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/QeMzUA4RFk
â€” 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. #DontDoItCharlotte
â€” 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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Madison Cawthorn Retains High-Powered GOP Attorney for Case Seeking to Disqualify Him as an Insurrectionist
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing several six challengers to his seat in the House of Representatives this year. Two Democrats will face off, with one becoming their party’s nominee. Four Republicans are primarying the far-right freshman lawmaker, one of those five will go on to face the Democratic challenger.
But Congressman Cawthorn is facing an even great challenge, and he’s taking it seriously.
A group of attorneys is looking at both the 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and North Carolina law, in an attempt to have him declared an insurrectionist and therefore unfit to serve.
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,” the 14th Amendment reads, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The New York Times Tuesday night reports “Mr. Cawthorn, 26, who is in his first term in Congress, has denounced the case as an egregious misreading of the 14th Amendment, but he has retained James Bopp Jr., one of the most prominent conservative campaign lawyers in the country, as counsel.”
Bopp, known as being one of the attorneys who won the democracy-damning Citizens United case at the Supreme Court, flooding American politics with millions (billions?) in dark money. He’s also been a vice-chair of the RNC, and is recognized as a top conservative lawyer.
The Times adds that “North Carolina’s election statute offers challengers a remarkably low bar to question a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office. Once someone establishes a ‘reasonable suspicion or belief’ that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the officeseeker to prove otherwise.”
Other Republicans are likely worried, which should have some wondering who’s footing the bill for Bopp.
“If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an ‘insurrectionist,’ that could have broader ramifications. Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear.”
Read the entire Times report here.
Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’
Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”
Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”
“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”
Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”
This will kill kids, @RonDeSantisFL. You are purposefully making your state a harder place for LGBTQ kids to survive in. In a national survey (@TrevorProject), 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year. Now they can’t talk to their teachers? https://t.co/VtfFLPlsn3
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) January 20, 2022
The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”
JUST NOW: “”What kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet and saying we can’t talk about you? … [Kids] take that trauma to heart.”@Chasten on what is being called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in FL.pic.twitter.com/M1Qiz9Zt9f
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) January 25, 2022
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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.
At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”
“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.
“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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