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  • I fully agree. And as an evangelical Christian who works at Wells Fargo, I feel kinda embarrassed by Graham’s approach to this matter, even though I agree with his ethical stance on homosexuality. I just don’t find anything Biblically compelling about boycotting. The goal of boycotting is to financially harm somebody else to bend them to conform to your will. That doesn’t scream New Testament to me.

    Consider the following:
    http://kingjimmyunauthorized.blogspot.com/2015/06/franklin-graham-wells-fargo.html

  • ben in oakland

    There is nothing new testamenty about Graham’s slander, reviling and obvious malice directed at gay people either. but there you have it.

    Does it bother you at all?

    ““In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.” So laws restricting freedom of speech and assembly are just fine, as long as they “protect the children” from a non-existent threat.

    “guest anchor Martha Raddatz played a clip where Graham said, “Yes, they can recruit” when the interviewer noted that gays and lesbians can adopt children.” Slander, fear-mongering, lies.

    “allowing lesbian and gay couples to adopt is “taking advantage of children, exploiting children.”

    there is more, of course. It is one thing to believe homosexuality is a sin, though I believe it is an abuse of scripture in service to prejudice.

    It is quite another thing to…

  • BB

    Boycott language that is still perfect:

    “For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.”

    – 1 Peter 4

  • Doc Anthony

    Apparently the Disciples Of Christ (Christian Church) denomination believes very strongly in boycotts, as everybody saw over in Indiana. They openly collaborated (via boycott) with the Gay Gestapo; they openly fought against the religious freedom of their fellow Christians.

    And that boycott worked very well. Killed religious freedom in Indiana, quite quickly. Thanks, Disciples Of Christ.

    Obviously Franklin Graham won’t have the same success with his boycott. Unfortunately, his effort will fail. Corporate America has indeed sold its soul to the Gay Marriage Religion.

    Besides, the real question is not whether Corporations agree with the Bible, but whether CHRISTIANS agree with the Bible. Unlike Graham, way too many Christians are clearly DIS-agreeing with their own Bibles. That’s no good.

    Rev. Graham is at least taking a real stand, instead of shrugging his shoulders and/or surrendering. THAT kind of conviction, is what we need right now.

  • Benjamin Wortham

    I’m a liberal from Texas. Never mind Chick Filet, pretty much every mom and pop fried chicken joint down here is owned by born agains. If you won’t shop there, your frying your own chicken. Besides I’m sure I can find something to disagree about with just about anybody. I don’t care about your politics, I care about the quality of the chicken and believe me, the chicken is golden fried and sanctified down here.

  • Be Brave

    A liberal in Texas?

    There goes the state.

  • Be Brave

    Graham should realize that The Church came from and lived in the same kind of sexual and greedy evil society that we have demanding civil rights now. We don’t need to boycott companies, just unrepentant people.

  • dmj76

    Hi

    I understand large Texas cities have many liberals, and Dallas has a democratic mayor.

  • Susan

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that Graham would speak of adoption by LGBT parents as “recruiting.” Evangelism is a major motivator for adoption in the Evangelical communities that make up his constituencies. (see http://www.thenation.com/article/160096/evangelical-adoption-crusade) I heard that statement from him as simple projection.

  • Paul W.

    No surprise here considering the theological slant of the author. This is simply a “bash Franklin Graham and evangelical Christians” propaganda piece. The message is crystal clear: Boycotts are awesome when David Gushee agrees with them; Boycotts are a huge embarrassment when he disagrees with them.

    Most expect better from someone who claims to be a “Christian ethicist”.

  • Larry

    That would be true if it had nothing to do with Graham’s conduct. Franklin Graham does a lot to deserve negative criticism. The boycott plan was not only obnoxious in intent, it was completely boneheaded in execution. It was probably the only boycott out there which ENRICHED its target.

  • Shawnie5

    Nah, the Chick-Fil-A “boycott” and the impossibly silly “kiss-in” was the best thing that ever happened to CFA.

  • larry

    Except Chik Fil-A have killed any chances of expansion in many metropolitan areas and are lawsuit-bait here on in.

  • Shawnie5

    Hee hee…I hear one is coming soon to your neck of the woods.

    And no, they’re not lawsuit-bait, because they’ve never “discriminated against” anybody in any way. I hear they didn’t even bother the “kiss-in” participants — just stood back and let everyone point and laugh.

    But thanks for admitting that most of these “discrimination” lawsuits are a matter of bait. We all suspected as much already.

  • Greg1

    Susan, I’ve seen the children of gay parents (not sure whether adopted, or not), and the kids display the parents’ way of life. That is very bad. Kids only know what they are taught. They receive formation from their parents. And we all know how that living in a gay household would not be gender neutral training. So I would ten to agree with Graham in the general sense, but all situations are different.

  • Greg1

    “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Rev 18:4

  • Ben in oakland

    Greg. you are just making that up. But don’t let that stop you.

    Let’s see: every single one of the literally thousands of gay people I have known in my life have had heterosexual parents. They are surrounded by a heterosexual-only culture, surrounded by an anti-gay culture, and yet, they are all gay!!!!

    Go figure.

  • Neil

    With BLESSINGS to ALL I hear and see these comments from many directions.
    The question that I have is, who among you, cast the first stone !!
    What was your experience when you became ” GOD ”
    The greatest sin (if you believe in sin) is to think you are Godley
    Where is the understanding we are all part of GOD !!
    Even more BLESSINGS !!
    Rec. Neil

  • Larry

    Unless you count the lawsuits having to do with gender discrimination, sectarian discrimination, failing to take action with sexual harassment complaints. That doesn’t even factor in Cathy’s predilection for funding attacks on the civil liberties of gays.

    http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/08/chick-fil-as-history-of-workplace-discrimination.html

    http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-2-13a.cfm

    So if they are the subject of discrimination lawsuits, how can you say they never discriminated? You just can’t keep a story straight.

  • Charles Freeman

    Where you get your facts is one large mystery. Invention? Next, the book of Revelations is hardly a slice of Christianity wherein the content matches history or any version of science. Christian veracity is a myth and yours suffers just a bit also!

  • shawnie5

    I’m talking about anti-gay discrimination, of course. But lots of large businesses get sued for gender discrimination of some sort — and in case you didn’t know, it’s not the same as a finding of discrimination. Get back to me when you have one of those.

  • Larry

    I guess you are now qualifying and limiting your previous statement of:
    “they’ve never “discriminated against” anybody in any way

    Because everything has to be qualified and weaselworded with you. Typical.

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  • He funds abortions with his taxes. Boycott the gov by not paying taxes….
    Some more thoughts on boycotts:https://ronclick.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/i-am-boycotting-your-boycott/

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  • Guestie

    Hey Jimmy, just a few observations here.

    (First of all, I totally agree with you. I have my own reasons for not boycotting)

    Anyway, I wrote because you led with “as an evangelical Christian who works at Wells Fargo…”

    I just wonder why people do that so much in their writing nowadays. (As if their opinion wouldn’t be credible without the preamble/caveat, when in fact their opinion is every bit as valid without it.)

    I heard a commercial on the radio that said, “as a retired schoolteacher, I like to save money on my shopping bill”. To which I replied sarcastically, “as a man, I like to order a large cheese pizza”.

    Basically saying, “don’t all of us like to save money? Being a schoolteacher means more to saving money than a non-teacher?” What does one have to do with the other? LOL

    I also think it’s funny (not absurd, just chuckle-worthy) when doctors write to the newspaper and sign “M.D.” after their name on the letter.

    Sorry if offensive…