Evangelical Leader Says Pete Buttigieg Should "Repent" for Being Gay

And Twitter was not having it.

Today in "bigoted opinions literally nobody asked for," prominent evangelical Christian Franklin Graham has spoken out against presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, claiming he should "repent" for being openly gay.


Franklin Graham delivers the eulogy during the funeral of his father Reverend Dr. Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina.Graham, who preached to millions of faithful face to face over his decades-long career and tens of millions more through the power of television, died last week at age 99, leaving a Christian evangelist movement without its best known champion of modern times. / AFP PHOTO / Logan Cyrus (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images)

Graham (pictured above), the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Twitter this Wednesday to opine on Buttigieg.

Although Buttigieg identifies as a gay man and a Christian, Graham claimed his sexuality was a sin—and something the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, should "be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized." (He did, confusingly enough, say he "agrees" with Buttigieg's stance that "God doesn't have a political party.")

"The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women," Graham added. "The core of the Christian faith is believing and following Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world—to save us from sin, to save us from hell, to save us from eternal damnation."

Naturally, people from all ends of the political spectrum—including fellow Christians—lambasted Graham for his bigoted and completely unnecessary commentary. Some even pointed out the hypocrisy of supporting Donald Trump, whose lewd, sexist comments are common knowledge, and denouncing Buttigieg, an "honest man," in the same breath.

Celebs joined the discussion, too, including out writer and essayist Roxane Gay, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti, and The Ellen Show Executive Producer Andy Lassner.

Meanwhile, prospects are still looking good for Buttigieg, who's already secured a spot in the first Democratic National Committee (DNC) presidential debate for the 2020 race. It's fitting, too, considering he was voted "Most Likely to Be President" in high school.

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