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Franklin Graham Calls Out 'Religious Cleansing'

| by Oren Peleg

Televangelist Franklin Graham has a message for America. Graham has called upon the country to fight against removing religion from political life.

Graham's message comes on the heels of the Wyoming Supreme Court's decision to censure Judge Ruth Neely for her refusal to perform same-sex marriages, but to allow her to keep her job.

Neely "must perform her judicial functions, including performing marriages, with impartiality ... She must either commit to performing marriages regardless of the couple's sexual orientation, or cease performing all marriage ceremonies," the court ruled, reports Newmax.

In response to her objection, "the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics recommended she be fined $40,000 and fired from two judicial positions!" Graham posted in a statement to his Facebook page. "Thankfully, this week the Wyoming Supreme Court rejected the Commission’s recommendation and ruled that she could continue serving. This religious cleansing of public officials with religious beliefs about marriage should be challenged on every front! Please pray for Judge Neely who is still facing some form of censure, and thank her in comments below for her courage to take a stand."

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The post received more than 120,000 reactions, 24,000 shares and 29,000 comments within four days.

"Thanks to people with principles," commenter Joanne Gustwiller responded. "The world, the flesh, and the devil are roaming ready to devour those of faith. We the people, President Trump and the team , men/women of faith in Congress, and everywhere else - must pray fervently for God's protection against the biased liberals everywhere who are out to put the devil in power. Watch, beware!"

“This case is not about same-sex marriage or the reasonableness of religious beliefs,” the court's ruling reads, notes K2 radio. “This case is also not about imposing a religious test on judges ... Rather, it is about maintaining the public’s faith in an independent and impartial judiciary that conducts its judicial functions according to the rule of law, independent of outside influences, including religion, and without regard to whether a law is popular or unpopular."

Meanwhile, the court's dissenting opinion stated the case was about religious beliefs.

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In his dissent, Judge Keith Kautz wrote:

Contrary to the position asserted by the majority opinion, this case is about religious beliefs and same-sex marriage. The issues considered here determine whether there is a religious test for who may serve as a judge in Wyoming ... They consider whether a judge may be precluded from one of the functions of office not for her actions, but for her statements about her religious views.

The issues determine whether there is room in Wyoming for judges with various religious beliefs ... The issues here decide whether Wyoming’s constitutional provisions about freedom of religion and equality of every person can coexist. And, this case determines whether there are job requirements on judges beyond what the legislature has specified.

Sources: Newsmax, K2 Radio, Franklin Graham/Facebook / Photo credit: Franklin Graham/Facebook

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