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Evangelical leader Franklin Graham fumes as Biden lifts embassy pride flag ban

"Pray for our nation and leaders"

2021-04-28

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Wiki

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham has slammed US President Joe Biden for lifting the ban on pride flags at US embassies.

The blanket reversal on the Donald Trump-era ban was authorised last week by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Responding to the news, Graham - President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) - told followers "only the US flag should be shown." 

"Only the US flag should be shown"

In a Facebook post, he said: "Just because something is 'authorized,' that doesn’t make it right!

"Why should a flag representing one group of people and a specific agenda be literally raised up above all others and allowed to fly at our embassies and consulates? The embassies represent the United States of America on foreign soil - only the U.S. flag should be flown. Not the gay pride flag, not the Christian flag, not any other flag.

"The previous administration had a one-flag rule that the Biden administration has rescinded. Our U.S. flag represents the sacrifice, the honor, the unity, the patriotism - and the blood - that made America great. Pray for our nation and our leaders."

Graham's post has been liked 281k times.

Last year, it was reported that the BGEA was suing a string of UK entertainment venues and city councils after they axed public appearances by Graham.

Graham - the son of the late Billy Graham, one of the most famous evangelical Christian figures of all time - has a history of making anti-LGBTQ comments. In 2016, he tweeted: "LGBT agenda wants to force everyone to accept & condone their lifestyle which God’s Word defines as sin."

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