President Obama took a slew of criticism from progressives for his tweet honoring the late Christian Evangelist Billy Graham.
Graham, who had served as a personal advisor and moral sounding board to every president from Eisenhower to George W. Bush, died at 99 years old from natural causes. Graham’s medical condition did not allow him to serve Obama but the two did meet.
“Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans,” tweeted the former president.
Those kind words were enough to send liberals and progressives into an outrage on social media. They lashed out at Obama for supporting “America’s Pastor” — as Graham was often called — because of the preacher’s public stand on homosexuality and gay marriage.
“The gift of sex is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman,” is states on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. “There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships.”
Social media posts included calling the late Billy Graham a “homophobe,” “bigot,” and “piece of sh-t.” Many progressives demanded that Obama’s post should be deleted.
“I’m disappointed in @BarackObama celebrating and honoring Billy Graham,” tweeted LBGBT activist Eric Rosswood. “Graham literally destroyed people’s lives.”
“What exactly did he [Graham] guide them towards, except not being gay and not supporting women’s equality?” tweeted Adam Banks.
The Reverend Billy Graham gained prominence in the 1950s and became the most influential preacher of the 20th century. In his prime, Graham organized more than 400 Christian crusade missions on every continent on the globe bringing millions to Christianity.