Did the NBA/NCAA Attack on North Carolina Just Backfire?

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (photo credit: NCDOTcommunications via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

A new Civitas poll shows an astonishing turnaround for the courageous North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory — a 9-point swing now putting him up two points after being down seven in the last poll.

As the sports-entertainment complex seeks to shame good, loving people in North Carolina who object to permitting transgender biological males to freely invade the privacy of girls in public school showers by dubbing them haters and bigots unworthy of being treated like any other American state, it looks like the overkill may be provoking a swing in McCrory’s favor.

Or it could be the work of people like Franklin Graham who call on pastors in North Carolina to stand up for the stand-up governor who is facing an avalanche of big donor money and attacks for simple, common sense values:

North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham said Thursday he’s ‘outraged’ at the ACC’s decision to pull games from North Carolina because of House Bill 2. And he called on pastors to join him in speaking out.

In a strongly-worded letter to Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John D. Swofford, a copy of which was sent to the presidents of its 15 member schools, Graham called on him not to make ‘political pawns of student-athletes.’

He also told Swofford that the ACC, NCAA and other companies and organizations now boycotting North Carolina because of the controversial law are guilty of ‘profound hypocrisy’ for ‘making calculated business decisions disguised as moral outrage.’

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Franklin Graham’s Call To Arms

Evangelist Franklin Graham (photo credit: Rachel James via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

An extraordinary statement was issued last week by a renowned leader of Christian evangelicals, Reverend Franklin Graham. His statement should be considered as a thunderclap to the Republican Party.

The GOP is already at loggerheads with its more populist economic supporters in the Tea Party. It has been unable to recreate the kind of message that Ronald Reagan delivered, which brought millions of blue collar workers back to the party’s banner.

Its relationship with social conservatives has been strained over bad judicial nominations, the lack of real resistance to the revolutionary change in the definition of marriage and, most recently, the funding of Planned Parenthood.

More and more lifelong Republicans are calling themselves conservatives first and Republicans second — if at all. I’ve heard from several friends in the past week who have switched their party registration to independent.

And now Franklin Graham, driven over the edge by the omnibus bill, which significantly increased spending and failed to defund Planned Parenthood, has announced that he too is leaving the GOP. Here is his statement:

Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill last week. And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood! A Huffington Post article called it ‘a big win for Planned Parenthood.’ I call it a big loss for America. After all of the appalling facts revealed this year about Planned Parenthood, our representatives in Washington had a chance to put a stop to this, but they didn’t.

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Billy Graham’s Son Turns Against Trump

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham and head of Samaritan’s Purse, seemed to be a fan of Donald Trump for the last couple months, writing posts on Facebook praising him for “shaking up” the GOP.

But now that Rev. Graham is finding out more about Trump’s positions, specifically his comments saying Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should obey the “law of the land” on same-sex marriage, he feels differently about the Donald:

Rev. Graham certainly holds a lot of sway with people of faith, so does this mark the beginning of the end of evangelicals’ flirt with Trump?

Thomas Valentine is a researcher for APIA and a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Continue Reading