Franklin Graham Is Being Boycotted … By Baptists

Evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham isn't new to controversy, and Baptists aren't new to the idea of boycotting things. But now it appears some Baptists are actually boycotting Franklin Graham.

Multiple news sources report that Baptists in Puerto Rico are withdrawing their support for Franklin Graham’s "Festival of Hope" evangelistic rally scheduled for later this month in San Juan, PR.

The group is protesting what they consider Graham's endorsement of recent U.S. anti-immigration policies they consider “contrary to the values of the Kingdom.”

The group's leaders said in the statement (as translated by Baptist Global News):

From the Old Testament to the New Testament, God continually calls us to justice, to love, peace and mercy and, above all, to accompany the marginalized, foreigners, widows and orphans.

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According to the statement from Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico, which is affiliated with the traditionally left-leaning American Baptist Churches USA, they're not supporting Graham's rally for “for reasons of conscience.”

As Baptists, though, the group doesn't necessarily have influence over individual churches, which may or may not participate in the Festival of Hope.

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Barbara Kernisky Reale

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Barbara Kernisky Reale commented…

Good for them! Totally agree with the Baptists! It boggles my mind that a Christian can be exclusive in his beliefs.

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Barbara Kernisky Reale

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Barbara Kernisky Reale commented…

Good for them! Totally agree with the Baptists! It boggles my mind that a Christian can be exclusive in his beliefs.

Eric

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Eric replied to Barbara Kernisky Reale's comment

Barbara, being exclusive in our beliefs is fundamental to Christianity--Jesus is the only way. Also, Baptists aren't boycotting Franklin Graham in Puerto Rico. Just a small group of liberal American Baptists USA. Despite their "boycott," Graham still shared the Gospel with over 13,000 in Puerto Rico this week.

Josh Colletta

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Josh Colletta commented…

*snort* "Humanitarian." Franklin Graham doesn't get to say the bigoted things he does and still be called a humanitarian. This boycott couldn't happen to a better person. Literally, no person better than Franklin Graham would say the things he says and get this kind of backlash.

Eric

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Eric replied to Josh Colletta's comment

Josh, you must not be familiar with his humanitarian organization called Samaritan's Purse. It's very well respected, as is Franklin Graham.

Jon

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Jon commented…

Franklin Graham takes a lot of heat because he's one of the few who's willing to speak truth at all costs. I don't agree with his rallying behind Trump as some sort of evangelical hero. Yet Graham is willing to speak honestly about Islam as a demonic false religion while never demonizing individual people and always offering the good news of the gospel.

Ben

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Ben replied to Jon's comment

It's his recent comments on the immigration ban that have people fired up not his stance on Islam.

https://twitter.com/franklin_graham/status/829680292290056192

Eric

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Eric replied to Ben's comment

Seriously, Relevant? You only need three down votes to get censored from the comments section??? Sorry, Jon.

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