The American evangelist has reacted to President Obama’s recent attempts to encourage equal rights during his visit to Kenya.
Charity head Franklin Graham could not help but shake his weary head in disbelief, after reading reports that the US President publicly challenged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about gay rights over the weekend.
Obama is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and has championed the legalisation of same-sex marriage throughout America – a source of constant disappointment for Mr Graham.
When the ruling was handed by the Supreme Court last month, the President lit up the White House in rainbow colours to show his unity with the LGBT community.
Graham was – unsurprisingly – angered by the show of unity, calling the illumination, “outrageous” and “a real slap in the face of the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored.”
And Obama’s recent actions during his state visit in Kenya have caused the Samaritan’s Purse even further upset.
“I didn’t know that we were sending our president halfway around the world to promote the gay and lesbian agenda!” Graham wrote on Facebook.
“Samaritan’s Purse has an office in Kenya and has worked there many years, and I can tell you that the churches in Kenya know what the Bible says about homosexuality — it is a sin.
“Thankfully though, sin does have a remedy – forgiveness is available through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. As a world leader, the United States of America is now exporting the acceptance of immorality via our president. What will the cost of that be?” Graham questioned.
Mr Graham may be unaware that the current “cost” for “immorality” in Kenya is imprisonment of up to 14 years. During his speech, President Obama warned of the dangers of such discrimination, encouraging Kenyatta to change his outlook on marriage equality.
“I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this – I believe in the principle of treating people equally under the law, and that they are deserving of equal protection under the law, and the state should not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation,” said the US leader.
However, President Kenyatta responded: “The fact of the matter is that Kenya and the United States share so many values… but there are some things that we must admit we don’t share.”
This is not the first time Graham has supported the anti-gay approach to leadership – he has praised Russia’s leader, claiming Vladimir Putin is “doing what’s right for Russia” by implementing anti-gay policies.