In a stunning defeat for religious conservatives and resounding victory for advocates of LGBT rights this Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 ruling that says an employer who fires a worker for being gay or transgender is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The decision roiled evangelicals across the country, one of whom was evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham.
In a post to his Facebook page, Graham railed against the decision, saying that it “erodes religious freedoms across this country.”
“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 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.”
“As a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, my rights should be protected,” he continued. “Even if my sincerely held religious beliefs might be the minority, I still have a right to hold them. The same holds true for a Christian organization. These are the freedoms our nation was founded on.”
According to Graham, 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.”
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