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Billy Graham’s Church Calls For Christians To Boycott Wells Fargo Bank Over Same-Sex Adoption Ad

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A same-sex couple learning sign language so they can adopt a young deaf girl is just too much for Franklin Graham to bear.

A charming and heart-warming new ad for Wells Fargo bank shows two women trying hard to learn sign language. At first it’s unclear who they are or what their motivation is, but quickly it’s revealed they are a couple and they are adopting a young girl who is deaf. The ad focuses on the importance of family and financial planning.

“Everyone works hard for a reason. Working together, we can help you prepare financially for when two becomes three,” the Wells Fargo voiceover says.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxDsx8HfXEk

A loving couple learning how to communicate with a young deaf child they are adopting is the very essence of “the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats,” says Franklin Graham in a Facebook post on Friday.

“Every day it is something else!,” laments Graham, the son of the iconic 96-year old Southern Baptist Christian evangelical Billy Graham.

LOOK: Franklin Graham: ‘Are Christians The Only People Who Cannot Identify Themselves Publicly?’

Billy Graham was a trusted advisor to Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, and Nixon. He reportedly reached 2.2 billion people during his lifetime of preaching the gospel, traveling the world and speaking at packed stadiums during the Billy Graham Crusades.

His son, Franklin, took a different path. He preaches hate via Facebook and rare stints on conservative radio and TV shows.

And now, Franklin Graham wants Christians to stop doing business with Wells Fargo bank, and also the famous Tiffany & Co. jewelers, because they “started advertising wedding rings for gay couples.”

And he’s setting the example.

“At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank,” Graham writes on Facebook. “And guess what—we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice. Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.”

Over 40,000 already have shared his post, ad over 90,000 have “liked” it.

Good luck finding a solid nationwide bank or credit card company that doesn’t support LGBT equality. HRC gave these a 100 percent as LGBT equality employers:

American Express Co. | New York, NY
Ameriprise Financial Inc. | Minneapolis, MN
Bank of America Corp. | Charlotte, NC
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. | New York, NY
Barclays | New York, NY
BlackRock | New York, NY
BMO Bankcorp Inc. | Chicago, IL
BNP Paribas | New York, NY
Capital Markets Company NV | New York, NY
Capital One Financial Corp. | McLean, VA
Charles Schwab Corp. | San Francisco, CA
Citigroup Inc. | New York, NY
Comerica Inc. | Dallas, TX
Credit Suisse USA Inc. | New York, NY
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. | New York, NY
Deutsche Bank | New York, NY
Discover Financial Services. | Riverwoods, IL
Eastern Bank Corp. | Boston, MA
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) | McLean, VA
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) | Washington, DC
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston | Boston, MA
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond | Richmond, VA
First Data Corp. | Atlanta, GA
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. | New York, NY
HSBC USA | New York, NY
Huntington Bancshares Inc. | Columbus, OH
JPMorgan Chase & Co. | New York, NY
KeyCorp | Cleveland, OH
MasterCard Inc. | Purchase, NY
Moody’s Corp. | New York, NY
Morgan Stanley | New York, NY
Northern Trust Corp. | Chicago, IL
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. | Pittsburgh, PA
Prudential Financial Inc. | Newark, NJ
RBC Capital Markets LLC | New York, NY
RBC Wealth Management | Minneapolis, MN
Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. | Milwaukee, WI
State Street Corp. | Boston, MA
SunTrust Banks Inc. | Atlanta, GA
T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. | Baltimore, MD
TD Bank, N.A. | Wilmington, DE
TIAA-CREF | New York, NY
Toyota Financial Services | Torrance, CA
U.S. Bancorp | Minneapolis, MN
UBS AG | New York, NY
Union Bank | San Francisco, CA
Visa | San Francisco, CA
Wells Fargo & Co. | San Francisco, CA

But if they want to stay true to their word, Franklin Graham’s supporters will first have to stop communicating via Facebook, which strongly supports the LGBT community. And they’ll have to stop communicating via their Apple computers and iPhones, and their Microsoft operating system computers too. Oh, and no more Google Chromebooks or Android phones. Twitter, too, is out, since they are LGBT supportive.

Christians following Billy Graham’s call to “stop doing business with those who promote sin” will have to avoid booking travel via Orbitz or Expedia, and can’t buy clothing from the GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Kenneth Cole, or American Apparel. 

No more Absolut vodka martinis, or Bud beer brands.

Martha Stewart products are out too. 

Good luck buying a car from a company that doesn’t support LGBT equality. Here’s a list of companies that do:

Acura
Aston Martin
Audi
Bentley
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Dodge
Fiat
Ford
GMC
Honda
Infiniti
Jaguar
Jeep
Land Rover
Lexus
Lincoln
Mazda
Mercedes-Benz
MINI
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Porsche
Ram
Rolls-Royce
Scion
smart
SRT
Subaru
Toyota
Volkswagen
Volvo

Oh, and Christians who don’t believe in equality will also need to avoid doing business with the 379 companies who signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

Among them are Aetna, Alcoa, Amazon.com, American Airlines, American Express, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Barclays, BlackRock, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Chubb, Cigna, Cisco, Citigroup, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra, Corning, Credit Suisse Securities, CVS Health, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Bank, Dow Chemical, EBay, Facebook, General Electric, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hartford Financial Services, Hilton, HSBC, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Kimberly-Clark, KPMG, Levi Strauss, Marriott, Marsh & McLennan, Massachusetts Mutual, McKinsey, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Mutual, the New England Patriots, New York Life, Nike, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot, Oracle, Orbitz, Pandora, PepsiCo, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Prudential, Qualcomm, RBC Capital Markets, the San Francisco Giants, Staples, Symantec, the Tampa Bay Rays, Target, TD Bank, Twitter, UBS, United Airlines, Verizon, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo, and Zynga. 

And Franklin Graham’s supporters will have to avoid the 366 companies on HRC’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index, all of whom received a 100 percent.

Or, they could all just get on with their lives and accept the fact that two women who love each other adopting a little girl is not a threat to them, or to anyone else – except Franklin Graham, who has built his career on hate.

 

Related:

Billy Graham’s Son Blames Obama For The Coming ‘Storm’ Of Christian Persecution (Video)

Franklin Graham Cries, ‘Christians Being Attacked’ After Saying Gays ‘Recruit’ Kids For Sex

Watch: Evangelicals Franklin Graham And Ralph Reed Bash Gays For Easter (Video)

 

Image: Screenshot via Wells Fargo/YouTube
Hat tip: Religion News Service

 

 

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George Conway Exposes Three Games Trump’s Lawyers Are Playing With FBI Affidavit

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Attorney George Conway revealed the games Donald Trump’s lawyers are playing after the FBI search of Mar-A-Lago.

Multiple media outlets have asked a judge to unseal the affidavit that justified the search, and Trump and his lawyers have publicly called for that evidence to be revealed — but Conway told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that it’s telling that they haven’t joined the request in court.

“Chances are good that while they would like to know the names of now two, possibly two people inside calling, you know — the call coming from inside the house,” said host Joe Scarborough. “Maybe there are two people now inside of Mar-A-Lago or inside of Trumpworld informing on him.”

“Donald Trump will do what Rudy does outside of courthouses and howl and make a scene,” Scarborough added. “But go inside the courtroom and stay silent. What Republicans in Washington, D.C. know, and I had friends tell me a couple days ago, it’s one of the reasons this IRS conspiracy theory started, is when they figured out how bad this is going to be for Trump. They’re trying to change the subject.”

READ MORE: Former Trump official warns GOP can’t win if it’s the party of ‘indictments, subpoenas and investigations’

Conway said Trump’s attorneys were essentially juggling three balls in the air.

“They’re trying to have it three ways,” he said. “They’re being mendaciously three-faced about it. First of all, they themselves would like to see the affidavit because, you know, Tony Soprano wants to know who is the rat. They want to see who is finking on them. That’s one. Two is, they don’t want us to see the affidavit because it’s bad. It’s a long affidavit, and it is going to have a lot of information about a lot of people saying a lot of bad things about the bad things that the president, the former president of the United States, did and how he squirrelled away these documents and refused to give them back when he was repeatedly told he had to give them back and was subpoenaed to return them. Then, third, they want an issue, a B.S. issue, so they can send out the fundraising grift emails to raise money by saying, ‘Oh, they’re hiding the affidavit from us.'”

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Florida Christian School Warns Parents All LGBTQ Students ‘Will Be Asked to Leave Immediately’

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Citing the Book of Leviticus a Florida K-12 private Christian school is telling parents any student found to be LGBTQ will be asked to leave “immediately.”

NBC News reports it “obtained an email from the Grace Christian School in Valrico, about 20 miles east of Tampa, sent before the beginning of the school year by Administrator Barry McKeen.”

The school’s email lumps being LGBTQ, or engaging in acts including “bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography” as “lifestyles.”

“We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the church (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:2-7),” the email reads. “Students who are found participating in these lifestyles will be asked to leave the school immediately,”

READ MORE: Authoritarian Orban at CPAC Texas Delivers Anti-LGBTQ Attack on Marriage to Standing Ovation: ‘Leave Our Kids Alone’

NBC News says the “June 6 correspondence to parents cited scripture and said that students will be referred to by the ‘gender on their birth certificates’ during the school year beginning this month. While the email refers to ‘biological gender,’ the National Institute of Health defines ‘gender’ as a social construct, as opposed to ‘sex,’ which is the biological difference between females and males.”

On its website Grace Christian says annual fees are up to $6595, plus items including books and other fees.

“It is our desire to provide the best Christian education and training for ALL children, for God is not a respecter of persons,” Grace Christian says. It calls “humanism, materialism, secularism, and New Age” philosophies “godless.”

The school’s website also says, “Students are only admitted when the administration believes that the parents and their church are in full support of the purposes and policies of the School. Expressions of dissention or lack of support for the School’s mission, policies, or leadership are grounds for dismissal of any students of a family in which such action occurs.”

“ALL STUDENTS are expected to abide by rules set forth by the administration. Attendance at Grace Christian School is considered a privilege and not a right. Students forfeit this privilege if they do not conform to the standards and ideals set forth by the administration. The school may insist on the withdrawal of any student that, in the opinion of the administration, does not conform to the spirit of the ministry.”

 

 

 

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Watch: McConnell Blasts GOP ‘Candidate Quality’ as He Admits Democrats Likely to Keep Senate

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a surprising admission Thursday: the GOP’s candidates running for Senate may not be good enough for Republicans to take control of the chamber he once led as Majority Leader.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” McConnell responded when asked at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon about his projections for the upcoming November elections, as NBC News reported.

“Senate races are just different,” he explained. “Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”

READ MORE: Watch: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Likens Mitch McConnell to Segregationists Like Strom Thurmond by Using His Own Words

“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” McConnell added, wrongly.

The country is not 50-50.

According to a Gallup poll conducted over a three week period in July, 28% of Americans identify as Republican, 29% as Democratic, and 41% as independent.

Thanks in large part to Donald Trump, “candidate quality” is definitely a challenge for the GOP.

There are 35 Senate seats up for (re)election in November, 14 are held by Democrats and 21 by Republicans. Possibly sensing the headwinds five GOP Senators and just one Democratic Senator are not running for reelection and are retiring.

Among the Republican candidates running, several likely will held Democrats keep control of the chamber, including Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania) and Herschel Walker (Georgia).

The GOP pulling cash out of races it may think its candidates cannot win.

“As midterm election campaigns heat up in the Senate’s top battlegrounds, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is canceling millions of dollars of ad spending, sending GOP campaigns and operatives into a panic and upending the committee’s initial spending plan,” Politico on Monday reported.

Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight currently shows Democrats have a 64 in 100 chance of retaining the Senate, a number that’s been growing: On July 22 it was 50-50.

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