Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham is taking issue with openly gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s recent comments on his Christian faith.
At a CNN town hall Monday, Buttigieg noted his own religious views when asked about the prospect of uniting people of radically different views.
“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me the core of faith is regard for one another,” Buttigieg said. “And part of God’s love is experience, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.”
Buttigieg, who married Chasten Glezman last June, went on to add that “God does not have a political party.”
Graham took issue with Buttigieg’s remarks.
Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever. 1/3 https://t.co/QHDNY3pwzJ— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women. 2/3— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation. 3/3— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 24, 2019
Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, who was a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents, is a strong supporter of President Trump. He has justified his backing of the thrice-married Trump, who has bragged about assaulting women, by noting that the president “defends the faith.”
“Trump has admitted his faults and has apologized to his wife and his daughter for things he has done and said. And he has to stand before God for those things,” Graham said.
The evangelist finds himself out of step with a clear majority of Americans who say they are not bothered by the prospect of a presidential candidate who is gay or lesbian. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this month found that 68 percent of voters are comfortable with homosexual presidential candidates.
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