By Nigel Boys
William Franklin Graham III, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is known for speaking out about the gay lifestyle, is moving the company’s accounts from Wells Fargo because they featured a lesbian couple in an advertisement.
The 62-year-old head of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization, wrote in a post on his Facebook page urging Christians to “fight the tide of moral decay” by boycotting the bank.
“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?” he posed to his followers.
He continued that there are many more instances of the LGBT community and their supporters shoving their views down Christians’ throats, apart from Wells Fargo using a same-s*x couple in their advertising and Tiffany’s advertising wedding rings for gay couples. “But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them,” he added, mentioning that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would be moving their accounts to another bank.
Christina Kolbjornsen, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said the ad echoed a commitment that the bank has had for a long time, namely to proudly support the LGBT community.
“At Wells Fargo, serving every customer is core to our vision and values,” said Kolbjornsen. “Diversity and inclusion are foundational to who we are as a company. Our advertising content reflects our company’s values and represents the diversity of the communities we serve.”
Graham insisted that he was not targeting companies that hire or serve LGBT customers, but he wanted Christians to stop giving money to businesses who are promoting the gay agenda and use shareholders’ advertising dollars to promote homos*xuality.
“It’s promoting a godless lifestyle,” Graham explained. “A bank should be promoting the best interest rates they’re going to give me and what they can do for me as a business. But they should not be trying to get into a moral debate and take sides.”
Graham also addressed the issue of Canada federally mandating same-gender marriages in 2005 and Ireland, who have recently become the world’s first country to legalize gay marriage through referendum.
“In Canada if you say or write anything questioning same-s*x marriage, you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government!” Graham wrote on Facebook.
“We need to realize that if our Supreme Court makes same-s*x marriage the law in the United States, we will be in the same boat,” Graham said in an interview with the Observer. “Will the next step be to ban us from speaking God’s truth from His Word about this issue?”
Graham said that a decision has been made about which bank his association will be transferring their accounts to, a decision that reportedly could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, but he declined to name the chosen bank.
“I haven’t talked to that bank and I’m not sure they want to be part of your story,” he told the publication.
Gay rights and lesbian groups have accused Graham of trying to stir up conservative Christian’s emotions in anticipation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could legalize same-s*x marriages nationally.
Graham “is on the quickly losing side of moral history,” said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based statewide LGBT rights group. “The business community knows these ads are good for business and good for making North Carolina a welcoming state. They are only going to increase, not decrease.”