The granddaughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham warned about the future of religious freedom Tuesday in a speech at the Republican National Convention.
FaithWire reports Cissie Graham Lynch, the 34-year-old daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy Graham, recalled how President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tried to force Christian charities to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and how Democrats are trying to force faith-based adoption agencies to violate their beliefs.
Graham Lynch said the American founders fought for religious freedom and enshrined it in the U.S. Constitution, but that freedom is at risk once again.
“As Americans, we know the first line of the First Amendment protects our freedom of religion. But what we often forget, the actual words are ‘free exercise of religion,’” Lynch said. “That means living out our faith in our daily lives … at our schools and at our jobs. And yes, even in the public square.”
“They fought to ensure that the voices of faith were always welcomed,” she continued. “Not silenced. Not bullied.”
Just a few years ago, however, Obama and Biden tried to force Christian charities and business owners to pay for contraception that may cause abortions in their employee health plans, Graham Lynch said.
“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,” Lynch said.
Faith-based groups received relief from the Obamacare HHS mandate after long legal battles that led to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Biden, who is running for president, has promised to force Catholic nuns, the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby and others to fund abortions and contraception again, if elected.
Graham Lynch praised President Donald Trump for working to protect religious freedom both in the U.S. and abroad.
“He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment. He supported religious beliefs in court. He ensured that religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs. He reversed the policies that placed our little girls at risk,” she said.
“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 around the world,” Graham Lynch continued. “In America, we have not experienced physical persecution even though the left has tried to silence us.”
Lately, the Trump administration has been condemning China for its persecution of minority Muslims and Christians, including through forced abortions and “re-education camps.” Earlier this summer, the Trump administration sanctioned several Chinese government officials in the wake of an Associated Press report documenting numerous human rights abuses, including forced abortions and sterilizations.
Graham Lynch concluded by urging Americans to remember her late grandfather’s challenge and fight for the freedoms that they hold dear.
“Whether you’re a baker or a florist or a football coach, they will force a choice between being obedient to God or to Caesar,” she said. “Because the radical Left 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 us never give in for those who would attempt to take it from us.’”