Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham speaks during a Christian missionary event at Quan Ngua Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam, Dec. 9, 2017.
On Thursday (25), the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act by a vote of 224-206, sparking heated debate on a bill that would explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity in its protections, while also extending protections to employment, housing, loan applications, Education, public accommodations and many other areas.
Prominent American evangelical pastor Franklin Graham has lashed out at the so-called Equality Act, insisting it is a “smokescreen to force Americans to accept the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) agenda” of the gay community.
The Rev. Graham tweeted that the Equality Act has nothing to do with equality, but would instead create a lot of inequality for people of faith, and that it would punish individuals and organizations that disagree based on their moral convictions.
Graham followed up with a longer Facebook post listing some of the serious problems.
If passed into law, the Equality Act could prohibit all Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Islamic and other religious organizations and churches from employing only those who share their beliefs.
The Equality Act would also destroy women’s sports in America by allowing biological males who choose to be identified as female to compete with all women of their age for titles, scholarships, and accolades.
The Equality Act would erase women’s privacy, including in locker rooms, fitting rooms, homeless shelters, restrooms and other places.
Graham said the bill’s fundamental fault is that it rejects biological differences between men and women in the name of gender ideology. He wrote, “God made us male and female, and that’s that. Humans have been around for about 6,000 years, and it’s only in the last few years that people have come up with these additional designations of gender identity.”
Graham concluded by warning that the bill was “very dangerous” and encouraged his 9.6 million followers to write to their representatives in Congress and other political figures to let their voices be heard.
Graham wrote: “Ask your senators to vote no on the Equality Act and pray that God will move the hearts of these legislators and open their eyes to the dangers before them.”
The House passed the Equality Act in the last Congress with the support of all Democrats and eight Republicans, but Trump opposed the bill, so the Senate did not vote on it.
Biden made it clear before last year’s election that he supported the Equality Act and said it would be one of his top priorities. To pass the bill in the Senate, it would take at least 60 votes to make it happen.