CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rev. Franklin Graham is calling for a boycott of gay-friendly businesses, beginning by pulling his ministry’s accounts from Wells Fargo after the bank ran an ad featuring a same-sex couple.
“This is one way we as Christians can speak out – we have the power of choice,” Graham wrote on Facebook over the weekend. “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.”
Graham says a boycott of businesses that feature same-sex couples in their advertising will “fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community.”
He said he’s urging Christians to stop giving their money to businesses “that use shareholders’ advertising dollars to promote homosexuality. It’s promoting a Godless lifestyle. … 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.”
Graham called for the boycott in response to the Wells Fargo ad that features two women learning sign language; in the final scene, they meet a young, deaf girl, signing to her “we’re going to be your new mommies.”
Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, has its largest employee base in the Charlotte area.
On Monday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” Graham told Craig James of the Family Research Council, which is cheering on the boycott, that he will be switching his organization’s accounts to BB&T, another North Carolina-based bank.
But as Right Wing Watch reports, Graham has failed to do his homework on LGBT friendly banks.
BB&T is this year’s sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, along with the chief sponsor of Miami Beach Gay Pride’s “Legacy Couples” program, which celebrates same-sex couples in “committed relationships of 10 years or longer.”
Article continues belowGraham added that anti-LGBT Christians should also boycott Starbucks, Tiffany’s and Nike since they also “promote the gay lifestyle.”
Graham, son of the famed evangelical pastor Billy Graham, runs the church his father started, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which had net assets of $295 million in 2014, according to the most recent data available on the ministry’s website.