Over 17k have signed a petition calling for Christian leader Franklin Graham to be fired for supporting President Trump.
The petition reads:
Franklin Graham is still doing everything he can to support Trump’s deadly presidency, recently tweeting, “When he says this election was rigged or stolen, I tend to believe him.”
Even Trump’s incitement of insurrection has not shaken Graham’s idolatry. On January 14, Graham literally compared Trump to Jesus, accusing Republicans who voted for impeachment of accepting “thirty pieces of silver” to betray him.
As for the violence that left five dead, the court evangelical simply shrugged it off: “We knew he had flaws when he ran for office in 2016.” There is absolutely nothing Christian about that.
With blasphemous preachers like Graham blessing Trump’s Big Lie and pretending “antifa” was behind the attack, it’s no wonder the failed coup featured crosses and “Jesus saves” banners and flags. Graham and the religious right must be held accountable for their deadly dishonesty.
Graham gets away with his hatred and conspiracy-theories by hiding behind the humanitarian work of Samaritan’s Purse and his late father’s name. It’s time for Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) to realize that by propping up Franklin’s unchristian extremism, they are abandoning their Gospel missions, undermining democracy, and helping incite white-nationalist sedition.
In a statement, Paul Saber, who serves on the board of the organizations that the petition hopes to have Graham fired from issued a statement in support of the Christian leader.
“The Boards of Directors for Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association have expressed that they fully support Franklin Graham and are more than satisfied with the job he has done and is doing in leading these ministries,” Saber said. “Franklin Graham was not in Washington, D.C., and he did not encourage people to go to the Capitol on January 6.”