A mayor in New Jersey is in the news for speaking out against a state law requiring LGBTQ history be taught in middle and high schools – and he's got a high-profile supporter in his corner.
Barnegat Township Mayor Alfonso Cirulli called the mandate "an affront to Almighty God" (see related local news report). While the mayor's comments didn't sit with some people in the Garden State, someone who does support the mayor is Christian evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham (pictured). He told "The Todd Starnes Show" that the mayor is correct.
"I back him 100 percent," said Graham, referring to the Republican mayor's stance. "God made us and created us. He made us male and female so that we could carry on the population and have children and that we would increase – and homosexuality goes against God's plan for the human race. And so the mayor is correct."
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Graham added that he is "not against gay people" – then directly addressed listeners to the show.
"I'm not fighting them or anything like that – so if you're gay and you're listening, I want you to know that I do care about you and I love you; but at the same time I love you enough to tell you the truth: that homosexuality is a sin against God."
Graham continued: "I'm not your judge, God is; but you will have to stand before Him one day and give an account for how you have lived your life."
And everyone will have to stand before God, noted Graham:
"I just want to warn you that God is going to judge all sin, but He's willing to forgive sin if we're willing to repent. And that means to turn from our sin and by faith believe on His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth to take our sins and die on a cross and shed His blood for each and every one of us."
Graham went on to call for pastors and churches to stand up and speak out.