CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Cissie Graham Lynch, the daughter of Franklin Graham and the granddaughter of Billy Graham, spoke about faith Tuesday night during the 2020 Republican National Convention.
“As Americans, we know that the first line of the First Amendment protects our freedom of religion. But what we often forget the actual words are “free exercise” of religion. That means living out our faith in our daily lives -- in our schools, at our jobs, and yes, even in the public square. Our Founders did not envision a quiet, hidden faith. They fought to ensure that voices of faith were always welcomed, not silenced. Not bullied,” Graham Lynch said.
She claimed the freedoms of religion were under attack during the Obama-Biden Administration.
Graham Lynch said President Trump was a “fierce advocate” for people of faith during his presidency.
“But then We the People elected Donald Trump, people of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House. He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment. He supported religious beliefs in court. He ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs. He withdrew the policies that placed our little girls at risk,” Graham Lynch said
Graham Lynch pointed to President Trump being the first president to talk about the importance of religious freedom at the United Nations.
“So in the words of my grandfather, Billy Graham: ‘Let us stand for political freedom, moral freedom, religious freedom and the rights of all Americans ... and let’s never give in to those who would attempt to take it from us,‘” Graham Lynch concluded her speech.
Graham Lynch tweeted about her speech earlier during the day on Tuesday.
“Over the last four years I have expressed my thankfulness to President Donald Trump and his administration for standing up for and protecting our #ReligiousFreedom. I’m honored to have been asked to stand during the #RNC2020 and share that thanks on the convention stage,” Graham Lynch tweeted.
Graham Lynch was raised in the two ministries her father now leads - the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
Since 2010, Graham Lynch has worked as part of the two organizations in various capacities, currently serving as a communications advisor and ministry spokesperson.
She serves on the Executive Evangelical Advisory Board of President Trump’s Faith Advisory Council and encourages people to speak boldly on issues including life, family, and faith.
Her father, Franklin Graham, will speak Thursday after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.