May 11, 2016

Franklin Graham encourages you to boycott...wait, no...wait, yes....

Can I get a hypocrisy alert? Maybe a giant flashing signal across the sky?

May 7, evangelist Franklin Graham posted this:



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Can you imagine a city where a popular, successful business is singled out and attacked by the mayor who calls for a boycott—all because the business owners let it be known that they operate by Christian principles and believe in God’s definition of marriage? You don’t have to imagine. That’s exactly what just happened to one of America’s most successful businesses. Chick-fil-A has almost 2000 restaurants and sales of more than $6 billion annually. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like their chicken sandwiches—and their high quality service. I have known the owners of Chick-fil-A, the Cathy family, for many years and have great respect for them. They just opened a new store in New York and Mayor De Blasio took the gloves off and came after them, calling for a boycott. Doesn't this sound like bullying, intolerance, and discrimination? All because someone won’t roll over to the LGBT agenda. 
I hope Chick-fil-A has record sales in their New York stores—and tell them how much you appreciate them in the comments below.

Apparently, this is only applicable to businesses he approves of, because he's publicly supported a boycott of Target in a post last year:


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The Washington Post reports that Target will stop using gender specific signage in their stores. In order to be gender-neutral, they won't be separating things like toys and bedding into boys' and girls' sections. Oh really? And they won’t be using pink and blue colors to identify sexes. I think Target may be forgetting who has made their stores strong. It’s not gender-neutral people out there—it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love. What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect? I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders. Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that. If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know what you think. Let them know that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated. (1-800-440-0680) Target is way off-target on this one!
‪#‎OffTarget‬

On April 26 of THIS year, he publicly supported the American Family Association's boycott of target:


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Target is putting its shareholders–and its customers–at risk! Just since last Wednesday over 517,000 people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new bathroom policy that welcomes employees and guests to use the restrooms or fitting rooms that "corresponds with their gender identity." Target certainly has the prerogative to make this decision, but it's proving to be bad for business. I'm glad people are standing up and letting them know this is wrong. I agree with the American Family Association–this policy encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger. A man shouldn't be able to enter the women's restroom or dressing room because he says he "feels like a woman today." That's ridiculous. The fact is, gender identity isn't something we choose or feel. We are the sex God created us to be-male or female. How a person feels doesn't change the facts. Baltimore Raven's tight end Benjamin Watson was right this week when he said "we are buying the lie that feelings trump all else and that how one feels can only be accepted and celebrated instead of addressed and challenged." 
If you'd like to know more about the American Family Association's pledge, you can find out at: https://www.afa.net/action-…/sign-the-boycott-target-pledge/

This also comes after the Friendly Atheist reported last June that Graham supported boycotting LGBTQ-supportive businesses:

Have you ever asked yourself–how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them. At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank. And guess what — we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak out — we have the power of choice. 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. Share this if you agree.

Clearly, it's a shame if someone ELSE promotes boycotting a business because it doesn't follow their principles...but it's totally okay for Graham and his followers to do it themselves.

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