Evangelicals rally with famous preacher at Utah State Capitol

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Rev. Franklin Graham preached on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Tuesday morning as part of his 50-state "Decision America 2016" tour.

The Beehive State has a relatively small Evangelical population, so it may not be a big surprise that it had the smallest rally on Graham's tour so far.

The bigger surprise perhaps is that an estimated 1,500 people showed up, the biggest political rally this year for anyone not named Bernie Sanders.

"I didn't think anyone would come when I saw the snow falling earlier today I was pleased that a crowd this large would come. It's been a great day; very pleased," Graham said.

Graham told the crowd to pray before they vote, and to even consider getting involved in running for office.

"For unless America turns back to God, repents of its sin and experiences a spiritual revival, we will fail as a nation," Graham said.

Franklin Graham is the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, who retired due to advanced Parkinson's disease.

Graham took over his father's ministry at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

He also runs the international relief agency called Samaritan's Purse, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world with annual revenues of half a billion dollars.

While Graham is staying away from partisan endorsements, he has made a number of controversial statements, including recent Facebook posts about Brussels saying: "Why does Islam hate so much? It’s because the Quran teaches its followers to hate."

He is also vocally against LGBT rights, ordinances and same-sex marriage.


  • Bob Squared

    Whats controversial about saying the quran teaches people to hate. Obviously the author of this article hasnt read some of the english translations.

  • Anotherbob

    Evangelists are some of the dumbest people, the religion is a scam and Graham the ultimate scammer. “For unless America turns back to God, repents of its sin and experiences a spiritual revival, we will fail as a nation,”, give me a break, we need less religious nutjobs and more love for one another and less hate as he supports.

  • b2rtch

    My wife and I and some friends were some of the few standing and praying there for our country yesterday morning.
    It is really too bad that only a few evangelical feel the need to stand for the Truth and the things that they profess to believe.
    What will it take for them to wake up from their grogginess and to act?
    Thank you Franklin Graham for standing for the Truth and for proclaiming the only true gospel.

  • Derek Saunders

    Sharia Law comes from the Bible. You didn’t know that? Read “BIBLE STORIES MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME” by CL Putnam. Then tell me you want to live in “one nation under God”!

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