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Franklin Graham Urges Buttigieg to Repent and Rejects Idea of 'Gay Christian'

Franklin Graham Urges Buttigieg to Repent and Rejects Idea of 'Gay Christian'

Using new terms like "Progressive Christianity" and the "Christian Left" may sound appealing to some, but God's laws and standards do not change.

"He knows better, he knows me" the vice president said.

Another 15 percent said they would support Sanders, who ran a competitive campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016. "God's Word defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized".

Trump's preacher castigated the mayor in a Facebook rant for "flaunting" his sexuality at CNN's town hall on Monday.

Naturally, people from all ends of the political spectrum-including fellow Christians-lambasted Graham for his bigoted and completely unnecessary commentary.

"And part of God's love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us".

Most recently, Buttigieg quarreled with Vice President Mike Pence over the "hypocrisy" of supporting President Donald Trump while boasting his Christian values.

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"Mayor Buttigieg says he is a gay Christian and he wants to unite people behind him", wrote Graham. "The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman-not two men, not two women", Graham tweeted Wednesday.

Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse, faced a storm of criticism for the comment.

Ross Murray, Senior Director at the GLAAD Media Institute and Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, says Graham needs to "stop the attacks on LGBTQ Christians and allies like Buttigieg, and focus on the Gospel's call to protect those most marginalized".

Earlier this month, Graham also came to the vice president's defense, and also used the opportunity to take aim at Buttigieg's interpretation of faith.

"Note that while most white evangelicals remain opposed to same-sex marriage, they (like many other groups) have grown more supportive of same-sex marriage over time", he said in an email that cited Pew data. He has justified his backing of the thrice-married Trump, who has bragged about assaulting women, by noting that the president "defends the faith". "I don't agree with heckling anyone-I think we should be respectful".

Still, John Fea, professor at Messiah College and author of "Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump", characterized the whole debate as "much ado about nothing", politically speaking.