispanic people, refugees LGBTQ people. Got it.

  • hermes brookover

    it must be horrendous to be a christian in america today, the bitter persecution, the vilest of hatreds spewed without regard for their feelings. Wait, my wife just said that they are the ones doing that stuff to everybody else. sorry to waste your time, carry on.

  • johnsoncatman

    Greg Jordan regarding Franklin Graham:

    He is nothing like his father.

    Billy Graham was a bigot. He just wasn’t as open and confrontational about it as Franklin is.

  • Barry Duke

    I’d be very surprised if Franklin doesn’t follow the https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/my-father-billy-graham-avoided-scandal-being-transparent-never-alone-ncna870246: “My father would not ride in an automobile with a woman other than my mother, and he wouldn’t sit alone and have a meal with another woman. My father kept to that principle not just to protect himself, but also to protect my mother and, more importantly, to protect the name of Almighty God. There were a lot of opportunities he could have had to be with a woman, and he just did not allow that to take place because he lived up to this principle. He knew that, if he made a mistake — if he failed — then it wasn’t just Billy Graham who would be hurt, but it would hurt the name of the lord, Jesus Christ.”

    Also see: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-billy-graham-rule-sexist-20190716-story.html

  • Barry Duke

    Franklin’s new-found concern for women is laughable, especially, like his father, he lives in terror of them. “My father would not ride in an automobile with a woman other than my mother, and he wouldn’t sit alone and have a meal with another woman. My father kept to that principle not just to protect himself, but also to protect my mother and, more importantly, to protect the name of Almighty God. There were a lot of opportunities he could have had to be with a woman, and he just did not allow that to take place because he lived up to this principle. He knew that, if he made a mistake — if he failed — then it wasn’t just Billy Graham who would be hurt, but it would hurt the name of the lord, Jesus Christ.” (https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/my-father-billy-graham-avoided-scandal-being-transparent-never-alone-ncna870246)

    See also: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-billy-graham-rule-sexist-20190716-story.html

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    A scenario:
    A heterosexual, very religious, couple decide to get married. They approach a baker for their wedding cake and jointly they design the cake. Having decided on the number, size and shape of the tiers they get on to the finer points: icing (frosting) colour, piping details, ornaments etc. They ask for traditional effigies of bride and groom on top and, in front of them, they ask for “United by God” in icing. The baker agrees to everything except the last item and says “I’m not prepared to have my work promote religion as I’m an atheist”.
    How many of those, who were so vocal, over the Christian baker would be so loud in their support of the above, albeit fictitious, person? I think a deafening silence would be the answer.

  • al kimeea

    cries of persecution more likely

  • valleycat1

    Also odd that when white Christians complain endlessly about the current laws of the land and pending legislation, they are not told to go back to their ancestors’ home countries if they don’t like it here.

  • Mike Panic

    They would scream bloody murder against the baker. Hypocritical asinine
    xtians want to disriminate against others while nobody is allowed
    discriminate against them. Total posterior vents.

  • Mike Panic

    ALL dictatorships need hate to survive. Kristerism is no different than any other dictatorship

  • Mike Panic

    WHY does an almighty god require the protection of mere humans? Sort of ruins the whole omnipotence thing.

  • Mike Panic

    Many (most?) are convinced that god punishes them for the sins of others. Then they claim god is a “just” god. Hypocrisy is a foundation of xtianity.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    On the contrary. The monotheistic god is the most vicious, brutal, insecure, pretty dictator the world has ever known. He can drown entire planets of people, because they “disobeyed”. He can demand your unwavering loyalty and obedience because he is All That with coleslaw and a biscuit. And you’ll enthusiastically agree, or else…

  • Mike Panic

    Now I KNOW why I am an atheist. I never cared for coleslaw.

  • Pauli Staalesen d.y.

    What you are saying is often the case. (Of course, what Christianity “is”…. sigh). But I hope that for some Christians could the argument that “sin” is not contagious when you do something kind to a “sinner perhaps work since the New Testament is chok full of stories like that. Like: when a soldier takes your coat, give him your shirt also, Jesus said…., but wouldn’t you then “condone his sin”, the modern Christian asks? Well, Jesus clearly disagrees so…..

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Well, in that case:
    Each personal relationship with god entitles you to the sides of your choice, so you could substitute baked beans, mashed potatoes, greens, or corn on the cob. It’s your own personal paradise menu.
    And it’s the “good god” coleslaw BTW.

  • John Hinkle

    You could’ve substituted another biscuit for the coleslaw!

  • Mike Panic

    I loved the heels of loaves of French Bread. Dipped in clarified butter, thy were great! Way better than those holy crackers the priests pushed. LOL