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Over 20,000 Christians Sign Petition Against Pro-Trump Evangelist’s Border Tour

A petition with over 20,000 signatures has emerged, urging Christians to boycott the upcoming “God Loves You Frontera Tour” led by pro-Trump evangelist Franklin Graham, scheduled to commence next month.

Faithful America’s Initiative

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Faithful America, an organization of Christians advocating for social justice while opposing “Christian nationalism,” initiated the petition last November.

Boycotting Graham’s Tour

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The petition calls for a boycott of Graham’s tour, which is set to start on February 24, covering multiple cities along the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas, to Chula Vista, California.

Objective of the Petition

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Faithful America is urging venues hosting the tour to “stand up to Graham’s anti-LGBTQ hate and political violence.”

The organization aims to demonstrate that Graham’s right-wing ideology does not represent the entirety of Christianity.

The petition has already garnered 20,000+ signatures and aims to reach 25,000 signatures.

Critique of Graham’s Message

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The petition argues that despite the tour’s ostensibly positive name, Graham promotes a divisive message characterized by anti-democracy, anti-LGBTQ stances, partisan bigotry, and harm.

Graham’s Rebuttal

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In response to the petition, Franklin Graham stated to a reputable news, expressing disappointment in the opposition to his upcoming visit and the accusation of being hateful.

Sharing The Bible’s Message

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He clarified that his intention is not to speak against anyone but to share a message of hope from the Bible, emphasizing God’s love for all people.

Invitation to the LGBTQ+ Community

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Graham extended an invitation to everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community, to attend and experience firsthand the message of God’s love during his tour.

Hypocrisy Allegations

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As per reputable news, Karli Wallace Thompson, the digital campaigner for Faithful America, criticized the tour as rooted in hypocrisy.

She accused Graham of spreading a divisive, partisan, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, conspiracy-laden, MAGA Christian-nationalist message that contradicts the inclusive teachings of Jesus Christ.

Concerns About Division and Violence

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Thompson wrote, “Because of his track record, the 20,000-plus Christians who signed our petition are deeply concerned that Graham’s border tour will stoke hatred and division at a time when tensions are already high.

Venues must recognize the potential for Graham’s presence to spread division and even potentially incite political violence among MAGA supporters.

Graham’s Support for Trump

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Franklin Graham has been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, who enjoyed significant backing from evangelical Christians, a pivotal part of the Republican Party’s base.

Post-Election Support

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After Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election, Graham praised him on social media, highlighting his actions in defence of religious liberties, opposition to abortion, and nomination of conservative judges to the Supreme Court and federal courts.

Graham’s Views on LGBTQ+ Community

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The petition highlighted Graham’s past remarks against the LGBTQ+ community, including a Facebook post in which he allegedly described them as “evil and rebellious.”

Graham’s Praise of Putin

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Additionally, Graham praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his stance on LGBTQ+ matters, even as Putin implemented stringent anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Russia.

Increased Migrant Arrivals

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Graham’s tour coincides with a surge in migrant arrivals in border cities in recent months.

In the 2023 fiscal year, there were over 2.4 million encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border, up from approximately 1.7 million in 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

Strain on Communities

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Local leaders have expressed concerns about the strain on resources and shelter as they accommodate new asylum seekers.

Graham’s Mission

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In a press release promoting the tour, Graham said he travelled to the border to deliver a message of hope.

Graham’s Statement

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“Everyone along the border is overwhelmed—the churches, the law enforcement agencies, the residents, those there trying to help, as well as the people coming into our country.

There are a lot of hungry hearts and hurting people, so I’m coming to the border to tell everyone about God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and how He can make a difference in our lives if we put our faith and our trust in Him,” he said.

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