World Vision’s annual budget is $1 billion. When $1 billion is at stake you backtrack. The Evangelical establishment closed ranks against gay men and women signaling to a new generation of Christians that their religion stands for backward stupidity, not to mention hate. World Vision’s move to allow married gay people to work for the organization was denounced by evangelical leaders as a ‘disaster’ betrayal of biblical morality. Christians canceled their child sponsorship.World Vision caved. … [Read more...]
Let’s be honest. Sure some smart young people who “come to Christ” are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick with the program, because that’s how they earn their living and/or they now are known as “Christians” so backing down is hard since their identity is on the line-- or bail.Some bail. They lose jobs, friends and family. Most who don't bail and sti … [Read more...]
Religious Right Hero, DINESH D’SOUZA Charged with Violating the Federal Campaign Finance Laws– Surprised?
Dinesh D'Souza the religious right leader and former president of ultra-fundamentalist King's College, buddy of Franklin Graham and Sarah Palin, hero to World magazine (until he wasn't!) has just been charged with a federal crime. Surprised? The man behind the ridiculous right wing lie that President Obama was secretly anti-American was fired from his post as the head of an Evangelical College because he cheated on his wife while at a Christian speaking event. And, he admitted to sharing a … [Read more...]
When Billy Graham Dies, What Circus Has Franklin Set Up to Profit, Given What He Did With His Mother’s Body?
Billy Graham is passing away. Too bad. And what will his son Franklin do with Billy's body? Lenin's Tomb anyone?When I met Billy over the years, (he used to visit my parent's home, and he and I met at various Evangelical conferences before I escaped the evangelical world) he seemed like a nice guy.As the years passed, his son Franklin Graham ( I met him at my kitchen table when we were both 9), seemed to exert quite an influence over his parents. He certainly figured out how to make … [Read more...]
As I explain in my book And God Said, "Billy!", exclusionary religion -- in other words all religions that identify people as “saved” or “lost,” or of the right tribe or race, or that demand the holding of correct doctrinal beliefs -- is a killer. Religious faith needs to be put back in the category of personal subjective experience where it belongs. Religion that claims to be "The Truth" (a la Billy Graham delusional evangelical-type thinking) is an exercise in exclusion, in dividing the human … [Read more...]
From: John of BerkleyTo: Franklin Graham and Frank SchaefferDear Franklin Graham and Frank Schaeffer,The other day, I published an article about Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday. I wrote the article out of sincere concern about the infantile state of faith in America, and the role and influence of the religious right in bringing it about. In your own ways, both of you have inspired me to reflect deeply on my own life and worldview, and to paraphrase Frank’s dad, … [Read more...]
Here's my latest MSNBC interview from last night, in which I explain Ted and Rafael Cruz' demented deluded evangelical/Tea Party anti-American "religion." Evangelicalism has become the enemy of Jesus, sanity and of American values. We don't have a political problem, we have a theological problem. It's destroyed the Republican Party and risks our country's future, as I show in my new book on religious delusion And God Said, "Billy!"Strange that angry evangelicals attack those including me … [Read more...]
How can the Jesus-deniers like Franklin Graham and the other evangelical leaders be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are they beyond hope? In human terms they are. But all things are possible with God. So perhaps, even the American evangelical Jesus-hating tribe may be saved.Franklin curses Jesus by (according to media reports) taking a $612,884 per year salary* from funds donated to help the poor and spread the gospel.What did Mother Teresa pay herself?Evangelicals … [Read more...]