Franklin Graham made headlines for insisting that volunteers at his “makeshift” hospital oppose same-sex marriage.
Now, he’s back in the news, claiming that doing so doesn’t make him homophobic.
Read on for the full story and judge for yourself if his actions scream “homophobia” or not.
After Asking Volunteers To Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Franklin Graham Insists He Is Not Homophobic.
After asking the volunteers of a New York hospital to oppose same-sex marriage, Franklin Graham, the leader of Samaritan’s Purse group, claims he is not, in fact, homophobic.
Graham, known for his anti-LBGT movement, tried to convince his people to follow a Statement of Faith.
The Statement specifically defines marriage as “the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.”
According to a Fox News appearance, all he wants it for the people to “know the truth” or at least, his version of it.
I’m not homophobic and I’m certainly not going around bashing people because they may be homosexual. I believe that God loves all of us, he created us all but we also are sinners and our sins separated from God and I want people to know how they can have a relationship with God and that’s their faith in his son.
He then said that God loves all people, and that all sins will be forgiven, including his own.
I don’t bash them. I want them to know the truth. That God does love them. And he died for their sins and they would refund and put their faith and trust in him, God would forgive their sins like you forgive me. I’m a sinner too, I’m different than anybody else. I’m a sinner that was saved by God’s grace.
The hospital in question consists of 14 tents, holding 68 beds, in order to treat the COVID-19 patients in the New York’s Central Park area.
It has more than 70 medical personnel and specialists, including doctors and nurses. They are doing their best to treat the patients.
Graham though, claims that New York’s officials harassed him regarding the Samaritan’s Purse present in the field hospital.
Graham Claims Officials Harassed Him
His statement below details his account of harassment by “officials and others” in New York.
While so many have expressed their appreciation and support, sadly some New York officials and a special interest group have expressed concerns or outright opposition to the presence of Samaritan’s Purse and our field hospital in Central Park.
They include: Eight Democratic members of New York’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., The New York City Commission on Human Rights, The Reclaim Pride Coalition.
Graham agrees that not everyone embraces their beliefs. He even admits that they are “offensive” to some.
He goes on to say, however, that he thinks this is not the right time to debate this subject.
While our Scriptural belief in marriage between a man and a woman seems particularly offensive to representatives of these three groups, we don’t believe this is the time or place to wage this debate. Christian private relief organization that is funded almost entirely by individuals around the world who share our passion for providing aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution—and doing so in Jesus’ Name.
Graham allegedly turns away gay volunteers
While Franklin also claims his hospital won’t discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community who want to volunteer, one gay man says differently.
Gay activist James Finn shared on Medium what happened when he tried to give away his time and services for free to Graham’s hospital.
As he explains in his story, the Statement of Faith is a requirement for volunteers.
Without signing it, even a doctor with an impressive list of credentials cannot get past the application stage.
So, while Graham can claim he’s not homophobic all he wants, the LGBTQ community will be the final judge as to whether or not that’s true.