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Franklin Graham sounds off on SCOTUS ruling over LGBTQ worker rights | TheHill – The Hill

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham sounded off this week on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that gay and transgender people are protected against employment discrimination under existing civil rights laws and said he believes the decision “erodes religious freedoms across this country.”

In a Monday Facebook post knocking the decision, Graham, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP seeks to restrict use of chokeholds in police reform bill Obama wishes country a ‘Happy Pride month’ after SCOTUS decision protecting LGBTQ rights Trump leads Biden by one point in Iowa: poll MORE, said the ruling “went too far” and added that the Court “exists to interpret the law, not to make new laws—making laws is the job of our Representatives in Congress, elected by the people.”

“People of sincere faith who stand on God’s Word as their foundation for life should never be forced by the government to compromise their religious beliefs,” Graham, son of late evangelist Billy Graham, wrote. “Christian organizations should never be forced to hire people who do not align with their biblical beliefs and should not be prevented from terminating a person whose lifestyle and beliefs undermine the ministry’s purpose and goals.”

Graham is one of a number of conservatives who spoke out against the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, which said that transgender and gay employees are protected against workplace discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the basis of sex. The ruling makes it illegal for employers to fire workers for being gay or transgender.

“As a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, my rights should be protected. Even if my sincerely held religious beliefs might be the minority, I still have a right to hold them,” he wrote. “The same holds true for a Christian organization. These are the freedoms our nation was founded on. The Supreme Court does not override and will never overturn the Word of God.

“One day we will all have to stand before God, the Righteous Judge, whose decisions are not based on politics or the whims of culture. His laws are true and are the same yesterday, today, and forever,” Graham added in the post, which has since racked up more than 144,000 reactions on Facebook and is drawing viral criticism on Twitter.

Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchObama wishes country a ‘Happy Pride month’ after SCOTUS decision protecting LGBTQ rights Overnight Defense: Trump confirms plans to draw down in Germany | Senate panel backs funding to prep for nuclear test ‘if necessary’ | US military command in Korea bans Confederate flag Gorsuch draws surprise, anger with LGBT decision MORE, who was appointed by Trump, drew ire from conservative groups on Monday for breaking with the other conservative-leaning justices and joining the majority in the 6-3 decision.

“In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee,” he wrote in the opinion. “We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” 

However, he also wrote in the opinion that “how these doctrines protecting religious liberty interact with Title VII are questions for future cases too.”

In a statement knocking Gorsuch on Monday, Carrie Severino, president of the conservative organization Judicial Crisis Network, said the late Justice Antonin Scalia “would be disappointed that his successor has bungled textualism so badly today, for the sake of appealing to college campuses and editorial boards.”

“All those evangelicals who sided with Trump in 2016 to protect them from the cultural currents just found their excuse to stay home in 2020 thank to Trump’s Supreme Court picks,” conservative radio host and blogger Erick Erickson said on Monday.

Trump, whose administration had argued the existing civil protections did not extend to gay and transgender workers, said after the ruling on Monday that “some people were surprised.”

But he ultimately said that the Supreme Court “ruled and we live with their decision.”

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Lindsey Graham fires back at Gen. Mattis: You’re buying into an ‘unfair’ narrative – Fox News

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pushed back Thursday on former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis’ criticism of President Trump’s handling of the unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.

“It is so fashionable to blame President Trump for every wrong in America,” Graham said on “Fox & Friends,” the morning after an extraordinary rebuke by Mattis was published by The Atlantic.

Graham said Mattis seems to be “missing that the liberal media has taken every event in the last three-and-a-half years and laid it at the president’s feet.” He said Trump is not “blameless” for the situation unfolding in the country but said Mattis is “buying into a narrative” that is unfair.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis said. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us… We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

Mattis then referenced Trump’s comments on Monday where the president said he is taking “immediate action” to mobilize “all available federal resources” to stop riots and looting across the country and threatened to deploy the military if states don’t send in the National Guard to protests.

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago,” he writes, “I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens.”

In response, Graham pointed out that “Gen. Mattis has the right to express himself above all others in many ways because he served the country over a long period of time [and] put himself at risk for the nation.

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“I admire his service to the nation, but the one thing I would tell Gen. Mattis is that you don’t quite understand that from the time President Trump wakes up and goes to bed, there’s an effort to destroy his presidency.”

Graham pointed out that President George H. W. Bush used the military to support the police in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict.

“The Insurrection Act has been used, but has been sparingly used,” Graham noted.

“Nobody wants to send active-duty troops into American cities unless they’re invited, unless they’re absolutely necessary.”

Graham went on to say that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “should have called out the National Guard early on and I would ask Gen. Mattis to look at the behavior of the politicians in these cities and see if you can find fault with them.”

New York City has been trying to get a handle on the widespread unrest, which included lootings and shootings as well as a stabbing of NYPD officers, after the police-involved death of Floyd on May 25.

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Graham acknowledged that Trump “could be a handful” and could “do better,” but added that “the problems we have in America today weren’t caused by Donald Trump and hopefully he can help the nation heal some of these problems.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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