Evangelist Franklin Graham on June 16 denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling giving special protection from employment discrimination to people with deviant sexual tastes.
Graham wrote: “The Supreme Court does not override and will never overturn the Word of God. One day we will all have to stand before God, the Righteous Judge, whose decisions are not based on politics or the whims of culture. His laws are true and are the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse group aroused gay ire when it required workers to sign an anti-gay-marriage pledge at its COVID-19 tent hospital in Central Park, which provided aid to many New Yorkers.
Graham quoted Justice Samuel Alito’s statement that the ruling was a “brazen abuse of our authority” and denounced the Court for “making laws,” adding: “I believe this decision erodes religious freedoms across this country. People of sincere faith who stand on God’s Word as their foundation for life should never be forced by the government to compromise their religious beliefs. Christian organizations should never be forced to hire people who do not align with their biblical beliefs and should not be prevented from terminating a person whose lifestyle and beliefs undermine the ministry’s purpose and goals.”
Graham told the New York Times on Monday: “No question it is going to make it harder to defend our religious freedom, as far as an organization being able to hire people of like mind. I find this to be a very sad day. I don’t know how this is going to protect us.”