The North Carolina House has approved a proposal to put a statue of evangelist Billy Graham in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, replacing the stature of Gov. Charles B. Aycock, who has come under criticism for his white supremacist views.
All states can contribute two statues each inside the U.S. Capitol, and some of them are placed within Statuary Hall. States can also request changes, as North Carolina wants to do.
After much debate, the chamber voted 71-28 for the bill. If the N.C. Senate also backs it, a statue of Graham will replace that of Gov. Aycock, which was installed in 1932. more >>
Lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed legislation to replace a statue of the state's white supremacist former Gov. Charles Ayock at the U.S. Capitol building's National Statuary Hall collection with a statue of world-famous evangelist and North Carolina native Billy Graham.
As each state has the option to send two statues to the U.S. Capitol building to display in its National Statuary Hall collection, a statue of North Carolina's 50th Gov. Charles Aycock has been part of the collection since 1932, even though it has been well documented that the governor was heavily involved in white supremacy campaigns during the late 1890's and early 1900's. more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out about former mayor Rudy Giuliani's comments questioning President Barack Obama's love for America. Graham said that the country is "morally crumbling within" and has turned its back on God.
"Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he's not sure if President Obama really loves America. I don't know if that's true or not," Graham posted on Facebook, "but I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriage and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don't agree."
Giuliani found himself at the center of a national debate after stating that he wasn't sure whether Obama loved America but later apologized for questioning Obama's intentions and heart. more >>
As the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, Charlotte N.C., prepares to vote on whether to allow transgenders the right to use the public restrooms that are designated for the opposite sex, his son, Franklin Graham, is questioning the judgement of the city council for even considering such a proposal.
"I cannot see why City Council would even consider this. It is not only ridiculous, it's unsafe," Graham, the 62-year-old president of Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement.
"Common sense tells us that this would open the door, literally, to all sorts of serious concerns including giving sexual predators access to children. It violates every sense of the privacy and decency for people." more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham had some harsh words for the White House during an interview with Greta Van Susteren but offered a familiar message to members of ISIS: "God loves you."
"I'm baffled by this White House," Graham told Van Susteren on Tuesday night. "It seems they want to try to believe a lie — that everything's OK when it's not OK. What they (ISIS) did was evil, it was wrong, it was a sin against God," Graham said of the recent beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians.
However, Graham wanted to speak directly to members of the terrorist organization and offered them a simple message: "God loves you and God is willing to forgive you, but you've got to be willing to confess your sin to Him and ask Him for forgiveness and by faith invite His Son Jesus Christ into your heart. If you do that, God will forgive you for what you have done and God will heal your heart and He'll invite you to be with Him for eternity in heaven." more >>
Evangelical preacher Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS by criticizing President Barack Obama's response, which he says "continues to protect Islam." Graham also asked people to "imagine the outcry" if it was Christians beheading Muslims.
"Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we'd better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States," Graham said in response to a video of the beheadings titled "Message to Nation of the Cross," released earlier this week.
In another Facebook post, Graham said that Obama refuses to "acknowledge the truth" and "call Islamic extremism what it is." more >>