Cissie Graham Lynch, the granddaughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, warned during Tuesday’s Republican National Convention that a nation led by Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris “leaves no room for people of faith.”
Lynch, a communications advisor and ministry spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse, said America’s Founders “did not envision a quiet hidden faith.”
“As Americans, we know the first line of the First Amendment protects our freedom of religion,” said Lynch, who also hosts a BGEA podcast. “But what we often forget – the actual words are 'free exercise of religion.' That means living out our faith in our daily lives, in our schools, in our jobs, and yes, even in the public square.”
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Although the Founders fought to ensure people of faith were “not bullied,” the Obama-Biden administration did just that, Lynch charged.
“These freedoms were under attack,” she said of the Obama-Biden era. “Democrats tried to make faith organizations pay for abortion-inducing drugs. Democrats tried to force adoption agencies to violate their deeply held beliefs. Democrats pressured schools to allow boys to compete in girls' sports and use girls' locker rooms. Those are the facts.”
President Trump, she said, has been a defender of religious liberty.
“People of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House,” Lynch said. “He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment. He supported religious beliefs in court. He ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs. He withdrew the policies that placed our little girls at risk. And on the world stage, President Trump became the first president to talk about the importance of religious freedom at the United Nations, giving hope to people of faith around the world.”
The pandemic has underscored the differences between the two major political parties, Lynch said. She asked viewers to vote for Trump in November.
“Some Democratic leaders tried to ban church services, while marijuana shops and abortion clinics were declared essential. But you know what truly is essential? Our right to worship freely and live our faith in every aspect of life,” Lynch said. “The Biden-Harris vision for America leaves no room for people of faith. Whether you're a baker or a florist or a football coach, they will force the choice between being obedient to God, or to Caesar, because the radical Left’s God is government power. So in the words of my grandfather, Billy Graham: Let us stand for political freedom, moral freedom, religious freedom and the rights of all Americans. And let's never give in to those who would attempt to take it from us.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.