Evangelist Franklin Graham says an America run by a President Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress would result in Christian businesses and nonprofits being attacked for their beliefs and potentially shut down.
Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, made the comments Saturday on Newsmax TV’s America Right Now, saying a Biden victory this week coupled with a Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate would have dire consequences for Christians.
“I am afraid there will be an attack against Christian businesses like we saw during the Obama administration. Florists who refuse to do flowers for a gay wedding, they will be put out of business. Someone who didn’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding, put out of business. I think they’ll see these kinds of attacks by the Left against Christian businesses and Christian organizations,” Graham said. … “I think they want to try to come after churches and tax churches and tax tax-exempt organizations that are doing humanitarian work, social work throughout the country.
“Some of the best work in the country are the nonprofits that are working in the inner cities and throughout the country, trying to help relieve some of the problems that we have in society, and they’ll want to try to tax them and close them down.”
The Biden campaign website says the Trump administration “has deliberately and systematically attempted to gut protections for the LGBTQ+ community by carving out broad religious exemptions to existing nondiscrimination laws and policies across federal agencies.”
One day in 2015, Donald Trump beckoned Michael Cohen, his longtime confidant and personal attorney, into his office. Trump was brandishing a printout of an article about an Atlanta-based megachurch pastor trying to raise $60 million from his flock to buy a private jet. Trump knew the preacher personally—Creflo Dollar had been among a group of evangelical figures who visited him in 2011 while he was first exploring a presidential bid. During the meeting, Trump had reverently bowed his head in prayer while the pastors laid hands on him. Now he was gleefully reciting the impious details of Dollar’s quest for a Gulfstream G650.
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White evangelicals form a formidable voting bloc in the US, with a 2019 Pew Research report estimating they make up 16 per cent of the nation’s adult population.
Traditionally, evangelical was a religious descriptor for Protestant, born-again Christians. Now, evangelicals — specifically white evangelicals — are strongly aligned with conservative politics and have become a reliably pro-Republican voting bloc.
They even have their own exit poll category, and in 2016 more than 80 per cent of white evangelicals who voted cast their ballot for Mr Trump.
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Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden has the backing of other religious voting groups, including 90 per cent of black evangelical voters and a majority of Jewish and Hispanic Catholic voters.
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At the end of 2019, the outgoing editor-in-chief of a popular evangelical magazine published an editorial on why Mr Trump should be removed from office.
It raised the ire of the President, who tweeted: “A far left magazine … would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President.”