Franklin Graham Calls on Christians to Boycott Gay-Friendly Companies, Pulls BGEA Bank Accounts from Wells Fargo

Franklin Graham, shown here in a 2014 photo (Todd Sumlin)
Franklin Graham, shown here in a 2014 photo (Todd Sumlin)

Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to boycott gay-friendly corporations. And he says he’s doing his part by moving all the bank accounts for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association out of Wells Fargo because of its ad featuring a lesbian couple.

“This is one way we as Christians can speak out – we have the power of choice,” Graham, who heads the Charlotte-based BGEA, wrote on Facebook over the weekend. “Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention.”

As of Monday morning, more than 92,000 people had approved of Graham’s message by clicking “Like.” More than 41,000 people had shared his message with their Facebook friends.

But Graham’s call to “fight the moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business” also brought negative reactions on Facebook.

“In my opinion, moral decay is using the pulpit to spread bigotry and hate,” wrote one Facebook commenter, who then alluded to Jesus’s teachings in the New Testament. “Perhaps you should take some time and chip away at that block of wood sticking out of your own eye.”

Reached Monday morning, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo said that the bank values the diversity of its customers and employees and has proudly supported the LGBT community for a long time.

“At Wells Fargo, serving every customer is core to our vision and values,” said Christina Kolbjornsen. “Diversity and inclusion are foundational to who we are as a company. Our advertising content reflects our company’s values and represents the diversity of the communities we serve.”

Graham objected to a Wells Fargo TV and online ad that features a lesbian couple learning sign language for their adopted daughter. “Hello beautiful,” the couple in the ad tell the little girl in sign language, “We’re going to be your new mommies.”

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SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer
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