Thursday night, I shared on social media how we were at a Decision America event in Hickory, NC. The event is part of a large group of events that Rev. Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has been holding over the past few years. I have more to say about the event so stay with me. The irony behind the date of the event truly stuck with me however.
What I am referring to, the event occurred on the night of the equality town hall that many politicians attended. The town hall was sickening. Sure, I did not watch the town hall. Yet, after I returned from such a great event with BGEA, I was immediately disgusted on Twitter.
The first post I read on Twitter was one from Elizabeth Warren. In the post, the mother of a 9 year old child stood up while the transgender child asked a question of Warren. The journalist that shared the video, shared this was the second 9 year old transgender child of the night.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 11, 2019
After I nearly vomited at this disgusting thought, I ran across this second video which brings me to what I want to discuss. Pete Buttigieg responded to a question regarding religious freedom and made the statement “the right to religious freedom ends when it is used to harm other people.” His reference to harming other people was to those who stand for their religious freedom and choose not to provide services for individuals who are LGBTQ. The video is here below.
"The right to religious freedom ends where religion is being used as an excuse to harm other people." Presidential candidate @PeteButtigieg on religion, discrimination, and equality. #EqualityTownHall https://t.co/Z2JmA1VOfr pic.twitter.com/DSjS2GVj2T
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2019
Buttigieg states that these types of actions cause God to be smaller and has impacts on faith. I find all kinds of issues with Buttigieg’s statements on many areas. First of all, as a business owner or individual, I have the right to decide who I will and will not serve. It is your choice if you decide to patron my business or not. This issue goes much further than that.
Which brings me to the Rev. Graham event. I had the opportunity to speak with Rev. Franklin Graham before the event, where he was quick to say that the problem with the LGBT issue is a moral one. Graham said that the issue with the homosexual lifestyle of Mayor Buttigieg and others is not that they are bad people, but that they simply are living in a lifestyle of sin.
Graham also commented on the immorality of homosexuality and promiscuity in this event calling out the sin that these acts are. Individuals that speak out on the issues of homosexuality are not attacking these people or causing harm. They are simply taking a stand for their religious beliefs. Yet, this seems to be the new normal in society.
We are an all accepting, lack of morals society. Graham, in his message, advocated for living a life of morality and against sins that cause issue in living this life. Rev Graham has often been accused of a message of hate by the main stream. Never once did his message come across as a message of hate or demeaning towards anyone. Graham was simply a man sharing a message of a loving God who will give forgiveness for sin if asked.
According to the BGEA, approximately 9200 people attended the event. There are two more stops on the tour, Charlotte, NC on 10/12 and Asheville, NC on 10/13. For more of our interview with Rev Franklin Graham, be sure to listen to our podcast that will release on 10/12.
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