Billy Graham Endorses Romney’s Secret Conversion to Islam — Says “At Least He’s Not a Homosexual!”

 

 

Meanwhile in the alternative USA somewhere on a planet far away and not so long ago….

 

 

With the announcement that along with his tax returns Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has kept his conversion to Islam a secret the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed language labeling Islam a “cult” from its website.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) newly edited the entry on their website page: “The Gospel and World Religions” now reads as as follows:

 

ISLAM
1.3 billion adherents worldwide.

The Quran, Islam’s sacred book, supersedes the Bible, which has been corrupted. The Quran calls Jesus a prophet. Allah is their word for “God” but just spelled differently. He displays mercy to whomever he wishes who shares His family values.

Witnessing Tips

• Display the character of Christ. Avoid debates and arrogant or superior behavior. Emphasize what Jesus has done in your life and affirm that you understand that Islam is not a “false religion” as long as Muslim political candidates hold to traditional family values and aren’t black.

• Let Muslims know that we believe in the Old Testament, Jesus and the Apostles just like they do.

• Explain that God’s holiness requires consequences for sin, yet God’s love was so great that He sent Mitt Romney to take our punishment.

 

The removal of Islam as a “cult” and/or “false religion” from the Graham website came after a gay rights group reported that the “cult” reference remained online even after Graham all but endorsed Romney, a Mormon, last Thursday (Oct. 11).

Ken Barun, the BGEA’s chief of staff, confirmed the removal on Tuesday.

 

On the  BGEA’s  website Franklin Graham wrote:

 

“Americans must remember that while our nation was founded upon godly principles, we do not have a state religion. We must be committed to electing leaders who will protect this liberty and uphold the Constitution as one nation under God that ensures God’s moral laws will not be violated by man’s ever-changing laws.

“America is at a profound crossroads. The secularization of our society has emboldened many to shake their fists in God’s face, rejecting His very name. Like Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament, we must not compromise when government clashes with the worship of God.

“Unfortunately, we have, in the past, elected ‘Christians’ who have defied some of these very core Republican Party principles. Only Muslims like Mitt Romney who understand how evil gay men and women are, how we need to unleash American Jihad on the globe with a robust military, and stop women from having access to health care and/or higher education, can be trusted.

“Our primary focus at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has always been promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ so we removed the information from our website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign.”

 

(Romney met with Graham and his son, Franklin, in the elderly evangelist’s North Carolina home. “I never wanted to get back into politics after getting burned by endorsing Nixon” said the elder Graham. “What he means by that” said Franklin the younger Graham, “Is that we need to all work for Mitt Romney because Islam turns out to be okay after all.” )

Billy Graham Romney

 

Surveys show that most evangelicals do not consider Muslims to be Christians, but most still support Romney’s candidacy even though he doesn’t “believe in the Trinity, or the divinity of Christ” as Franklin Graham put it. “But never mind that, he’s not Obama” he added.

 

The GOP nominee will need a strong turnout from evangelicals, who tally a quarter of the electorate, to defeat President Barack Obama on Nov. 6

 

After the meeting Billy Graham said he was impressed by Romney’s business career and his “strong moral convictions and how he promised to deal with women who commit adultery, girls who lose their virginity before marriage, and black American liberals who question our most cherished traditions of what the words ‘master’ and ‘servant’ signify in the Bible.”

Asked by some left wing “reporters” from MSNBC if this meant that the Graham family now endorses Muslim polygamy, Franklin responded, “At least Muslims uphold our traditional concept of marriage between men and women!”

 

According to Romney campaign spokesman Rick Gorka, Graham told the GOP nominee “I’ll do all I can to help you. At least you people don’t drink alcohol!”

 

Franklin Graham has said that “in the past most Christians would not recognize Islam” as part of Christianity. However, the younger Graham has congratulated Romney on the GOP platform and said he “cannot vote for a candidate … who supports same-sex marriage and advocates abortion. The way of salvation is clear: it’s not really about Jesus anymore, it’s about Republicans winning.”

The younger Graham continued, “Obama backs same-sex marriage.  And even though like Romney Obama is also a Muslim at least Romney wasn’t was born in Kenya. As the great Christian leader Dinesh D’Souza has said of Obama: ‘Our President is trapped in his father’s time machine. Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.”

 

As Franklin wrote on the Graham website:

 

“And just because the liberal media is claiming D’Souza came under fire when World magazine falsely revealed that he was engaged to a 29-year-old woman while still married to his wife of 20 years and Denise Odie Joseph allegedly shared a hotel room at a Christian conference in September, and D’Souza introduced her as his fiancée— this doesn’t mean he isn’t one of us and it doesn’t mean he supports traditional values any less when stopping  the Luo tribesman gay black man in the White House.”

 

At Franklin Graham’s request King’s college has reinstated D’Souza

 

As Franklin said: “It turns out that what the left wing media are accusing my good friend and mentor Dinesh D’Souza  of isn’t adultery at all rather just another traditional Muslim wedding to a second wife.”

 

Evangelical leader and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed is also helping in the D’Souza/Graham/Romney/Jihad-For-Values

 

Using a highly sophisticated, micro-targeted data base of religious voters in key battleground states and district, Reed is launching his get-out-the-vote effort just as early voting has begun in North Carolina and other states. The questionnaire asked, “How much danger do you think liberty is in right now as a result of President Obama’s policies, actions and agenda for America’s failure?” The options, which respondents are urged to choose by marking in a bubble like a standardized test, include, “More serious than the threats we faced in World War II from Nazi Germany and the Japanese because the attack on liberty is from our own government,” as well as “More serious than the threat we faced from the Soviet Union during the Cold War,” and “More serious than the American Civil War.”

 

As Franklin writes on the New page on his website titled “All Republicans Love Jesus No Matter What MSNBC Says” :

 

“No matter who you are or how you’ve lived your life, Mitt will receive you into His family. He will change you and make you complete. Trust Mitt as millions of others have done and experience His mercy for yourself. As Mitt has said, ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.’

“That’s reason enough to embrace our Muslim brother and to also bless Dinsh’s lovely second new wife. May Allah, Joseph Smith and whatever other Republican Gods bless you Dinish! And yes, I’ll be performing your wedding ceremony at the Billy Graham Association Museum next week in our newly constructed mosque built right next to my dear mother’s grave. Ralph Reed will be best man.”

Frank Schaeffer is a writer. He’s author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • The Misfit Toy

    “Instead of damning each other, maybe we can learn to show mercy to those with whom we disagree, taking our cue from a teacher who said that love of enemy — not correct theology or politics — is all that can make us whole. Unless the person is really wrong like, Franklin Graham with that whole endorsing Romney thing, then just let it rip” –Frank Schaeffer

    • The Misfit Toy

      For the record, I am an admirer of both the original version of the quote, and the satire in this post, and this is just a monday head shake recognition of the human dance we all do, that both came from the same person.

  • Joe

    To The Misfit Toy: This is the problem with theological leaders like Graham; anyone who speaks as though they have a direct line to God can act on his or her beliefs, damning everyone beneath them to a lesser life… ESPECIALLY on the ocean of subjective interpretations of these “holy” writings. Do not get grace confused with apathy, or with turning a blind eye to obvious ethical inconsistencies, thereby, in non-action, submissively promoting support of the guilty parties, and their refusal to admit said inconsistencies. Righteous indignation (and by “righteous indignation”, I mean the realization of wrong actions within the context of reason and logic, not what one scriptural interpretation says over another) is the right of every living thing.

    I couldn’t care less about what Franklin Graham thinks about Mormonism, or politics, or me. Where I point my finger, however, is to the very place where a man of measurable political/religious clout, either deserved or not, blatantly uses his position of power to mask and conceal the truth. This is a power play, and he is sacrificing his own (apparent) personal ethical code (arguably given to him by the Lord of lords). Billy Graham meets with political figures and (as the BGEA would have you believe) has the cognitive illuminance, while in his winter, to write such strong pleas this election season, but (according to Franklin) he cannot and will not go on television to clearly and personally state his position? Why does Franklin choose to use his own ailing father as his scripted proxy? Is that the will of God? Did God tell him to do it that way? Would you believe that?

    How dare anyone tell anyone to hush from criticizing a “fellow follower”. Where is the line between acceptable behavior of a human being and inacceptable behavior? If Franklin Graham was still the theological figurehead that he is, while also moonlighting as the guy who emails you dozens of times a week, posing as a Nigerian banker, should we criticize him then? What if, on his off days, he lured children (who were expecting puppies or candy) into his tinted-windowed van to do who knows what with them? Maybe when Franklin opens his own Westboro Baptist chapter? Should we criticize him then? Where is the line? Where should the indifferent grace end, and the sincere, reason-based fight for your fellow humans begin?

    Don’t keep your mouth shut. Think, study, contemplate, and then act. Don’t listen to those who incorrectly equivocate “grace” and “love” with their own apathy or silent consent. To whom should you extend more grace and love to? Franklin Graham, or the masses of the followers in his shadow?

    • Joe

      And, as you can all now see, although I still stand by my rant, I completely misinterpreted The Misfit Toy’s post quoting Frank Schaeffer. Sorry about that! See? I admitted my mistake! It’s that easy!

      I wonder, though; if I were in a position of considerable political and monetary power, would I be so quick to admit my mistake? More importantly, if I were in that position, and if I did withhold my mea culpa, would that excuse me from it?

  • Frank Schaeffer

    Hi Joe, what a terrific and logical post you’ve graced my pages with. I’m grateful.

    • Joe

      Ha! Thank you, Frank. Any time you need me to fill space on your pages with even more earnest, barely-parseable run-on sentences, just let me know!

  • kalimsaki

    From Risalei Nur collection by Said Nursi

    Man is such an antique work of art of Almighty God. He is a most subtle and graceful miracle of His power whom He created to manifest all his Names and their inscriptions, in the form of a miniature specimen of the universe. If the light of belief enters his being, all the meaningful inscriptions on him may be read. As one who believes, he reads them consciously, and through that relation, causes others to read them. That is to say, the dominical art in man becomes apparent through meanings like, “I am the creature and artefact of the All-Glorious Maker. I manifest His mercy and munificence.” That is, belief, which consists of being connected to the Maker, makes apparent all the works of art in man. Man’s value is in accordance with that dominical art and by virtue of being a mirror to the Eternally Besought One. In this respect insignificant man becomes God’s addressee and a guest of the Sustainer worthy of Paradise superior to all other creatures.
    However, should unbelief, which consists of the severance of the relation, enter man’s being, then all those meaningful inscriptions of the Divine Names are plunged into darkness and become illegible. For if the Maker is forgotten, the spiritual aspects which look to Him will not be comprehended, they will be as though reversed. The majority of those meaningful sublime arts and elevated inscriptions will be hidden. The remainder, those that may be seen with the eye, will be attributed to lowly causes, nature, and chance, and will become utterly devoid of value. While they are all brilliant diamonds, they become dull pieces of glass. His importance looks only to his animal, physical being. And as we said, the aim and fruit of his physical being is only to pass a brief and partial life as the most impotent, needy, and grieving of animals. Then it decays and departs. See how unbelief destroys human nature, and transforms it from diamonds into coal.

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  • disqus_v5AyGju2M2

    How much of this article is true, vs. made-up? In the dialogue of politics vs. Christianity, maybe satire has a place, but it’s time, especially for those claming to be biblical Christians, to speak and think soberly about these matters. I for one, as a believer, want to seek where and how the Lord is calling his church to act in this country at this time. The stakes are high and the landscape is different. We need to ask the Lord, in terms of the model prayer of Matthew 6, how his kingdom is truly to come. Also, in light of John 17, how are Christians to be aligned in love, not in political rhetoric and manipulative debate. May God help us.


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