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Franklin Graham wants to boycott Wells Fargo: New ad forces lesbian couple ‘down our throat’

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Evangelist Franklin Graham called for a boycott of the Wells Fargo banking chain because he was offended by a commercial featuring a same-sex couple, the Charlotte Observer reported.

“It’s promoting a godless lifestyle,” Graham said. “A bank should be promoting the best interest rates they’re going to give me and what they can do for me as a business. But they should not be trying to get into a moral debate and take sides.”

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The commercial, which debuted last month, shows the two women learning sign language while preparing to meet their adopted daughter. Graham ripped the ad on his Facebook page on Friday.

“Have you ever asked yourself–how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community?” he wrote. “Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them.”

In response, Graham said he was directing his organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and supporters currently using Wells Fargo to switch to another bank. The Observer reported that the group reported an income of $107.7 million last year.

Graham said on Monday that he has already identified which bank he intends to use for the association’s finances going forward, but that he has not contacted it. He also defended using Facebook — which has expressed public support for same-sex marriages — to announce his anti-LGBT campaign.

“It’s free,” he told the Observer. “I want to be a good steward of our monies.”

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While Graham said he has found a new bank to cater to his followers, The Daily Dot noted that several of the country’s biggest bank and credit card companies, including American Express, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, US Bank and others, have been identified by the Human Rights Campaign as being supportive of the LGBT community.

Economist Ken Thomas also told the Observer that Graham could put the bank he chooses to work with in an awkward position because of the fallout of being associated with his group.

“The bank that takes this account will be in a higher visibility position because you’re going to ask them, ‘What do you think of that ad?'” Thomas said. “They will face some potential reputation risk.”

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Curfews and clashes as police brutality protests escalate

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Curfews were imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality erupted across America with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump that his government would stop the violent protests "cold."

Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence on Saturday with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city on Monday.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta were among two dozen cities ordering people to stay indoors overnight as more states called in National Guard soldiers to help control the civil unrest not seen in the United States for years.

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‘Insanity outside the White House’: After Trump stokes tensions, fresh clashes between police and protesters

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As protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd continued in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, a massive crowd gathered outside President Donald Trump's White House as demonstrators again turned their ire and demands for justice and healing towards the nation's most powerful elected official. After tensions built, clashes erupted between law enforcement and demonstrators.

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Ocasio-Cortez blasts her NYC mayor for ‘making excuses’ for NYPD violence against protesters

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The youngest woman ever elected to Congress ripped her city's mayor on Saturday for "making excuses" for New York Police Department actions.

In videos that circulated widely on social media, NYPD cruisers can be seen driving into pedestrian protesters.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted New York City Mayor de Blasio for defending the NYPD.

On Twitter, she told the mayor, "your comments tonight were unacceptable."

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