Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, has proven to be more fundamentalist than his father — or at least less discrete and careful in his public pronouncements. His father was always careful to cultivate a relatively moderate image in public, but Franklin is going all-in with the anti-Obama nonsense:
“In the last four years, we have begun to turn our backs on God,” he said. “We have taken God out of our education system. We have taken him out of government. You have lawyers that sue you every time you mention the name of Jesus Christ in any kind of a public forum.”
Uh, what? In the last four years? Fundies have been saying this for at least the last 50 years (actually, they said that about the Constitution when it was passed as well). Obama hasn’t done anything at all in support of separation of church and state; in fact, his faith-based partnership policies have been roundly criticized by civil liberties groups. And the last sentence is a carefully crafted lie, using that vague language of “any kind of public forum,” which simply is not true. They usually use the phrase “public square” without ever defining what that means, because they want to give the false impression, clearly stated here by Graham, that it’s now illegal to speak about Christianity in public. The fact that people, included elected officials, do this every single day never seems to register for them.
He also says God may have to punish us economically so we’ll do what Graham thinks we should do:
Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.
The man is a buffoon — and a dangerous one at that.
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