Billy Graham's Son CallsÂ Transgender PeopleÂ 'Predators And Sexually Perverted People,' Says LGBT People Don't Deserve Civil Rights
Franklin Graham has unleashed a vile and despicable attack on the LGBT community. While Rev. Billy GrahamÂ was a trusted religious advisor to presidents for decades and over his lifetimeÂ preached to 2.2 billion people, his less-successful son Franklin takes to his Facebook page to reach a few million.Â
The Grahams call Charlotte, North Carolina their home, and last year Franklin battled against a proposed non-discrimination ordinance, and won, in a 6-5 city council vote. He's now battling another proposed NDO in Charlotte, slated for a hearing this coming week. On Friday in a "WARNING"Â he condemned it by calling transgender people "predators and sexually perverted people" and said LGBT people don't deserve civil rights.
LGBT activists are trying to hook their caboose to the â€œfreedom trainâ€ & drag an immoral agenda into our communities https://t.co/QeMzUA4RFkâ€” Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) February 6, 2016
"LGBT activists are trying to hook their caboose to the 'freedom train' and drag their immoral agenda into our communities by claiming that this is a civil rights issue," the 63-year old Evangelical Christian activist wrote.Â "Civil rights issues are very real and importantâ€”but donâ€™t be fooled, this isnâ€™t one of them. I heard one African-American minister say recently that 'the freedom train doesnâ€™t stop at Sodom and Gomorrah.'"
Let that sit with you for a moment.Â
What Graham is saying is that LGBT people are intrinsically evil and sinful and don't deserve any civil rights whatsoever.
Noting that the defeated non-discrimination ordinance "has been brought back to life at the urging of Charlotteâ€™s new Mayor Jennifer Roberts," Graham calls it "a dangerous idea" because it "literally opens the doorsâ€”the bathroom doorsâ€”to predators and sexually perverted people."
And sounding like Mike Huckabee, who last year infamously said regarding schools that allow transgenderÂ students to use the facilitiesÂ they feel best reflect their gender identityÂ â€“ Huckabee said he would have said he felt like a girl so he could shower with themÂ â€“ Graham belittled trans people.
"Each section of the proposed ordinance has wording to include 'gender identity.' Gender identity is what an individual 'feels' their gender is regardless of the biological reality. So any man can say they feel like a woman that day and enter the womenâ€™s restroom at any public facility or the showers at public gyms by mandate of law. Thatâ€™s absurd!," he wrote.
In reality, laws like Charlotte's so-called â€œnon-discrimination ordinance" are used to discriminate against Christians. #DontDoItCharlotteâ€” Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) February 5, 2016
And of course, Graham announces, of course, that non-discrimination ordinances are "being used to discriminate against Christians."
That's of course his real concern. Protecting who he sees as the real victims. Christians.
"Just ask bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, florist Barronelle Stutzman, and others who were shut down or face fines for following their faith."
Neither the Kleins norÂ Stutzman were "shut down," and Stutzman could have settled her case for $1000 but chose to martyr herself.
"Where sexual orientation and gender identity laws such as this have passed in other places, florists, bakers, photographers, adoption agencies, and t-shirt printers have been punished by the government for not wanting to use their artistic talents to celebrate and participate in same-sex weddings, not wanting to promote the LGBT messaging in Gay Pride events, or for not wanting to place an adoptive child with two men."
Again, another false argument. Baking a wedding cake is not "celebrating and participating" in the wedding nor the marriage, just as printing a card is notÂ celebrating and participating in a birthday.
Graham then calls for Charlotte residents "by the tens of thousands" to "show up to stand against" the proposed ordinance next week.
Hopefully, Charlotte residents will show up by theÂ tens of thousands to denounce Graham's willfulÂ ignorance, bigotry, and hate, and support their neighbors, sons, daughters, friends, and co-workers who happen to be LGBT.
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