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Franklin Graham Praises Elon Musk’s Pro-Free Speech Stance Amid Potential Twitter Buyout

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In a recent post shared with his millions of social media followers, Reverend Franklin Graham, CEO and President of Samaritan’s Purse as well as CEO and President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, revealed his feelings about the possibility that the entrepreneur and investor Elon Musk could buy Twitter.

Graham wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Thursday evening, “Elon Musk announced [Thursday] that he raised the funds to buy Twitter.”

“There are people who may disagree with our beliefs and our faith in Jesus Christ, but just like people of other religions, we have the right to share our beliefs even when they are not popular.”

Graham added, “I’m glad to see someone who cares so much about free speech getting involved with this platform. He said, ‘Twitter has tremendous potential. I’m going to unlock it.’”

Graham concluded in his Twitter post, “Great to hear.”

Following up on that post, Reverend Graham shared some additional thoughts on the subject on Friday afternoon – and why it matters to him.

Graham told Fox News Digital, “In 2013, Twitter’s CEO said the company sees itself as the ‘place of the global city’. A lot seems to have changed since then.”

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Reverend Graham added: “Twitter is still one of the most influential platforms in the world, and I am grateful to be on it to share my faith and values, but it has become a place where people are banned or blocked if they make statements that Twitter does not find acceptable.”

“It concerns me as a Christian,” Reverend Graham continued. “There are people who may disagree with our beliefs and our faith in Jesus Christ, but just like people of other religions, we have the right to share our beliefs even when they are not popular.”

Franklin Graham (left); Elon Musk is on the right. Reverend Franklin Graham told Fox News Digital, “I hope Twitter understands the value of free speech…and starts celebrating it instead of censoring it.”
(Getty Images)

“That’s how a public square is supposed to work,” Reverend Graham also told Fox News Digital. “It’s a place where ideas, opinions and beliefs should be shared openly and freely.”

“I hope Twitter understands the value of free speech like this,” he said – “and starts celebrating it instead of censoring it.”

Musk currently holds a 9.2% of capital on Twitter, as reported by FOX Business. The founder and CEO of SpaceX as well as the CEO of Tesla recently questioned whether Twitter strictly adheres to free speech principles.

In this photo illustration the Twitter logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Elon Musk’s official Twitter profile. Billionaire Elon Musk bought 9% of Twitter, a $3 billion investment.
(Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Twitter told FOX Business on Thursday that it had received Musk’s updated, non-binding proposal for the company.

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Twitter added that it is “committed to conducting a careful, complete and deliberate review to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the company and all Twitter shareholders.”

Reverend Graham has previously expressed his belief in the importance of freedom of expression.

Several years ago, after Facebook deleted some of his posts from his own account, the evangelical leader shared, “The truth is the truth. God made the rules and his word is the truth. The free exchange of ideas is part of the DNA of our country.”

Faith in focus for this charity group

Meanwhile, Reverend Graham’s charity group Samaritan’s Purse has been busy in Ukraine helping to rescue and care for the thousands of displaced and needy Ukrainians amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war – which is now on its 59th day.

Franklin Graham (right) is shown in April 2022 at one of the medical clinics Samaritan's Purse set up in Ukraine amid the Russo-Ukrainian war.

Franklin Graham (right) is shown in April 2022 at one of the medical clinics Samaritan’s Purse set up in Ukraine amid the Russo-Ukrainian war.
(Samaritan’s bag)

Samaritan’s Purse operates six medical sites across Ukraine – an emergency field hospital and five clinics, Graham shared recently.

“It’s maybe one of the toughest countries we’ve worked in,” he previously told Fox News Digital of the crisis.

Samaritan’s Purse has provided more than 165 tonnes of food to churches in Ukraine and Moldova helping those in need, Reverend Graham’s organization reported.

“It’s a big country, the size of Texas. And transportation [alone] is a problem. They have trains, trucks, etc., but fuel is a big deal. You can’t always get fuel” there.

Samaritan’s Purse teams of doctors and nurses have treated more than 5,000 patients so far, the organization noted.

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The group also airlifted over 232 tons of emergency relief supplies to Ukraine in 8 separate airlift missions.

Graham noted that his humanitarian group works with a network of more than 3,200 churches to share medicine and food with the people of Ukraine.

Reverend Graham (left) is shown praying with a team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine as they prepare to meet the urgent needs of those displaced and injured by war.

Reverend Graham (left) is shown praying with a team of volunteers on the ground in Ukraine as they prepare to meet the urgent needs of those displaced and injured by war.
(Samaritan’s bag)

So far, Samaritan’s Purse has provided more than 165 tons of food to churches in Ukraine and Moldova helping those in need, his organization reported.

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Reverend Graham recently delivered a Lyiv Easter Sermon, Ukrainewhich aired on Fox News Channel on Sunday, April 17 and is available on fox nation.

Lucas Manfredi of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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