Evangelist Franklin Graham announced Tuesday he is leaving the Republican Party following the GOP’s cave to Democrats last week in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
Graham particularly likened the continued taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in the bill to the funding of Nazi concentration camps.
“Shame on the Republicans and the Democrats for passing such a wasteful spending bill last week,” he posted on Facebook. “And to top it off, funding Planned Parenthood!”
Graham said the funding of Planned Parenthood was a huge loss for America, adding:
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. There’s no question—taxpayers should not be paying for abortions! Abortion is murder in God’s eyes. Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps! That should’ve been all that was needed to turn off the faucet for their funding. Nothing was done to trim this 2,000 page, $1.1 trillion budget. This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America. Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble.
Graham said he was challenging Christians – including pastors – throughout the United States to consider running for office.
“We need mayors, country commissioners, city council members, school board members who will uphold biblical values,” he asserted.
Graham said that, on January 5, in Des Moines, Iowa, he will begin a tour of the states, holding prayer rallies for the country in every capital.