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Franklin Graham calls Taylor Swift's Equality Act support 'crushing threat to religious liberty'

The son of the late Billy Graham wrote on his Facebook page: "Shame on Taylor Swift for using her platform to try to push the socialist left's so-called Equality Act, which has nothing to do with equality, but is about pushing the LGBTQ agenda down the throats of the American people."

In May the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed sweeping new civil rights protections for LGBT Americans. The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to act, however, and supporters of the legislation - including pop star Taylor Swift - are getting frustrated.

The Equality Act, as it's called, expands workplace, education and public accommodation protections that currently prohibit discrimination based on race, gender and disability to include sexual preference and gender identity.

Singer Taylor Swift opened the MTV awards night and performed with a colourful rendition of "You Need to Calm Down" an LGBTQ anthem that some have reported mocks Christians as uneducated and homophobic, with big gold letters on the stage that read "Equality Act."

"This bill is the most crushing threat to religious liberty in our nation's history," Graham wrote. "In addition to allowing perverted men access to women's private spaces like dressing rooms and restrooms, and allowing biological males to take over girls' and women's athletic competitions, this bill would do a lot more damage. It's about trying to force those of us who don't agree to accept and approve the LGBTQ lifestyle, and I'm not going to accept that."

After winning the top prize, Video of the Year for "You Need to Calm Down" Swift called on the White House to respond to the Change.org petition she launched in June and which has more than 500,000 signatures.

The White House responded and said: "The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights," said the statement from a White House spokesperson.

"This is far too serious for Christians to sit by and do nothing," Graham said. "I encourage everyone to contact their representatives in the Senate, asking them to vote AGAINST this dangerous measure which has already passed the House."

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