Magazine article Church & State

Franklin Graham Plans Full Court Press for Evangelical Political Push

Magazine article Church & State

Franklin Graham Plans Full Court Press for Evangelical Political Push

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A prominent far-right Christian evangelist is holding rallies in every state in an effort to reshape American politics.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham, is hosting the events as part of his "Decision America 2016" tour. The tour is sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), which Franklin Graham now runs.

In a recent interview with an online publication called FaithZette, which is run by far-right personality Laura Ingraham, Graham promoted his tour and said the United States is facing dire times.

"We're living in the most dangerous period of history in our nation," Graham opined. "It wasn't the Civil or Revolutionary Wars or World War I or II that were the most dangerous that time is now. We're fighting the war within, the moral war. If Christians don't stand up now we're going to lose--and we're going to lose big."

Graham went on to state that America is in terrible shape spiritually.

"If you put it in those terms, we have cancer--spiritual cancer," he said. "It's eating away at us, because of compromises that churches and Christians are living in their lives. We need to get back to serving God. We need to get back on our knees, confessing our sins and turning from our sins--otherwise, we're finished."

Seemingly for good measure, Graham also tossed in some homophobia.

"The gay and lesbian movement is basically a lie itself," Graham asserted. "Less than 2 percent of the American population is gay, but they have been able to convince the vast majority--largely because they've gotten into schools--that the behavior is okay. …

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