Franklin Graham Defends Tony Perkins Against Criticism from Bob Schieffer

(PHOTO: FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL / CARRIE KNEPPER) Family Research Council President Tony Perkins testifies before the Senate State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee on March 11, 2015.
(PHOTO: FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL / CARRIE KNEPPER)
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins testifies before the Senate State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee on March 11, 2015.

The Rev. Franklin Graham has defended Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, calling him a “great American and a strong Christian” after CBS’s “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer suggested that he has taken his stance on marriage “too far” and pointed out that the Southern Poverty Center has branded his organization an “anti-gay hate group.”

“I know Tony. He’s a great American and a strong Christian. Just because Christians take a stand aligned with what the Word of God says is true, that doesn’t mean we are anti-gay. It means that we love people enough to warn them. God tells us in His Word that lying is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, adultery is sin, homosexuality is sin … and ‘the wages of sin is death,'” Graham said in a Facebook message on Monday.

He added that those who stand up for traditional marriage are often targets of “the liberal media’s anti-Christian bias,” but said that does not mean that they should stop speaking out.

The interview Graham refers to occurred at the end of April, when Schieffer tells Perkins that some groups had asked CBS to not even allow Perkins to appear because he “doesn’t speak for Christians.”

Schieffer then asked the conservative if he has “taken this too far,” referring to FRC’s stance against gay marriage.

Perkins, who was invited to speak about the Supreme Court taking up same-sex marriage cases that will decide whether the practice is legalized in every state in the U.S., thanked Schieffer for allowing him to come on the show regardless, and said that the Supreme Court should not be creating public policy.

“We stand with millennia of experience [that says] that the union between a man and a woman, the sacred union of marriage, is the cornerstone of society,” Perkins added.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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